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When to start babies on baby food?

When to start babies on baby food?

Around 6 months: Short answer: when an infant has enough upper body control to indicate hunger and satiety, has doubled his birth weight, & can push the food from the spoon to his throat.However, the american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition till about 6 months & continuing till 12 months. See "nutrition:what every parent needs to know" on www.Aap.Org. ...Read more

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What should we cover when discussing parenting before our baby arrives?

What should we cover when discussing parenting before our baby arrives?

Sharing of care: Many questions will come up! breast or bottle and how can your partner best help? Thoughts on future discipline, even issues of faith are assumed until friction arises.What does your partner believe about work and sharing of responsibilities both at home and about work. Sharing and listening will build the strongest relationship. ...Read more

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Can babies recognize their mothers' voices at birth?

Can babies recognize their mothers' voices at birth?

Yes: The prevailing information when i looked into this stated a firm preference for mothers voice was established by 8 hours(compaired to similar sounding women) with dad trailing behind a bit at 24 hrs. So the answer is sort of both yes and no. I find it amazing that a newborn can sort out all the new sounds they have to deal with that soon. ...Read more

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What is the age that kids lose their first baby teeth?

What is the age that kids lose their first baby teeth?

Age 4-7: Children will normally begin to lose their baby teeth between the ages of 4-7. The lower two front teeth should be the first to go. As long as the order of the tooth loss and adult replacement proceeds normally, the actual age of loss shouldn't matter. Enjoy! ...Read more

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When should babies get their first rotavirus vaccination?

When should babies get their first rotavirus vaccination?

2 months: They should begin the rotavirus series at 2 months of age. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/rotavirus/vac-faqs.Htm for more information. ...Read more

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First male child born to a couple was g6pd deficient. Should they try for their second baby?

First male child born to a couple was g6pd deficient.  Should they try for their second baby?

Manageable defect: Of the metabolic defects out there for one to have, g6pd is at least manageable thru your lifetime & compatible with a wonderful life. A couple with one g6pd kid is at risk for the same defect for any pregnancy. They can also produce a carrier or kid free from the gene.Knowing ahead of time puts the family in a good position to make that sort of choice. ...Read more

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When do babies laugh for the first time? She's 4 months old and smiles all the time.

When do babies laugh for the first time?  She's 4 months old and smiles all the time.

Baby is well & happy: Smiling or laughing is a sign of content and in a baby, it suggests she is feeling well/happy. We don't really know exactly when baby purposefully smiles, but often by 2 months, baby interacts with others, cooing, giggling, smiling, and crying too. So, my guess is around 2 months, some may do earlier, some later. Congrats on the baby. Baby=miracle of life. Enjoy and good luck. ...Read more

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When will babies start recognizing their names?

When will babies start recognizing their names?

8 months or so: Usually babies will start to respond to their name around 8 months. ...Read more

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4 month old baby born at 35w+3days. Should baby's born this early (5weeks) wait longer until they are introduced to solids?

4 month old baby born at 35w+3days. Should baby's born this early (5weeks) wait longer until they are introduced to solids?

Baby diet: Basically, in these days we do not recommend early introduction of solid food not even to full term infants because of food allergies. If the baby is growing well you may introduce the solid food around 6 mo of age unless otherwise advised by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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At what age can you start adding rice cereal to a baby's bottle at night?

At what age can you start adding rice cereal to a baby's bottle at night?

Dont need to: No need to add rice to baby's bottle unless it is for a medical reason like reflux. Starting baby foods, that is feeding rice cereal watered down with breast milk or formula and feeding it with a spoon can begin at 4 to 6mo of age. ...Read more

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What age should babies get their first rotavirus vaccination?

What age should babies get their first rotavirus vaccination?

First dose: at two months of age. Then repeat at 4 months. Depending on which vaccine is used, may need third dose at 6 months. It is an oral vaccine. ...Read more

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When will babies sleep through the night first?

When will babies sleep through the night first?

Three to four months: Babies are capable of one period of deep sleep (3-4hrs) per 24 hours starting at birth and generally drift in and out of lighter sleep states for the rest of their day. By 3mo their brain waves include mature sleep patterns and longer sleep is expected. Babies can learn to self settle soon after birth and return to sleep after they wake, though a brief feeding may be needed.Good routeins help. ...Read more

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When do babies start teething?

When do babies start teething?

Teething: Most babies get their first tooth around six months and then a new tooth about every month or so - a typical 1 year old may have six teeth. However some babies are born with teeth (natal teeth) and some babies don’t get their first tooth until they are 1, there is a wide range for normal development. Kids may lose their first tooth around age 5, barring trauma. ...Read more

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What age do you start feeding babies baby food?

What age do you start feeding babies baby food?

I wait until sitting: Studies of various populations show that breast milk alone supplies balanced nutrition for the first year +. Most early solid feeding pressure comes from the days babies were fed home made blends of boiled cow milk/karo & vitamins.At the time early supplements made sense, now they are overdone.Starting should focus on training baby to sit up & eat in preparation for his/her position at the table. ...Read more

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At what age can infants start holding their bottle?

At what age can infants start holding their bottle?

The best answer is n: It's best if an infant never lies down holding a bottle. Formula & juices sit around the teeth & these are toddlers & preschoolers w/ rotted brown nubs or silver caps for front teeth. Some studies showed more ear infections. An 8/9 month old can often hold a bottle but should only do so at meal time in the high chair. Walking around w/ a bottle leads to cavities, poor feeding & often anemia. ...Read more

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Why did the number of american women breastfeeding their babies drop dramaticly after wwii?

Why did the number of american women breastfeeding their babies drop dramaticly after wwii?

Overlapping issues: This era saw many changes in family life.Many women worked outside the home & needed an easier way to feed the child. Soon after the first antibiotics (wwii), we had staph outbreaks in nurseries with germs that weren't killed by penicillin.Many thought breast feeding spread the germs so babies were wrapped in sterile blankets & bottle fed. A home made formula was promoted & the rest is history. ...Read more

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When can you start giving a breastfed baby gerber?

When can you start giving a breastfed baby gerber?

?????: It would be nice if you supply both the age of the kid and what Gerber product you have in mind.The Nestle corporation bought out Gerber years ago to so they could re-brand a Nestle formula for sale in the US. It is a big part of their infant nutrition lineup. ...Read more