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Will Baby Learn Climb
Once mobile: Children are natural explorers and are fast. If you have stairs gate them off to prevent your child from climbing when you are not watching and with him. Most children can climb up pretty easily but have trouble descending. They need constant supervision to avoid a fall. Anytime after a child learns to walk they may try.....Some before. Children are surprising. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
12 to 15 months: Children want to check out their world starting around 6 months, and by 9 months are able to crawl around. By 12 months, that just doesn't cut it, and they pull up on objects and cruise. We expect babies to walk between 12 and 15 months, though of course some will walk by 9 or 10 months, and some won't by 15 mo. A lot depends on the drive and gross development of the child. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Walkers and jumpers do not help a baby learn to walk. Walkers and jumpers are ok to use under adult supervision, and for less than 30-60 minutes at one time. They are not for keeping a toddler in, without supervision. Dangers include crashing into furniture corners, flipping over, falling down stairs, and sliding through the seat (possibly getting tangled up and possibly getting choked). ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
9 months: When baby begins to reach and hold things, he also puts them into his mouth. He may start finger feeding by 9 mo, using utensils by 12-15 months. The majority of feeding, however, will still be from you, as he will lack the coordination to load the spoon and get the contents to his mouth without spilling. That will occur about 2 years of age. Just because they can use utensils, doesn't mean will. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Breastfeeding: Some breast fed babies will not take a bottle especially if it is introduced later rather than sooner. Those babies adjust their eating habits to when mom is available. ...Read more
Burping your baby: By around 2 or 3 months-old, babies no longer need to be regularly burped. At this age, babies start spending more time upright and awake, in infant seats and strollers, so they're able to get most of the burps up on their own. ...Read more
No: Babies are not born knowing how to swim. A baby can sometimes hold their breath as a reflex, but this should not be mistaken as an innate ability to swim. Water can be very dangerous for your baby: it takes a very short time for a baby to drown. It is extremely important that you carefully monitor your baby at all times whenever he or she is near water, and this includes the bath tub. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
As Soon As Possible: Babies and toddlers brains are programmed to learn language. Regardless of language or culture, all babies and toddlers intuitively pick up language in the first few years of life. During early childhood, the brain is primed to pick up on the distinct sounds of different languages. Exposing your child to a second language early in their life makes it much easier for them to learn it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't make him!!: First be sure your child is ready. Get a potty chair to practice. Ask your child to let you know when the diaper is wet or dirty. Set aside some time for the process, catch the child in the act of pooping, offer small rewards, never force a child but you can coax him/her gently.Never punish and have patience, it will happen. ...Read more
At pediatrician's: The most accurate baby weight is done with an infant scale. Your physician or nurse will have one available and often will weigh your baby without an appt. A less accurate way is to have your own scale, weight yourself, and then hold the baby and weigh yourself again and calculate the difference. However most adult scales are not accurate for small weight changes. ...Read more
Does the "let them cry" method work? On a 4mo old? We r going from swing to crib. Need good tips. Slow transition? Soothe? Let cry?
They train you: If they're crying, it means that they want something from you. If you give it to them, then they learn that crying = getting something. If you don't give it to them, then they learn the opposite. This is not to say that you withhold diaper changes and feeding. However, learning to self-sooth is an important step in a kiddo's development. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nipple Confusion?: The short answer, of course, is "maybe." babies have a reflexive need to suck, but the way they need to suck to nurse is different than how they can suck on a bottle or pacifier. In the first week or so of nursing, the different shape of a pacifier may make learning a good latch at the breast harder, but many babies do great with both. If she nurses well, it should not be a problem for her or you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Delay until 6mo: Solid foods were once used to make up for deficiencies in home made milk formula used in the 50's to 80's.A return to breast FDG & modern formulas changed the value of solids from nutrition, to a pathway to teach baby to eat & transition to table foods.Waiting until 6m allows baby to sit & participate in a feeding, much as the will when older.Start with a few tablespoons as a paste. ...Read more
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