You Should Know
Infant Dental Plan
After birth parents should massage their baby’s gums with their little finger, a soft cloth or a rubber fingertip toothbrush. You should do this a few times a day for no more than two or three seconds. By doing this consistently it will prevent most fussing and fretting when the infant is eventually taken to the dentist.
Toddler Dental Plan
It’s recommended to not use fluoridated toothpaste until age 3. After age 3, parents should be supervising their child while brushing. Use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and make sure your child does not swallow excess toothpaste. And remember to sing, “This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush are teeth… And we do it every morning.”
Work that core baby!
Doing sit ups with your baby is a great exercise to strengthen the muscles in her shoulders, core, arms and back. But only if she can support her head – usually starting around 6 weeks. Just pull your baby toward you gently by the forearms. Even though you’re doing the pulling, she’ll naturally flex her ab muscles and work to keep her head aligned with her body. You’ll only be able to pull her an inch or two at first, but eventually she’ll make it into a full sitting
To schedule or not to schedule, that is the question. And that will always be the question because no one, not even the experts, can agree on an answer. Whether it’s your first child or your fourth, knowing exactly when your baby should eat, play and sleep can be a challenge. But that’s okay as long as it all gets done. The thing to remember, whether you follow a parent-led schedule, a baby-led schedule or a combination of both, is that your baby’s well-being comes first. So follow your doctor’s advice and your own gut feelings to determine what your baby needs when, no matter what the schedule says.
One study found that it only takes six minutes of reading to reduce stress levels by up to 68%. Reading proved to reduce stress better than listening to music, walking or drinking tea did. It seems that when you concentrate on what you’re reading instead of your worries, you benefit both physically and mentally. Physically, reading slows down your heart rate and eases tension in your muscles. Mentally, reading provides knowledge and inspiration, and it sparks imagination and creativity. There really is nothing better, or more relaxing, than losing yourself in a good book – even if only briefly.