Things to Do By The End Of A Newborns First Year

Things to Do By The End Of A Newborns First Year

Now that your newborn is here, you’re prepared to dive into being a parent. You have a car seat ready to go along with a stroller, crib, numerous toys, and what feels like a hundred diapers and onesies. It can be easy to get overwhelmed as they grow and you lose sleep. Here are a few key things to remember that will help you to be sure your child is well taken care of and ready to grow and learn beyond that first year.

Illness

It can be scary when your child gets sick at any age, but you can take some steps on your own to make sure they are getting the care they need. Common illnesses they may contract are fevers, colds, the flu, ear infections, or diarrhea. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions about how to recognize the symptoms of these illnesses, how to handle them, and in what circumstances you should take your child to the doctor.

Infant Dental Exam

An infant dental exam is recommended by the end of their first year or when their teeth begin to come in if this is sooner. It’s good to be proactive and begin preventing cavities and any oral problems early on.

You can prepare your child for this visit by practicing opening and closing your mouths together and reading books about the dentist so they won’t be afraid when they go. It can also be helpful to get the required paperwork ahead of time so you have it ready when you arrive at the dentist’s office.

Sleep Training

Start looking for signs that your child is ready for sleep training when they are about 4 months old. By this time they begin developing a regular cycle of their own and don’t need feedings as often in the night. You’ll want to introduce a bedtime routine and stay consistent with your daytime schedule and bedtime.

There are several methods to use with sleep training, and it’s important to stick to what you’ve chosen. Some of these include letting your child cry it out,  giving your child comfort right away and soothing them to sleep, and staying in the room until they fall asleep, gradually increasing how far away you are each day.

Pacifiers

Pacifiers can be a huge help in comforting your child, but they can also become a crutch for both of you and contribute to ear infections or dental issues. If you choose to get your child a pacifier, don’t start them on it too soon.

It’s okay if your child isn’t interested in using one, but if they are, don’t use it as the first line of defense. If your child likes to suck their thumb, it may be a more difficult habit to break than throwing away the pacifier when it’s time.

Conclusion

There is a lot of advice on how to care for your child at every age, and much of it can be contradictory. Remember to be attentive to your child’s needs and don’t take others experiences as law. This child will likely do things their own way, even if you have older children. Give them a healthy amount of learning, love, and care, and you’ll do just fine.

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