The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months and can be continued for as long as both mother and baby desire it. The following articles help explain how breastfeeding not only provides excellent nutrition but also sets baby up for healthy growth and development.
Does your infant have a regular fussy period each day when it seems you can do nothing to comfort them? This is common for babies. It tends to happen between 6:00 p.m. and midnight—just when you, too, are feeling tired from the day. These periods of crankiness may feel like torture, especially if you have other demanding children or work to do. Fortunately, though, they don't last long.
When needed, infant formulas can provide excellent nutrition for your baby. But with so many commercially prepared infant formulas available, it's easy for new parents to quickly become overwhelmed. In this series of articles, learn more about what to look for in a baby formula, and most importantly, how to prepare and store your baby's formula safely.
Starting solid foods is an exciting milestone for babies! But making sure your baby is getting the right foods at the right time can be tricky. The articles below can help you navigate the world of healthy eating for babies. If you have any questions about your baby's nutrition―including concerns about your baby eating or drinking too much or too little―talk with your pediatrician.
Babies do not have regular sleep cycles until about 6 months of age. While newborns sleep about 16 to 17 hours per day, they may only sleep 1 or 2 hours at a time. As babies get older, they need less sleep. However, different babies have different sleep needs. It is normal for a 6-month-old to wake up during the night but go back to sleep after a few minutes.
Since disposable diapers were introduced about forty years ago, these modern diapers are meeting the needs and expectations of most parents; however, diaper choice is a decision that every new parent faces. Ideally, you should make the choice between cloth and disposable diapers before the baby arrives, so you can stock up or make delivery arrangements ahead of time.