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Life with Baby

You and baby are experiencing many new firsts together, like your baby’s first laugh, first sneeze, and all the very special first-times in between. We’ve got helpful resources to help you feel confident so you and baby can enjoy these firsts together.


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Safety Tips

Baby’s first bath will be a new experience for both of you, so give yourself plenty of time to relax and enjoy it. In the beginning, you should give your baby a sponge bath twice a week or as needed, until the umbilical cord heals.

Facts, Myths & Tips

Becoming a mother means you have to think twice now: once for you and once for your baby. Having a little help to make the right decisions can make all the difference. And mean you have more time for the important stuff, like hugs and kisses. Below are some myth’s, facts and tips so make the most out of your time with you and your growing toddler.

Childcare

When you're ready, there's almost nowhere you and your baby can't go together. When you feel up to taking him on a little trip, you'll want to be prepared for any baby mishaps with the help of a diaper bag list. But for your own enjoyment it's also important to not go overboard and weigh yourself down with a lot of unnecessary stuff.

Caring for Baby

When you’re a new parent your baby’s cries can be overwhelming. Remember it’s a new world outside the womb and your little one is adjusting to his new surroundings.  Even knowing this, you may still be left wondering "WHY is my baby crying?" Crying is your baby’s way of talking to you and is a normal part of his growth and development; don’t fear it, learn from it. Why babies cry can vary widely, but hunger, fussiness, wetness and being uncomfortable or tired are all reasons he’ll try to communicate with you by crying. And while some babies may cry more than others, they can eventually grow out of it.* So be patient, soon enough those tears will turn into smiles.

Building Healthy Habits

Your bundle of joy is quite the little sleepyhead. But at night, she may not be so cooperative. In fact, these irregular newborn sleep patterns are probably throwing off your internal time clock and chosen hours of sleep. Here are some tips to help you and and your baby adjust to these new baby sleep patterns.

Your New Role as Mom

Getting enough sleep during the first months of your baby's life means adjusting to your own new sleep habits and those of your baby.

Baby's Development

During baby's first month, your newborn baby will focus on learning how to make sense of a new environment using her eyes, ears, sense of smell and touch. Through the love, comfort and attention that you'll provide, your baby will bond even more closely with you.

Childcare

Your baby is sleeping peacefully right in front of you but you still have that longing feeling, like you miss her. The thought of leaving her is tough right now, but gradually, you'll begin to feel like you can take some time away for "you time". Sooner or later, you'll even consider the idea of hiring a sitter to care for her. Whether you're spending an evening out with your partner, or just craving a peaceful afternoon to yourself, choosing the right babysitter is important both for the safety of your child and for your own peace of mind.

Safety Tips

During your pregnancy, you probably focused on taking the best possible care of yourself and preparing your family for the arrival of your new child. Now that baby is here and soon to be discovering his new world on all fours, make sure you know about and have taken the home safety measures that will give your baby a safe and sound environment in which to grow and thrive.

Caring for Baby

During the first year of life your baby's digestive system is growing rapidly and this can make him a fussy baby every now and again. Not to worry – this is a normal part of your baby's development. Interestingly, if you have a fussy baby it isn't necessarily because of a feeding issue but may be due to some of these other more common baby discomforts:

Building Healthy Habits

We all know that being kind, honest, and hardworking impacts our children in a positive way. But your child won't pick up your beliefs just by watching; it's hard work passing on the moral values you believe in.

Your New Role as Mom

Now that your baby's getting a little older, you may be thinking about getting back to your "old self." For most mothers that means feeling as healthy as you used to, as well as regaining your pre-pregnancy figure. However, you're probably also learning from your friends, family and other mothers that every woman's body reacts differently to pregnancy and birth. Exercise after giving birth might be completely different than before your baby arrived.

Baby's Development

Your baby is even more alert now, and really taking everything in around him.

Childcare

Returning to work after maternity leave may be a financial necessity for a lot of mothers, but that doesn't make the decision any easier. After all, it can be difficult to leave the child you've spent so many months caring for and getting to know.

Safety Tips

By now, your toddler has discovered his legs, and is either crawling or walking in all directions, and probably in directions that you don't even know he's headed. This means you have a new set of toddler safety challenges to prepare for as his new adventures get underway.

Caring for Baby

Early childhood immunizations are an important safeguard against serious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses for your baby. While it may be difficult to hear your baby cry when she gets a shot, keep in mind that the pain lasts mere seconds but the benefits can last a lifetime. Follow the immunization schedule provided by your baby’s doctor and remember that many vaccines are covered by provincial or territorial health plans, which means you won't have to pay out of pocket for them.

Building Healthy Habits

No matter how eager you may be there is no "right" age to start potty training your little one. After 12 months, your baby may start showing some signs of bladder or bowel control, but most toddlers aren't really ready until 18-24 months.

Your New Role as Mom

Just as it was important to eat right while you were pregnant, it's also vital that you continue to do so while breastfeeding. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you adapt to life as a nursing mom.

Baby's Development

This third month is a time of incredible growth and psychological development.Three month old development typically includes some of the following behaviors and markers.

Caring for Baby

Infantile colic is characterized by intense, uncontrolled crying or fussing in an otherwise healthy and well-fed baby. Colic affects anywhere from 10-30% of infants, and usually subsides around 3 months of age. Both breastfed and formula-fed babies may develop colic.

Building Healthy Habits

With the excitement of learning to walk comes a greater sense of self-confidence and independence. It may also bring reluctance to that much needed nap. You may notice that your little one is getting into everything, with no time to stop, and no nap in sight. It's almost as if you can imagine him saying 'But Mom, I've got too much to do', even though you know that a mid-morning snooze is exactly what he needs!

Your New Role as Mom

Being a Mom is one of life's greatest rewards but fitting the demands of a little one into a home routine is always challenging.

Baby's Development

The continuing development of language basics is an important milestone this month. You should also see your baby begin to understand the ability to communicate with you, an exciting time in 4 month old baby development.

Caring for Baby

Becoming a mother means you have to think twice now: once for you and once for your baby. Having a little help to make the right decisions can make all the difference. And mean you have more time for the important stuff, like hugs and kisses. Below are some myth’s, facts and tips so make the most out of your time with you and your growing toddler.

Your New Role as Mom

As your baby grows and as your life before baby seems to be becoming a distant memory, it's more important than ever to find a little time for yourself. It's essential to try to keep everything in balance.

Baby's Development

Dexterity is an important skill that your baby is working on this month. By now, your baby can probably accurately reach out with one hand and trap large objects in a mitten-like grab.

Caring for Baby

Teething begins at different times for different babies, although most have already started by six months of age. The first tooth usually appears in the middle of the lower jaw, known as the bottom front teeth. By three years of age it is common for your little one to have a full set of 20 baby teeth. This set will usually begin to fall out around age six, when your child's permanent teeth begin to come in. Watch for these signs of teething and keep these teething tips in mind:

Baby's Development

Six months is the age of activity, a time when your baby is building muscles and squirming with energy. Six month old baby development shows exciting changes.

Baby's Development

This month marks a very busy, active stage in your baby's life. He wants to be everywhere, see everything, and get there all on his own.

Baby's Development

This is another big month for locomotion, as your baby starts to really move around on his own, with a baby-certified "scoot" or a more traditional crawl. Although most babies naturally go through this scooting-around phase, some babies will only crawl briefly before learning how to walk.

Baby's Development

This month is an important time for both social and language development. Here are some signs of 9 month old baby development.

Baby's Development

This month your baby will show a desire to please you as he becomes even more attached to you. The trust, love and connection between your baby and you are continuing to grow.

Baby's Development

This month your baby will continue to develop communication skills and learn how to express desires, disappointments, frustrations and morewith gestures and words instead of cries.

Baby's Development

This month is a good time to reflect on how far your baby and you have come since his amazing birth 12 months ago.

Baby's Development

As you and baby embark on a tender journey together, the resources below will provide you with helpful information on infant and toddler developmental milestones. They include crying and sleeping, feeding and diapers, physical and cognitive development, plus social development and language skills.

 
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