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Caring For Your Own Infant Or Toddler, Exhilarating, Scary



Having a new addition to your family is exhilarating—but it can be very scary too. We all know how newborns are fragile creatures, and we would like to do the best we can to give them the best care possible. For first time parents especially, the responsibility seems daunting. How to take care of your own infant or toddler?
Infants they say are like big sponges—they just soak up everything that’s around them. Every noise, every sight, every sensation is new and unfamiliar. You might look at your baby and see them intently listening to the whir that the washing machine is making. Or they may be trying their damnedest to reach that shiny thing in mommy’s ear. This is them trying to make sense of the world around them. Everything is a toy to them at this point, from the buttons on your shirt to their sippy cups. You don’t need to give them anything too complicated at this point, especially toys that have hard edges. Watch out for what they put in their hands and mouths because they will grab anything that they can get their hands on.

Infants will also have a specialized diet. Most infants would not yet be able to digest highly fibrous foods like the peel of an apple, so watch out about what you feed them. Your doctor will be the best resource for this. Infants will also sleep a lot, this is normal. They will need a lot of sleep while their brain develops. Make sure that you have cribs that have passed safety inspections, and it is best to line the cribs edges with soft pillows so that your baby won’t bump on the sides when they toss and turn. If you would like to relax when baby is asleep, baby monitors can always be used so you would know if your baby is awake and crying even if you are in another room.

Toddlers are another case. When your child can already walk or crawl or scramble up things, he has a newfound power that he needs to explore, and this can prove to be a trying time for many parents. This will be a time of bumps and bruises and tantrums.

One of the first things you can do is to make sure that your house of child-proof. This means that there are grates and padding where he could potentially fall or run into danger, such as the stairs, the pool, the kitchen or hard table edges. This is the time when he can also be provided with more stimulating toys such as building blocks. As with infants, toddlers can still put anything into their mouths. Make sure that you do not give them toys that can be swallowed to avoid choking. Bottom line is, toddlers will go off and explore any time they can, so it is important to always keep a watchful eye on them or to delegate someone to look after them when you’re not.

Toddlers will be ready for more solid food, but this will depend on what age they are. Consult with your doctor about the best diet for your child.