Many newborns love to be swaddled. In addition to keeping babies warm, it can also give a feeling of security and comfort. But improper swaddling can lead to serious problems like hip dysplasia and dislocation. If you choose to swaddle your infant, follow these safety precautions from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute:
- When swaddling with a blanket, carefully follow swaddling instructions from a reputable source, such as hipdysplasia.org.
- If purchasing a commercial product for swaddling, make sure it has a loose pouch or sack for the baby’s feet and is not too tight around the thighs.
- Leave enough room for the legs to bend up and out at the hips. A baby’s legs should never be wrapped straight and pressed together.
- Talk to your health care provider about swaddling older or more active babies.
Girls and boys brains do not develop equally, according to Boston children’s Hospital. While girls brain development peaks between ages 12 to 14, boys brain development is usually two years behind.
2 weeks old
That’s the average age babies start crying real tears. Some will be tear-free until 2 months or older.
How much do diapers cost?
$1,104 is the average cost of disposable diapers and wipes per year for one child, according to the babycenter.com cost calculator.
All Grown Up
Kids grow up fast. But when can your little one start doing big kid things? Some milestones:
- 12 to 15 months: Feed himself. Be ready for a mess as your little one learns and spills!
- 15 to 18 months: Help mom or dad. Your toddler might not always listen, but he’s capable of following simple requests and even helping clean up his toys.
- 18 to 24 months: Wash his hands. His fine motor skills are developing, which means he can start washing and drying his hands with instruction and supervision.