Decoding kicks

As expecting parents, there’s something exciting about feeling baby’s first kicks in the womb. It’s a feeling of reassurance that your baby is doing alright, and it creates a bonding moment for both parents. Sometime between 16 and 22 weeks of pregnancy mom should start feeling baby move around. Here are a few thing to keep in mind when your little one starts to wiggle.

  • The “kicks” you are feeling aren’t just tiny feet moving about. The motions you feel include hand movement, hiccups and turning.
  • Your baby will sometimes move in response to things outside the womb like sound, light, along with certain foods mom has eaten.
  • Some moms like to keep a daily tally of kicks they feel during the day. This can be helpful should you start noticing fewer kicks. While feeling less kicks is not necessarily a sign of trouble, it is worth mentioning to your physician, and a record of movement can help your doctor.
  • The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that on an active day, you can expect up to 10 movements during a two-hour period.

Mobile moments

Mobiles over the crib can be both stimulating and relaxing for baby. Make sure you use it at an appropriate time, otherwise baby might get too excited by the mobile. For the first three months, let the mobile hang low, about 8 to 12 inches above the crib, so baby can see it. As baby gets older and more active, it needs to be raised. By the time your baby can reach up and touch the mobile, it’s recommended it be removed from the crib to prevent any injury.

Get fit with baby

Baby’s here, and time with your newborn is a precious commodity. To make the most of every moment, here are a few tips to help you start exercising again and keep your newborn nearby.

  • Start with easy 15-minute walks, just one or two a day. As baby gets used to being in a stroller, extend your walks by five minutes
  • Many gyms provide “mommy and me” classes designed for moms and new babies, focusing on an exercise routine specifically for mom’s changing body

First tooth

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, when parents see that first little sign of a tooth they should consider scheduling baby’s first dentist appointment. Tooth decay is a leading chronic childhood disease, more common than asthma, and it’s almost entirely preventable, says the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During that first visit, dentists can evaluate the child and ward off potential risks.