By Shelja Sen
As mom and dad, we foist our goals and aspirations on our kids, push them to be greater than shall we ever be. yet can we have the braveness and honesty to appear inside and ask what drives our parenting – our personal wishes or these of our youngsters? extra crucially, can we settle for them and recognize them for who they're? baby and adolescent psychologist and family members therapist Shelja Sen formulates 5 anchors of parenting that will help you hook up with the gigantic knowledge that's already found in you: attach Create the root of parenting; trainer construct the required abilities in little ones via an realizing in their particular wiring and temperament; Care Nurture your self for a extra healthy lifestyles; neighborhood construct worrying ecosystems for kids to thrive in; and devote maintain your braveness and compassion. Groundbreaking, crucial examining.
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Alertness: Is Baby attentive, with good focus? Is baby listless? • Weight: Is Baby gaining weight and height steadily? Monitor if Baby is underweight or overweight. • Breathing: Should be gentle and even, not mucus-sounding, heavy, or gasping. • Immune system: Have there been many infections and fever, or earache? Is there a family history of allergies? Although these points can help determine if your baby is healthy and well nourished, parents’ common sense is also important. qxp 2/14/08 12:13 PM Page 21 develops differently; for example, some are simply genetically smaller than others.
Consult your pediatrician first if you want to start your baby on solid foods at four to six months. If your child is ready for solids at this age, green and orange vegetable purees can be introduced at four to six months, along with brown rice grain milk and mashed banana. Ideally, cereals should not be introduced until around six months, when Baby’s digestive system is stronger. Waiting until six months to introduce cereals can help prevent the development of food allergies. qxp 2/14/08 12:13 PM Page 19 HEALTHY FOODS FOR FOUR TO SIX MONTHS • Breast milk • Brown rice grain milk • Mashed banana First green vegetable purees • Peas • Green beans Sweet orange vegetable purees • Butternut squash puree • Sweet potato puree DENTAL CARE Caring for your baby’s teeth begins soon after birth, even though those pearly whites are still hiding under the gums.
For ages one to two years, good sources include citrus fruits, strawberries, berries, tomatoes, and potatoes. Vitamin D Vitamin D is formed in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight, and it assists in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous needed for strong bones and teeth. Babies and children who receive inadequate sunlight may need a vitamin D supplement, but pediatricians are divided as to whether breastfed infants need this supplement as well. Your pediatrician will be able to assess your baby’s needs.