Development & Behavior
How should my baby be developing?
By the 27th week, the baby will be able to:
- Stand by holding onto someone or an object;
- Oppose if you try to take her toys away;
- Try to get a toy out of reach;
- Pass the cube or other objects from one hand to the other;
- Search for falling objects;
- Use fingers to pick up small objects and hold in fist (so keep dangerous items out of reach of children);
- Babble, combining vowels and consonants as ga-ga-ga, ba-ba-ba, ma-ma-ma, da-da-da;
- Be willing to try eating finger foods;
- Eat crackers themselves or other holding foods.
How to support my baby?
Your baby will probably tell you that they are ready to try eating finger foods from an early age by taking your spoon or snatching food from your plate. You should break four, five pieces of food into the baby food tray or on a dish which is not broke. To reduce the risk of choking, it is best to feed your baby while they are sitting upright in a chair, your baby should sit higher in the stroller seat.
They may have good appetite but they don’t have teeth, so let’s start with the foods that they can chew or melt in their mouth. When the baby gets older, you can let your baby eat foods with larger size.
Please bring your baby the book to enhance your baby’s language skills and help them love reading more. Your child may not have the patience to sit while you read a story, but do not be disappointed. Whatever how old your child is, reading would bring them a great opportunity to integrate with the society outside.
Health & Safety
What should I discuss with my doctor?
Depending on the specific condition of the baby, the doctor will perform overall physical tests, using different diagnostic techniques and implemented procedurest. The doctor or nurse will check all or most of the followings:
- Vaccinations at the third time if they are in good health and have no other contraindications. Be sure to discuss with your doctor about any reaction that might occur before the injection.
- Ask the doctor: What response you child have with the third vaccination? You should deal with these reactions yourself? What does your baby react when you call the doctor? What kind of food your baby should be eating at the moment?
What should I know?
Here are some things you should know about:
Going to the emergency room
It sounds scary, but you should prepare for the worst case. The most common reason for child to go the emergency room is that they have serious allergic reactions, intestinal obstruction or asthma. Also, when your child becomes curious and does a lot of activities, the baby can swallow or inhale a physical object, falls and get injuried or needs stitches.
If your child has difficulty in breathing because of any reason or anaphylaxis, call 115. Before emergency case may happen, you should know where is the nearest emergency room (ideally is in a Children’s Hospital) and the road to get there. Emergency room staff will ask you to fill out some paperworks, so please keep your party health insurance information and your name, phone number, your child’s doctor.
Let your baby feel that you are calm and everything is under control, even if you do not really feel that way. Your baby may need to be comforted and need more caring as well so that thay can feel less worried. Bring a diaper bag, clothes to change, some books or your child’s favorite toys and enough food to eat one or two times. When do the procedure, ask if you can feed your baby in the meantime or not (because you will have to wait longer for the X-ray inspection and in the case of that the baby is fed by your doctor).
Switching to cow’s milk
You should not let your baby drink cow’s milk before the baby is one year old. If possible, you should continue breastfeed your baby for at least the first year (and even afterwards as long as the mother and the child do want this). When you are not able to breastfeed again, you can give your baby an iron-fortified formula for infants. Please consult with your doctor before deciding what type of infant formula to wean your baby.
When the baby turned to drink cow’s milk a year, make sure you use whole milk, skim milk rather than (not fat) or low-fat. Whole milk is generally recommended for use in children after two years, although some doctors allow the use of fat 2% milk in children over 18 months.
What I am concerned about?
Here are some things you may be concerned about:
Brushing for your baby
There are many reasons why you should take good care of the baby teeth: First of all, we need to hold the position for permanent teeth later. The decay and fall of the first tooth can permanently deform mouth. Moreover, they will also need those teeth to bite and chew for several years before permanent teeth replace. Damaged teeth can affect your baby’s diet. Therefore, healthy teeth are important for the development of speech and appearance – both of which are very important for your baby in their adulthood. Finally, you should start practicing your baby’s brushing habit soon. The good dental caring habits will be a solid foundation to ensure that your baby’s teeth are healthy.
You can use a gauze pad, clean towel, disposable finger cots which are specially designed or brush with soft bristles, the toothbrush for infants (with no more than three rows of bristles), then you should moisten it with water to clean their teeth. It is suggested that you wipe or brush your baby’s teeth after eating and before bedtime. You should take note togently brush their teeth. Remember to wipe the tongue, because the tongue is a house of foster germs. Do not use toothpaste, but you can still give a little toothpaste to add spice to the brush if your baby is more enjoyable with brushing.
Besides dental care, proper nutrition has an important impact on the oral health of the baby. You should make them eat well now. Make sure your baby is provided with enough calcium, phosphorus, fluorine, minerals and other vitamins (especially vitamin C, which helps maintain the health of the gums) and limit foods which are high in refined sugars (including biscuits) or natural sugar which causes sticky (like dried fruit, even raisins). These things can help prevent the pain associated with dental caries and bleeding gums. You should limit the number of times which your baby eats sweets (even with a healthy baby) down to only one or two times a day. Much sugar intake, the higher the risk of tooth decay. Let your baby eat sweets at meal – when it’s harmless, instead of feeding between meals. Also please brush your baby’s teeth after they have eaten sweets.
The periodic health check first should be held in the middle of the 6th month and 12th month for children with high caries risksuch as the baby has a habit of going to bed with a bottle of juice or formula, the baby usually has nightmares or daytime sleep or babies spend more to put their mouth time in the bottle. Check your baby’s teeth as soon as possible to prevent periodontal disease. If your baby is gap – toothed, baby’s teeth will usually fit again after so these cases rarely require your early intervention and your dentists.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect, The First Year. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2009. Print version. Page 345-369.