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Whole Milk: When Should it be Started?
by Alvin Eden, M.D.

Infants should be breast fed or formula fed for the first year of life. They should not be started on regular whole milk until after their first birthday. My reasons for saying this are as follows: 1. Regular milk has […]


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Exercises
by Alvin Eden, M.D.

Infants love to be active. Just give them the space and opportunity. For the three- to six-month-old, here are some suggestions: 1. Turn-over games. Babies never tire of being turned from front to back, and back to front, and on […]


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Sitting Your Baby Up
by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.

Baby’s muscle control improves rapidly in the second to fourth months, moving down from neck and shoulders to include the upper back. If you pull him gently into sitting position, he can support his head and shoulders and the upper […]


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Toys And Equipment For The Mobile Baby
by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.

Getting moving opens up a new world of fun for your baby, but a hazardous one. –┬áCheck and recheck your safety precautions. And remember the floor is now his natural habitat, so whenever you lift him off the floor and […]


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Understanding Your Baby’s Cry & Sounds
by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.

After three months, your baby will cry much less than before, because however often she starts, picking her up will usually stop her. The nature of her crying changes too, and although you might not be able to describe her […]


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Beginning To Stand And Walk
by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.

Many six to nine month old babies won’t sit on a lap at all. They grab for clothes or hair and haul themselves to use the adult’s knee for a trampoline. It’s another couple of months before your baby is […]


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Crawling And Creeping
by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.

Conventional crawling means progressing across the floor on hands and knees, but babies aren’t concerned with convention — only with getting across the room to see something on the far side! Crawling can mean different kinds of progress. Some babies […]


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Sleep: Your Child & You
by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.

Broken nights and too little sleep are parents’ most common complaint. I am going to deal with some of the ways you might be able to prevent nighttime from becoming problem time in your household. The times at which we […]


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Sleep: Waking In The Night
by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.

Everybody wakes in the night, as part of the normal cycles of deep and light sleep. Babies wake more than adults because they have more light sleep periods, and they can’t resettle themselves as we do. As your baby grows […]


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Sleep: Getting Baby To Sleep Alone
by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.

If a baby or child is to sleep happily alone, she obviously has to regard bed as a nice place to be. Bear that in mind from her earliest months and don’t ever leave her crying and trapped in her […]


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