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  If pregnancy wasn't enough to worry about, now you have a whole separate little person to look after.
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Behavior
  As your baby changes and grows, you will notice many new behaviors. Your baby is developing a personality of her own. Along with this exciting time comes some uncertainty, as you adjust to your baby's behaviors.
Bonding
You've just found a new love in your life. Over the next few months, this love will grow and grow, as you witness his first smile, his first belly laugh, and his first steps. Cuddle your baby as often as you can. Before you know it, he will be a toddler on the go!
Infant Development
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Nutrition
Keeping baby healthy goes hand in hand with your baby's nutrition. Whether you're breastfeeding, formula feeding, or moving on to table food, nutrition is key to giving your baby a head start in life.
Play
  Play time for baby is a time where she can learn such skills as lifting her head, processing verbal cues, and learning about the world around her. The more you interact and play with your baby, the faster her intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. So play hard mom!
Safety
Gone are the days of reckless abandon before you had kids. Now you worry every time they fall down, cough, or even look at you funny. While it is important to promote safety with baby, remember that spills will happen. With proper planning, you can minimize many dangers in baby's world just by using good old fashion common sense.  
   
   
 
Car Seat Safety


Most parents take their children’s safety seriously. We all go out and get a good car seat for our baby or child to ride in. We follow the installation directions and get it in the car. The fact is, though, that there are many mistakes that can be made when installing our car seat. Studies actually show that 80% of car seats are installed improperly. Watch for the most common mistakes below.

  • Loose harness straps.
  • Not locking the car seat properly.
  • Facing the car seat the wrong way.
  • Placing the car seat in an area of the car that has an air bag.
  • Not securing the car seat properly with the seat belt or latch system hooks.
  • Having a harness in the wrong position, fitted for a different weight.

To give you some guidance on when to put your child in what car seat, the following are some car seat guidelines to last your child from birth through school age.

  • Infants should be in a rear facing car seat or convertible car seat until they are 1 year old and reach twenty pounds. If your child reaches 20 pounds before her first birthday, she should still be rear facing and if in an infant seat, should be moved to a convertible seat.
  • After your baby has reached twenty pounds and her first birthday, she may sit forward facing in a convertible seat or forward facing seat up to 40 pounds.
  • When your child is over 40 pounds, she should sit in a booster seat or belt positioned booster until she is at least 8 years old.
  • Your child will be ready to get rid of her booster when her seatbelt fits properly, so that the strap goes across her shoulder and not her neck and the lap belt fits across her hips and not her stomach.
  • Your child should always ride in the back seat until she is at least 12 years old, so she is not harmed by air bags.

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