6 Weeks to 3 Months Carefully supervised "tummy time" will help your baby develop upper body muscles. ©iStockphoto.com/Alena Yakusheva Encourage tummy time: Since babies spend all night on their backs (to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) it's important to put them face down during the day, while you are closely supervising them. This "tummy time" will help them develop their neck and upper body muscles. Stimulate rolling over: Babies usually roll over somewhere between 4 and 6 months of age, but you can start encouraging her to roll over before then. Try lying baby on her side on your lap and then putting a toy a few inches away, says Wallace. Make sure her arms are free so that she can roll without having them pinned to her side. Another method: lie baby on an activity mat with one arm straight down by her side. Then roll her over on that side. Develop body awareness: Help baby develop awareness of her hands by singing "Pat-A-Cake," "The Itsy Bitsy … [Read more...] about Child Development: Helping Your Baby Grow and Learn
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Baby of the Day Image Gallery Photographer: Pavel Losevsky | Agency: Dreamstine.com Most experts agree that babies under 2 years old shouldn't watch television. See more baby of the day pictures. The effect of television on children, especially on babies, is an intensely controversial subject. Every year rafts of studies and statistics appear about children's television habits, and some of them may seem alarming. The average American child watches about four hours of television a day [Source: AAP], while 20 percent of children under 2 have televisions in their rooms. Among babies 3 months old and younger, 40 percent watch TV, with the percentage increasing significantly for children age 2 and younger [Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer]. A study in 2003 found that children 6 months to 6 years old spend an average of two hours a day dealing with "screen media" like televisions, computers and video … [Read more...] about Is it OK for babies to watch TV?
The population continues to grow and is expected to reach 7 billion by 2015. Lusi, SXC Less than three months before the dawn of the 21st century, planet Earth welcomed its 6 billionth inhabitant. Shortly after midnight in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Fatima Nevic gave birth to a historic 8-pound boy. The United Nations Population Fund designated this October Tuesday as the approximate day that the world's 6 billionth child would be born, and the Bosnian baby was greeted by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and officially recognized as the special one. The UNFPA proclaimed it "The Day of 6 Billion," or "D6B." While the occasion was only approximate, it generated worldwide discussion concerning population growth and the staggering predictions for the future. The Day of 6 Billion came only 80 days before the year 2000, providing excellent comparisons to past populations. In only 40 years, the world population had doubled. In 100 years, it had quadrupled. In only 12 years, it had increased by … [Read more...] about October 12 1999: The World Population Hits 6 Billion
More than 30 percent of Americans are obese, and even our babies are getting fatter year by year. What's happening, and what can we do to stop the trend? See more baby care pictures. ©iStockphoto.com/kate_sept2004 If you think you're carrying just a few extra pounds -- you know, the ones you promise to lose with every passing New Year's resolution -- you're not alone. America has a weight problem. Roughly 72.5 million adults are obese, which is about 32 percent of men and 35.5 percent of women. But what's the difference between a few extra pounds and being considered obese? Let's take a look at a woman who's 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 meters) tall. Based on her height, she should weigh between 101 and 136 pounds (45.8 and 61.7 kilograms). If she weighs about 165 pounds (74.8 kilograms) or more, she's considered obese [source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. But the problem doesn't only affect adults. Kids and teens, ages 2 to 19, are considered obese if their … [Read more...] about How Obesity Leads to Overweight Babies
Babies begin developing teeth before they're born, though the first ones usually don't emerge until they're a few months old. ©iStockphoto.com/netris Even at birth, your baby had a secret. All you saw was a gaping, gummy smile, but your child actually began developing tooth buds during the sixth week of fetal development, and all the groundwork for "baby teeth" were in place by the seventh month of pregnancy. So that tiny, seemingly toothless bundle of joy you held in the delivery room already had some teeth that were formed and others still in development -- all below the gum line. Of course, just because those pearly whites have been around awhile doesn't mean it's easy to predict when teething -- the process of teeth growing through the gums to the surface -- will take place. Babies may begin teething as early as 3 months old, or well after their first birthday, but 6 months of age is a fairly common time for teething to begin. Your child's behavior may clue you in to … [Read more...] about When do babies start teething?