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While your newborn’s intermittently crossed eyes may be reminiscent of a Siamese cat, rest assured that this lack of muscle control is completely normal. "Newborns aren't able to see clearly much farther than about arm's length away, and their eyes will often cross as they try to focus on objects," explains heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
Has your baby left you at wits’ end, what with the shoes, toys and sweaters—and everything in between—making their way into her mouth? Rest assured that every baby does this, and it’s totally normal. In fact, it’s a prerequisite to being a healthy infant.
A friend offers you the car seat her son has outgrown. Should you accept it?
Probably not, unless the seat is almost new and you are certain it has never been in an accident or subject to a recall.
“Do you like the espresso diaper bag with the tangerine piping or the black bag with the copper trim? And what do you think of the inflatable breastfeeding pillow compared with the foam one?” During my pregnancy, I got emails like this every day—from my husband, Paul. In charge of our baby registry, he spent hours online researching the merits of audio versus video baby monitors. I found the world of baby paraphernalia daunting, but Paul transferred his passion for sports gear to an obsession with baby stuff.
Parents everywhere took notice when reports surfaced earlier this year about the accidental strangulations of seven babies (and three close calls) by nursery monitor cords since 2002. The monitors were recalled (see box, below) and given a new label warning that the unit should be placed farther than three feet from the crib so babies can’t reach it.
One of the most fascinating things you’ll witness as your baby grows older is his gradual realization that he can explore and control his world without having to rely on someone else to do it for him. “Babies begin to develop an understanding of cause-and-effect, which is a big point in their development,” says Jennifer Butcher, Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. “If they shake a rattle, it makes a sound. If they let go of an object, it falls.”