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Bringing Home Baby

The Baby-Safe Home

Keep your baby healthy and safe at every age and stage with simple at-home strategies, says Debra Smiley Holtzman, author of The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety (Sentient, 2005). “Try to start thinking about what you’re going to need at the next stage before you need it because it comes on so quickly,” she says. “You don’t have to have the baby gate up when your infant comes home, but you want to have everything handy so you’re ready for the next milestone.”

Preemie Precautions

Preemie-Precautions

Since your baby had some breathing problems at birth, he is more prone to developing them during the first year or two of life. To keep him from being exposed to germs that could cause such infections, limit his contact with anyone but family and close friends as much as possible during his first winter (when viruses are most rampant), and have them wash their hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before holding him. Also discourage all preschoolers from coming into contact with your son (barring siblings, of course), as they are notorious germ carriers.

Milk Matters

Milk-Matters

"While it is undoubtedly best for a baby to be breastfed, we have to acknowledge that some women won't nurse for one reason or another," says Ruth Lawrence, M.D., professor of pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y. "If you don't nurse at all, your levels of the hormone prolactin, which stimulates milk production, will naturally drop off in about 10 to 15 days." The medication bromocriptine used to be given to suppress lactation, but it can cause high blood pressure and even stroke.

How to Breastfeed: A Step-by-Step Guide with Photos

A mother nursing her baby—it's one of the most beautiful images nature could create. It's also one of the simplest. Breastfeeding is so natural, in fact, that we've been doing it for millions of years. (Indeed, without it, the human race wouldn't have survived.)

How to Connect with Your Newborn

You've nailed the diaper changes, have become a bathing wizard and possess soothing skills that Supernanny would envy. But do you know how to just be with your baby? "Consider the relationship with your infant a dance and let her lead," says Jane Weilenman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Savannah, Ga. "Look at what makes her happy, what makes her fussy and what encourages her to respond." Here are several suggestions:

Newborn Skin Care

Smooth baby skin? Ha! Many infants have bumps, flakes and scales in their first couple of months. Here's the lowdown on four conditions:

1. Baby Acne: Wash your little one's face daily with a mild, fragrance-free soap, says Daniel Krowchuk, M.D., professor of pediatrics and dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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