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Newborn Week Twenty-Seven

By Angela Sawinski, edHelperBaby

Distracter Factor
           Your baby's development is now working in your favor when he's fussy: He's increasingly distractible. Intensely interested in the world around him, his rapidly evolving brain zeroes in on things that are new and different. So when your baby is a little cranky, use his growing interest in novelty to your advantage by making a funny noise, singing a song, gently banging a pot - any change from the norm may snap him out of his grumpy mood.


           In your baby's first year, he'll soak and soil his way through nearly 3,000 diapers!


Q - Why Do Babies Prefer Black And White?
           The high contrast between the two colors makes it easier for newborns, whose vision is limited, to see objects and patterns. With every passing month, though, babies' eyes and brains develop a greater ability to take in and process visual information. He'll gradually show an increasing preference for bright, primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and more complex designs. You'll notice this in about a month or two when you'll be able to lure your baby's attention with colorful pictures, photos, books, and toys. By six months at the latest, his vision is almost on par with that of an adult.


Reduce Choking Risk
           Stay with your baby whenever he's eating or drinking, make sure he's upright when you're feeding him solid food, and don't insist that he eat if he cries or resists. Mash or grind food so that it's soft enough for him to gum or chew. Because young children are likely to swallow without chewing, don't give him peanut butter, popcorn, raw carrots, raisins, nuts, whole grapes (cut them up instead), hard candies, uncooked peas, or hot dogs (even in small pieces) until he's at least four. Children under a year shouldn't play with toys that have parts smaller than 11/4 inches around or 21/4 inches long. Also, keep him away from buttons, coins, safety pins, balloons, and rocks. Make sure that mobiles can't be pulled into your baby's mouth, and don't allow him to play with a baby powder container - the contents can shake free and clog the throat.


Infant Tooth Care
           You should start cleaning your baby's teeth as soon as that first pearly white sprouts (for most babies that's around four months). At first, just use a piece of gauze or a washcloth moistened with water to wipe plaque from your baby's teeth and gums. You don't need to use toothpaste, but try to clean your baby's teeth twice a day.       

       Once your baby has several teeth, you might try using a small toothbrush with just two or three rows of very soft bristles or a finger toothbrush (one that fits over your fingertip). Ask your pediatrician whether to use toothpaste, and if used, what type. If you live in an area where the water is fluoridated, he might advise against using toothpaste that contains fluoride. If your water isn't fluoridated, he might prescribe fluoride drops or tablets and recommend fluoridated toothpaste. Either way, you should know that fluoride can be toxic to children if ingested in large quantities. (Poison control centers around the country get thousands of toothpaste-related calls each year.)       

       To prevent problems, keep toothpaste out of your child's reach, and use only a half-pea-sized drop when brushing. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste rather than swallow it - a concept that's hard for very young children to understand.


Try This!
           Sit on the floor with your baby facing you. Support the baby's body by placing your hands firmly under his arms and around his chest. Ask your baby, "Are you ready to fly in the sky?" Then say, "Here we go. One, two, threeeee!" On the count of three, slowly begin lifting the baby as you roll backward onto your back. You are now lying down and holding the baby "high in the sky." Say, "Fly, baby, fly" or "Whee" or whatever comes to mind. This is a good game to serve as exercise for yourself, and it will strengthen your back muscles.


Dayvian's Experience
           I played this game with Dayvian one evening as we were winding down for bed. I had just put him into his pajamas. (I often use the living room floor as a changing area, so since we were already down there, it worked out perfectly). I sat him in front of me and held onto him under his arms. As I rolled onto my back and raised him up, he smiled and laughed. Once I had him up over my head into the "flying" position, he took one look around and started crying. For a minute there, I thought I had a baby who was afraid of heights. I took him back down to the sitting position to try it one more time. I said, "Here we go again, Buddy. We are going flying. One, two, three!" as I lifted him up, up, and away. He again smiled and giggled as he was going up to the "flying" position. Once up there, he just looked around. He was not laughing and smiling, but he wasn't screaming either. I repeated the game a few more times; each time he seemed more okay with "flying" above me.


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