Added expenses came as no surprise when you had a baby, but current economic conditions may be creating more pressure than you planned for. Tighten your belt without compromising your baby's health and well-being with these simple tips... More
You usually know instinctively if your baby is healthy, but comparing her growth to "normal" guidelines is a good way to help put your mind at ease. Many babies grow a half inch to an inch per month between birth and six months. In that same period, babies can gain five to seven ounces per week. Between six months and a year, she'll probably grow about three-eighths inch per month and gain three to five ounces per week. It's normal for her to double her birth height and triple her birth weight by her first birthday.
Is your child among the 70% of American kids who don’t get enough vitamin D? A recent study says this lack of the sunshine vitamin could raise his risks of higher blood pressure, heart disease and lower levels of good cholesterol. There are ways to help your little one get enough: 1) encourage her to include vitamin D-fortified milk, yogurt, orange juice and oily fish such as tuna in her diet and 2) get 10-15 minutes of sun exposure without sunscreen a few times per week. Some children may need vitamin D supplements as well; ask your pediatrician for advice.