Congratulations! You are now entering one of the greatest phases of your life — parenthood. There is perhaps nothing in life more special than the bond that forms between a parent and a child. It’s a relationship that will bring endless years of joy, laughter, admiration and satisfaction.
The time you spend raising your children will be time that you will cherish forever. In the years to come, you’ll learn more about attachment, love and protectiveness than you ever thought possible. But be prepared that not every day in your parenthood journey will be grand and glorious.
Like eveiything else in life, there will be ups and downs. You may find that some of the more stressful and exhausting days of being a parent will come early on, when you first bring your new son or daughter home. Bringing a baby into your house can literally turn your life upside down.
That’s because children don’t arrive with instruction manuals, and parenting is somewhat of a trial-byfire experience. If you’ve never had to care for a young child before, you may feel nervous, unsure of yourself and a bit lost. That’s to be expected — and is perfectly normal.
Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year is an easy-to-use yet comprehensive how-to manual that provides answers and explanations to the questions and concerns of new mothers and fathers. The book is your one-stop resource for caring for a newborn.
From baby-care basics to month-by-month development to common illnesses to health and safety, this book covers it all. There’s also a wealth of tips and advice for couples coping with the many changes to daily life that come with parenthood.
Part 1: Caring for Your Baby
From how to feed your newborn to developing a sleep schedule to comforting a crying baby to clothing your young one, you’ll find basic baby-care tips in this detailed section.You’ll also find information on identifying your child’s temperament and learning to understand his or her specific traits.
Part 2: Baby’s Health and Safety
Part 2 covers all of the key elements to keeping your child from injury and illness. You’ll read about doctor checkups and vaccinations, as well as suggestions for childproofing your home.
Part 3: Growth and Development Month by Month
This section provides monthly insights into your baby’s growth and development. It covers a range of topics including toys and games, separation anxiety, sign language, and sitting, standing and walking.
Part 4: Common Illnesses and Concerns
Here you’ll find helpful tips for managing conditions that commonly affect young children, such as fever, colds, ear infections, pink eye and others. You’ll also leam when medication may be appropriate and when it may be best to avoid it.
Part 5: Managing and Enjoying Parenthood
For first-time parents, caring for a newborn can be nerve-racking and exhausting. The information in ftirt 5 can help you get through the first year with the reassurance that you’re doing well.
Part 6: Special Circumstances
Most children are born healthy, but sometimes problems can develop. Diseases and disorders that can affect newborns, and how they’re treated, are discussed here.
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