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Miscellaneous Baby Care

Easy Steps to a Safer Pregnancy - View e-book or Download PDF - FREE!
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.

Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy

These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.

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NOTE - Baby Care starts around 4 weeks after the birth and so is mostly outside the scope of midwifery practice, but here are some worthwhile resources for those older babies.

Pacifiers may have emotional consequences for boys [9/18/12] - Pacifiers may stunt the emotional development of baby boys by robbing them of the opportunity to try on facial expressions during infancy.

Your Child Has the Flu: What's a Mother to Do? by Joan Logghe from Mothering Magazine: Issue 128 - January/February 2005

Why You Should Think Twice Before Giving Your Child Antibiotics [3/3/16] by Chris Kresser

Baby Food

Happy Baby - fresh frozen organic baby meals

Wholesome Baby Food - Easy Homemade Baby Food & Baby Food Recipes - Tasty, Nutritious & Full of Love for your Baby

Baby Constipation

Babies who are exclusively breastfed are getting a food that is designed specifically for them; breastmilk changes depending on the baby's nutritional and immune system needs.  Since the baby is taking in only custom-made breastmilk, there is sometimes very little waste.  So the baby doesn't need to move their bowels very often.  Some books say that a bowel movement every 40 days is still within normal variation.

Note that within the first two weeks, before the gut flora have become established and are digesting the breastmilk, babies typically have bowel output several times a day.  You may notice that the output begins to have a seedy texture for a while before there is any formed stool.

from Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby's First Year, Morrow, 1993

Your baby is constipated if you notice hard, formed bowel movements that are difficult to pass. Constipation is not defined by frequency of bowel movements. Some babies have a bowel movement every day; others may not have a bowel movement for 5-7 days.

All babies turn red, make grunting noises and draw up their legs when having bowel movements. These signs do not necessarily mean they are constipated.

Other Miscellaneous Newborn

How Can I keep My Kids Healthy This Winter?

Fever in children: 5 facts you must know
[8/11/11] - Definitely consult your baby's healthcare provider also, but this is a helpful perspective.



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