Spring Forward!!

As we approach daylight savings, don't worry that your baby's schedule will be ruined. The common advice I give is, If you have a baby on a good schedule who goes to bed and wakes up regularly at the same time every day, You can try to start preparing beforehand, to keep your little one's schedule intact. Start by beginning their day earlier by 15 minutes each day, and their bedtime earlier by 15 minutes each night, for 4 days before. For example, if they usually start day at 7 am, wake baby at 6:45 am on Wednesday, 6:30 on Thursday, 6:15 on Friday, and 6 am on Saturday. Then you are back on track to a 7-7 schedule when clocks go forward March 11th.

Skip The Cereal!

It's hard to believe, but the old fashioned idea of putting rice cereal in a small baby's bottle to make baby sleep longer at night, is still alive and well!! This is absolutely not recommended anymore. We now know that introducing babies to solids too young, can lead to food allergies. Their stomachs are simply not matured enough to digest anything other than breast milk or formula. Also, rice cereal provides additional empty calories which increases body mass (fat), but not skeletal mass. Therefore babies on unneeded rice cereal sometimes have a disproportion between weight and length percentiles. Ask your pediatrician when it's time to start feeding solids. I know this varies greatly, but

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