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Tips, great parenting books and keeping Baby safe from harmful sunrays — we’ve got you covered!

You’re slathered in sunscreen at the pool, but should your 5-month-old be, too? Not usually, says Hari Cheryl Sachs, M.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “The best approach is to keep infants under 6 months out of the sun,” Sachs says. Since infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults, an infant’s exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens is greater, increasing the risk of side effects from it. But, Sachs says, if you must be in the sun, with your pediatrician’s OK, apply a small amount of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to Baby’s inner wrist to see if there’s any sensitivity to it. If not, apply gingerly.

For Baby’s best outcome in the sun, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. Tight weaves are better than loose.

Infant Sun Safety

• Stay in the shade.

• Ask your pediatrician before using any sunscreen on your baby.

• Make sure your infant wears clothing that protects; if you can see your hand through the fabric, it’s too sheer. Keep a hat on Baby at all times.

• Watch your baby carefully to make sure he doesn’t show warning signs of sunburn or dehydration. These include fussiness, redness and excessive crying.

• Hydrate! Give your baby formula or breast milk if you’re out in the sun for more than a few minutes. Don’t forget to use a cooler to store the liquids.

• Take note of how much your baby is urinating. If it’s less than usual, it may be a sign of dehydration, and that more fluids are needed until the flow is back to normal.

 

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What If … I’m Not a Good Parent?

Books that can Help You Find Your Way

The beginning of parenthood can have you questioning yourself: What if I don’t bond with my baby? What if my instincts fail me? What if I’m not a “natural” parent? These kinds of thoughts are natural and almost always unfounded, based upon your desire to be a good parent. The key attribute of a good parent is responsiveness, says William Sears, M.D., author of more than 30 books on child care. If you are responsive to your baby’s cues, even if you sometimes can’t figure out what he wants or needs, you’re a good enough parent, as long as you care and try.
Classic parenting books:• Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock, M.D.
• The Baby Book by William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.
The SleepEasy Solution by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack
Your Baby & Child by Penelope Leach, M.D.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
What to Expect the First Year by Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi MurkoffCurrent top parenting books:The Portable Pediatrician by William Sears, M.D.
The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley and William Sears, M.D.
The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler
The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting by Bunmi Laditan
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine

Keep Baby Safe from the Summer Sun

Whether you’re playing in the pool or yard, these products are great for keeping the youngest nice and cool from head to toe!
Sun Hat
Sun Hats
My Swim Baby | myswimbaby.com | $9.95
Adorable and fashionable, these hats will keep the sun off Baby’s head and help keep the glare of the sun out of the eyes. They’re reversible, too, in sizes small, medium and large.
Babywarma
Babywarma Neoprene Swimsuit
Konfidence | konfidence-usa.com | $29.99
Protect your little one from 100 percent of the UV rays with the Babywarma Swimsuit. This cute little suit also keeps the shivers at bay by keeping him warmer than any other suit would. The coolest part about it is that it opens up completely flat making it easier to put on little squirmy ones. Available in a few colors and in sizes 0 – 6 months, 6 – 12 months and 12 – 24 months.
Aquanappy
One-Size Aquanappy Swim Diaper
Konfidence | konfidence-usa.com | $15.99
This reusable swim diaper features an open-flat design made with stretchy, machine washable material with Velcro closures. It also comes in a variety of colors. Appropriate for ages 3 – 30 months.
Paddler Socks
Paddler Socks
Konfidence | konfidence-usa.com | $12.99
Little feet hate hot walking paths! So, cover those tiny footsies with these super-soft, neoprene Paddler Pool Socks. These cool socks keep their feet warm in cold water and feature non-slip bottoms. They also help protect against hot sand or concrete, rough surfaces, sharp objects and infection. Available in 6 – 12 months or 12 – 24 months.

Best Age to be Pregnant?

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Your body is primed to handle the demands of carrying a baby at a younger age. You’re at the lowest risk for pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, chronic hypertension and pre-eclampsia. You’re also less likely to have a baby with Down syndrome or spina bifida. In your 20s, once your baby is born, caring for and keeping up with him should be relatively easy for you. “Young patients are more likely to be healthy,” says Brad Chesney, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., an OB/GYN at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. “They tend to have fewer medical problems and consequently take fewer medications and are also, generally, more physically fit,” he adds.30s
Many women in their 30s feel more psychologically ready for motherhood than they do in their 20s. You’re at higher risk of developing certain complications, but the majority of healthy women still have uneventful pregnancies in their thirties. “Newer data in recent years shows healthy women postpone childbearing for career advancement,” says Elizabeth Oldfield, M.D., of Doctors for Women in Nashville. “Age 25 – 35 may be ideal, but age 35 – 45 is not a contradiction especially in healthy, motivated women who receive optimum medical care before and during their pregnancy,” she adds. In women older than 35, it is recommended to consult a physician prior to conceiving and also if you are unsuccessful in conceiving after six months of trying.40s
Having a baby in your 40s is common these days, and the majority of older mothers have normal pregnancies.  Still, the risk of complications rise after age 40. “The main risk is for fetal chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome,” says Alison Mullaly, M.D., OB/GYN at Vanderbilt Franklin Women’s Center. “Studies also show that women who are pregnant after 40 have a higher risk of gestational diabetes, hypertension and C-section delivery.” The good news? If you’re physically fit, eat well, and don’t have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, your overall risk of other complications isn’t markedly higher than that of a woman in her 20s or 30s.

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