Choosing Child Care - Helping Your Child Get Started
At the start of a new child care routine,it's common for a child to show some signs of anxiety,such as clinging or crying when you leave. With your child's needs in mind,try to ease the transition. Prepare yourself and your child. If you are enrolling your child in care for the first time,it may be helpful for you both to get used to spending time apart. Hire a babysitter or ask a friend ...
Breast-Feeding: Weaning a Toddler - Topic Overview
You may choose to wait until your child is a toddler (age 1 to 2 years) or older to wean him or her from the breast. You may feel that your toddler is not ready for weaning until later or that you both are not ready. You may want to initiate it or just let your child stop breast-feeding on his or her own (self-wean). One way to let a toddler control his or her own weaning is through the "don't ...
Choosing Child Care - Group Child Care Providers
Narrowing your searchWhen you start looking for child care, narrow down your selection by considering practical issues as well as your child's needs.Do you need part - time or full - time child care?What days of the week do you need child care? Are the days always the same, or do they change?During what hours do you need child care (include your travel time if appropriate)?What are you willing to
Choosing Child Care - Individual Care Providers
Types of individual providers Babysitters and mother's helpers. Babysitters provide informal in-home care for your child,such as when you need to run errands or have planned an evening out. They are usually paid hourly and maintain general household order. But they are not expected to do housekeeping chores. A mother's helper is similar to a babysitter but is someone who watches your child ...
Choosing Child Care - Topic Overview
What is child care?In basic terms, child care is temporary care by someone other than a parent. Child care should offer a healthy, safe, and secure place for children to develop and grow. In the United States, approximately 75% of children younger than 5 are cared for on a regular basis by a person who is not their parent.1The high demand for child care is a reflection of many cultural and ...
Choosing Child Care - Other Concerns
Paying for high - quality child careBudgeting for child care takes work. Plan ahead and think about your future child care expenses as far in advance as possible. Keep in mind that it may take time to process applications or there may be a waiting list, especially if you are trying to qualify for financial assistance.Child care referral agencies or other experts (such as some state or federal ...
Weaning - Routine Checkups
A well baby checkup is a good time to ask questions about weaning. During this checkup, your baby's health professional will: Compare the baby's current weight, height, and head size with measurements taken at birth to see if the rate of growth is normal. Ask how well the baby is eating and sleeping and whether any problems have developed. ...
Choosing Child Care - Paying for Child Care
Budgeting for child care takes work. Plan ahead and think about your future child care expenses as far in advance as possible. Keep in mind that it may take time to process applications or that there may be a waiting list,especially if you are trying to qualify for financial assistance. Child care referral agencies or other experts (such as some state or federal government agencies) can help ...
Weaning - What Is Expected
Weaning is a gradual process. It starts when you begin giving solid food to your baby and ends when the child no longer breast - feeds or takes a bottle. This process may last a few months or more than a year.A rough outline of this process is as follows: Your baby begins eating solid foods at 4 to 6 months of age. At this point, introduce cup - feeding to supplement breast - or bottle - feedings
Bottle-Feeding: Weaning a Toddler - Topic Overview
Many of the tips for weaning babies from bottle-feeding can be used for toddlers (ages 1 to 2). Here are some suggestions unique to toddlers: Do not allow a toddler to carry the bottle around. Explain to your toddler that he or she can have milk only at mealtimes and snack times and in specific locations,such as in the kitchen. This makes drinking from the bottle less convenient and may also ...