Weaning - When to Call a Doctor
Talk to your child's health professional about weaning if:Your baby refuses all solid food and is older than 6 to 8 months of age.Your baby has changed from sleeping through the night to waking up during the night hungry. Your baby develops dental cavities (caries).Your baby seems overweight for his or her age, size, or birth weight.Your toddler (1 to 2 years old) focuses on breast - or ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
Breast-Feeding: When Baby Doesn't Want to Stop - Topic Overview
Sometimes a mother wants to stop breast-feeding,but her baby shows signs of wanting to continue. If possible,continue breast-feeding a while longer. If this is not possible,the following suggestions may help you: Offer breast milk pumped from your breast,formula,or cow's milk (if your baby is more than 12 months old) in a cup or bottle before you breast-feed or between breast-feedings. ...
Introducing Solid Foods to Your Baby - Topic Overview
Breast milk or formula is the only food babies need for the first 4 to 6 months of life,at which point solid foods can be gradually introduced. Ideally,your baby will be fed only breast milk until 6 months of age. Before you start offering solid foods,talk to your doctor. He or she will want to be certain that your baby is physically and developmentally ready. And although breast-fed ...
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 ...
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. ...
Baby's 18-Month Checkup: What to Expect
Find out from WebMD what to expect during your toddler's 18-month checkup: what your pediatrician will look for and questions you'll want to ask.
Baby Developmental Milestones: By 12 to 15 Months
See how your baby is growing and developing with WebMD's child development milestone list for 12 to 15 months.