Re: December Infants & Toddlers
posted at 12/17/2013 4:06 AM EST
In response to siena09's comment:
I was raised vegetarian and plan to do the same with DD, so I wouldn't be inclined to sweat the meat consumption. Protein deficiencies are exceedingly rare in the developed world, but if you're worrying, think about beans, lentils, soy products, and nuts. Some ideas of popular/common/easy veggie protein sources: hummus, peanut butter, plain tofu (kids tend to love plain tofu--you can serve it raw and it is so mild and kid friendly), lentil soup, beans & rice, bean tacos, minestrone (with beans).
DD is doing great. She has started rolling back to front, and eating solid foods. Exciting stuff! Now if only she would stop waking up twice every night, so her mama could get some more sleep!
Re. newborn nap schedules: DD needed a nap after every 90 minutes of wakefulness. Ideally, I would start soothing her down after being awake for 80 minutes. It was like clockwork. She is just now starting to space out her naps further than that. If she was really stimulated, she would skip naps, but it would lead to a lot of crankiness and more trouble sleeping later in the day.
Around 6 weeks of age, she started to fall asleep at her 8 pm "nap time" and staying asleep for 3-4 hours, so that turned into the beginning of her night sleep time.
Re. flat head: Don't worry too much, and just keep doing back to sleep (for naps too). SIDS is way worse than a flat head, which is a purely cosmetic thing. And even with the flat heads, it's not the flatness per se that is the problem (hair covers that, and it is not noticeable on older kids & adults). Doctors worry if the head is asymmetrically flattening, not just flat in the back in a symmetric way. Your pediatrician will screen for this at every appointment (even if they don't talk about it, it is something they check).
What you can do to help is tummy time and rotate babies orientation in the crib, to encourage her to look out to both sides to see into the room. Favoring one side is what can cause the asymmetric flattening.
We had a lot of discussions about flat heads at my house bc my MIL became obsessed with the idea that DD had a flat head. DH is a surgeon who routinely evaluates babies for this problem and neither he nor our pediatrician thought that DD had the problem. But that didn't stop MIL from nagging us about it for a month or so...
THis website has some great suggestions about tummy time, for the skeptical babies (which seems to be pretty much all babies when they are really little):
SIDS is much much worse. My now 3 year old daughter wore a helmet for about 6 months. While she learned to walk, it was actually awesome :-) not kidding. She never once got hurt in all the times she fell. her head was a bit flat at four months, but just bad by 6 months - she doesnt move in her sleep once she finds "her spot". Which is flat on her back even now. She still has a flat spot, even though she's "within the normal spectrum" now.
A friend of mine recognized early that her son was developing a flat head and went in for an in between check up (which honestly just hadn't occurred to me). He was sent right over to Children's and got a "head cup" for sleep that totally fixed him, very easily.
Worth a a call and pedi visit now if you're worried. But helmets aren't that bad, I promise!