School’s out, the days are longer, and there is so much to see and do outdoors. There are fewer colds and tummy viruses, and for the baby and toddler crowd, now is a good time to think about making changes at home that support your child’s growth and development.
After the first birthday, your baby should transition to the cup. Drinking milk from a cup helps your baby focus on eating healthy foods: fruits, vegetables, beans, meats and grains.
Falling asleep without the bottle is a developmental stage every child masters. Babies over 4 months of age who weight 16 pounds should be able to sleep 5 to 6 hours at night. Developing healthy sleep habits gives your child a better night sleep–and you may sleep easier too–making you better able to face the next day’s challenges.
Start a new bedtime ritual for the summer: drink milk at the table with something small and healthy to eat, brush teeth, read a bedtime story, sing a lullaby, and then put your child to bed with teddy or a favorite lovie.
Information on your child and sleep can be found here.