Baby Steps: Week 1

img_8887Babies love to look at overhead mobiles. Change the hanging toys with different shapes and colors to keep baby’s interest. If the mobile has music, sing a long. Baby will listen! Toys must be attached with very short cords to avoid any risk of entanglement or strangulation. For safety, mobiles must come down once baby can sit.

Most cribs are placed longways against a wall. Change the direction your baby sleeps—head to the right one night and head to the left the next. All the interesting stuff is happening away from the wall, so this helps your baby get stronger looking in both directions and helps prevent flattening of one side of the head.

Remember: back to sleep, tummy to play.

Build on tummy time by putting baby on their stomach after a diaper change. Help build strong arm, neck, and back muscles!

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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