Caring for Your Infant
Caring for an infant can be a challenge for both first-time and experienced parents alike. Fortunately, information is available to help you with different aspects of your baby's development, including:
- Language development
For example, you may be wondering how long your child should sleep each day. As is often the case, the answer will vary depending on your child's age. Generally, the younger the baby, the fewer hours of daytime sleep that are needed. A chart with more specific guidelines, as well as details on how you can help get your child to sleep, is included in the Sleeping Baby article.
Confused about how to make your infant's playtime safe and educational, yet fun? Being tuned in to your baby's schedule -- and planning playtime around it -- will help tremendously as you get started. A baby that is well rested and has had plenty to eat will be much more receptive to absorbing new information through play. Reading, singing, and talking can all be incorporated at different levels throughout playtime, depending on your child's age and progress.
(To read the full-length eMedTV articles on how to care for your infant, click Infant Playtime, Nap Time, Sleeping Baby, Daycare, Car Travel With an Infant, and Traveling With a Baby.)