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Your Baby at 1 Month

Your Baby at 1 Month

What happens during the first month of your baby’s life? I bet you don’t know. I didn’t know until recently. My baby is turning four months old as I write this post, so I’ll share some of my research and personal experiences from the past few months. My goal is to write one new monthly development post for at least the first year, every month. Vision Your baby’s vision will gradually improve over the first month. When she is first…

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Why do babies get a vitamin K injection?

Why do babies get a vitamin K injection?

Why do babies get a vitamin K shot? After my baby was born, they wiped her down quickly, then handed her to my wife. My wife held our little girl as we all cried and cried and cried (especially the baby). After a few minutes, they took the baby to check her vitals and assign the Apgar score. During the evaluation, they do two primary things. First, they put a thick goop in her eyes. This is an antibiotic to…

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What are the baby blues?

What are the baby blues?

Has your partner or wife been depressed and crying after having a baby? She may be suffering from the baby blues. After our baby was born, my wife was very depressed and anti-social. She spent most of the day in bed, usually crying. Nothing seemed to console her. She didn’t want to spend time with our newborn. Every time I spoke with her, she broke down into tears. I was devastated. I couldn’t understand why my wife was so upset and…

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How to swaddle a baby

How to swaddle a baby

Do you know how to swaddle your baby? If you consider yourself a super dad, you probably do…but for the rest of us here are some tips. Swaddling a baby is a great way to help calm a fussing baby. A good swaddle help child feel warm and secure. A newborn baby was just separated from the only place they have known for their entire life – the womb. Being out in a big cold world can be a shock…

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How to perform skin to skin

How to perform skin to skin

How do you perform skin to skin contact (or kangaroo care) with your baby? I wrote a great article about the benefits of skin to skin, and what you need to do as a dad to ensure it happens. But I forgot to tell you how to perform skin to skin! I love snuggling with my baby like this. It helps me to feel closer to her and connected with her. It can be challenging for a father to develop a…

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Baby Feeding and Diaper Chart

Baby Feeding and Diaper Chart

I’ve made a free baby feeding chart for you! Every newborn parent should be tracking their baby’s food, urine, and bowel movements for at least the first two weeks. This is a very simple way to ensure your baby is healthy and eating enough food. Your baby cannot tell you when they are hungry or if their tummy hurts. The only way for you to know is by tracking their input and outputs. I’ve created a free baby feeding and…

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Kangaroo Care – Skin to Skin With Dad

Kangaroo Care – Skin to Skin With Dad

You’ve heard about kangaroo care, right? Well, do you know what it is and why we do it? You’d better read on… Kangaroo care is one of the hot new trends in baby delivery. It has been used for a few years with premature babies to help them develop more quickly and self-regulate their body temperatures. It has started to expand in many hospitals to regular births due to the many benefits. First, a little history. Kangaroo care was originally…

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ABC Baby Sleep Method

ABC Baby Sleep Method

So you’ve got a new baby and they sent you home from the hospital. Clearly, the hospital forgot to give you a manual. So you rush back and talk to the nurses and the doctors. You ask for the manual they forgot to give you. You get laughed at – you must be one of those bumbling idiot dads. Now what? Well, step one, is learning how to put baby to sleep safely. Surely, you’ve heard about SIDS? Sudden Infant Death…

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