The Baby Owner`s Manual

The Baby Owner`s Manual
Copyright © 2003, 2012 by Quirk Productions, Inc.
Second edition 2012. Illustrations copyright © 2003, 2012 by Headcase Design
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Number: 2012900532
eISBN: 978-1-59474-609-3
Designed by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum @ Headcase Design
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Contents
Cover
Title Page
Copyright
WELCOME TO YOUR NEW BABY
The Baby: Diagram and Parts List
The Head
The Body
CHAPTER 1:
PREPARATION AND HOME INSTALLATION
Preparing the Home
Configuring the Baby’s Nursery
The Crib
The Changing Station/Dresser
Other Nursery Items
Essential Baby Accessories
Essential Transportation Accessories
Carriers
Strollers
Car Seats
Installing a Car Seat
Getting to Know the Baby’s Service Provider
CHAPTER 2:
GENERAL CARE
Bonding with the New Baby
Handling the New Baby
Picking Up the Baby
The Cradle Hold
The Shoulder Hold
Passing the Baby
Holding a Crawling Baby
The Hip Hold
The Potato-Sack Hold
Crying: Troubleshooting the Baby’s Audio Cues
Comforting the Baby
Swaddling the Baby
Quick Wrap
Burrito Roll
Selecting and Installing a Pacifier
Natural Pacifier
Artificial Pacifier
Massaging the Baby
Playing with the Baby
Music Games
Strengthening Games
Selecting Toy Accessories
Toys for Month 1
Toys for Months 2 to 6
Toys for Months 7 to 12
CHAPTER 3:
FEEDING: UNDERSTANDING THE BABY’S POWER SUPPLY
Programming the Baby’s Feeding Schedule
Gauging the Baby’s Feeding, Month 1
Gauging the Baby’s Feeding, Months 2 Through 6
Gauging the Baby’s Feeding, Months 7 Through 12
Demand Feeding versus Flexible-Scheduled Feeding
Breast Milk versus Formula: Selecting the Baby’s Food Source
Breastfeeding the Baby
The Basics of Breastfeeding
Essential Breastfeeding Accessories
How to Eat a Good Nursing Diet
Breastfeeding Positions
Cradle Hold
The Football Hold
Lying Down
Breastfeeding in Public
Latching On
Alternating Breasts and Proper Feeding Frequency
Bottle Feeding
Cleaning Bottles
Storing Breast Milk
Warming Stored Breast Milk
Formula-Feeding the Baby
Selecting Formula
Warming Mixable Formula
Preparing Formula on the Go
Bottle-Feeding the Baby
Burping the Baby
The Shoulder Burp
The Sit Up Burp
Eliminating Middle-of-the-Night Feedings
Introducing the Baby to Solid Food
Essential Solid-Food Feeding Equipment
Feeding the Baby Solid Food
Preparing the Baby for Self-Feeding
Six Foods to Avoid
Weaning the Baby
CHAPTER 4:
PROGRAMMING SLEEP MODE
Configuring the Baby’s Sleeping Space
Bassinet
Crib
Your Bed
Understanding Sleep Mode
Understanding Sleep Cycles
Advanced Application: The Sleep Cycle Test
Using a Sleep Chart
Activating Sleep Mode
User-Activated Sleep Mode
Unit-Activated Sleep Mode (Version 1.0)
Unit-Activated Sleep Mode (Version 2.0)
Programming a Day Sleeper into a Night Sleeper
Using Sleep Mode Outside the Sleep Space
Stroller
Automobile
Middle-of-the-Night Waking
Transitional Objects
Dealing with Overstimulation
Sleeping Malfunctions
CHAPTER 5:
GENERAL MAINTENANCE
Understanding and Installing Diapers
Establishing and Configuring the Diaper Station
Cloth versus Disposable Diapers
Installing a Diaper
Understanding and Treating Diaper Rash
Tracking the Baby’s Waste Function
Bladder Function
Bowel Function
Cleaning the Baby
“Sponge” Bath
Basin Bath
Bathtub Bath
Cleaning Hair
Cleaning Ears, Nose, and Nails
Cleaning and Brushing the Baby’s Teeth
Cleaning
Brushing
Shortening the Baby’s Hair
Dressing the Baby
Protecting the Baby from Heat and Cold
Avoiding Extreme Heat
Avoiding Extreme Cold
CHAPTER 6:
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Tracking the Baby’s Motor and Sensory Applications
Visual Sensors (Sight)
Auditory Sensors (Hearing)
Propulsion Apparatus (Movement)
Olfactory Sensors (Smell)
Testing the Baby’s Reflexes
Sucking Reflex
Rooting Reflex
Moro Reflex
Palmar and Plantar Grasp Reflexes
Stepping Reflex
Tonic Neck Reflex
Defensive Reflexes
First-Year Milestones
3rd Month Development Milestones
6th Month Development Milestones
9th Month Development Milestones
12th Month Development Milestones
Determining the Baby’s Percentile
Verbal Communication
Baby Talk
Natural Speaking
The Baby’s Mobility
Crawling
Pulling Up
Climbing
Walking
Dealing with Falls
Coping with Separation Anxiety
Coping with Tantrums
CHAPTER 7:
SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE
Childproofing the Baby’s Environment
General Childproofing Strategies
Kitchen Strategies
Bathroom Strategies
Bedroom Strategies
Living Room Strategies
Dining Room Strategies
Travel Strategies
Assembling a Baby First-Aid Kit
Heimlich Maneuver and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Identifying Respiratory Problems
Performing the Heimlich Maneuver
Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Measuring the Baby’s Core Temperature
Medical Maintenance
Asthma
Baby Acne
Birth Marks and Birth Rashes
Bumps and Bruises
Chickenpox
Circumcision
Clogged Tear Duct
Colic
Congestion
Constipation
Cradle Cap
Croup
Cuts
Dehydration
Diarrhea
Drug Allergies
Ear Infections
Fever
Gas
Hiccups
Insect Bites and Stings
Nervous Tremors
Pink Eye
Reflux
Teething
Umbilical Cord Stump
Vaccination Reactions
Vomiting
Protecting the Baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Recognizing Serious Illness
Meningitis
Pneumonia
Seizure
RSV
APPENDIX
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
About the Illustrators
Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby.
This baby is surprisingly similar to other appliances you may already own. Like a
personal computer, for instance, the baby will require a source of power to execute her
many complicated tasks and functions. Like an inkjet printer, the baby’s head will
require frequent cleanings for optimum performance. And like an automobile, the baby
may expel unpleasant odors into the atmosphere.
But there is one major di erence: personal computers, inkjet printers, and
automobiles all come with instruction manuals. Newborn babies do not—hence the book
you are holding in your hands. The Baby Owner’s Manual is a comprehensive user’s guide
to deriving maximum performance and optimal results from your newborn.
It is not necessary to read this entire manual cover to cover. For ease of use, this guide
has been divided into seven separate sections. If you have a question or encounter a
problem, just turn to any of the following chapters:
PREPARATION AND HOME INSTALLATION (this page) describes the best ways to
anticipate the arrival of the baby. It features useful information on the con guration of
the baby’s nursery and the selection of transportation accessories (including popular
devices known as strollers and carriers).
GENERAL CARE (this page) features e ective techniques for handling, holding, and
comforting the baby. It also illustrates complex procedures such as swaddling and baby
massage, and presents toy accessories that may enhance the baby’s intelligence.
FEEDING (this page) offers an in-depth guide to understanding the baby’s power supply.
This chapter includes detailed instructions on breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, burping the
baby, and the introduction of solid food.
PROGRAMMING SLEEP MODE (this page) describes proven techniques for teaching the
baby to sleep through the night. It also includes instructions on sleep malfunction,
dealing with overstimulation, and configuring the baby’s sleeping area.
GENERAL MAINTENANCE (this page) is important for the safety, sanitation, and wellbeing of all newborn models. This chapter features detailed instructions on re-installing
diapers, cleaning the baby, and shortening the baby’s hair.
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (this page) teaches the user how to test baby re exes
and identify important milestones. This chapter also explains advanced motor and
sensory applications, such as crawling, pulling up, and baby talk.
SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE (this page) explores the best ways to
childproof the baby’s environment. It also features extremely important advice on the
Heimlich maneuver and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and monitoring the baby’s
health. Users can also refer to an A-to-Z guide of minor medical conditions like cradle
cap, hiccups, and pink eye.
When used properly, the baby will provide years of love, devotion, and joy. But
understanding how to use the baby takes practice, so it is important to be patient. Over
the next few months, you may experience feelings of frustration, incompetence,
hopelessness, and despair. These feelings are all normal—and, in time, this too shall
pass. One day in the near future, the ideas of changing diapers and warming a breast
milk bottle will seem as easy to you as booting up a PC or setting the alarm on your
smartphone. And then you will know that you have truly mastered baby ownership.
Good luck—and enjoy your new baby!
The Baby: Diagram and Parts List
Virtually all current models come pre-installed with the following features and
capabilities. If the baby is missing one or more of the functions described herein,
contact the baby’s service provider immediately.
The Head
Head: May initially appear unusually large or even cone-shaped, depending on model
and delivery option. A cone-shaped head will become more rounded after four to eight
weeks.
Circumference: The average head circumference of all models is 13.8 inches (35 cm).
Any measurement between 12.9 and 14.7 inches (32–37 cm) is considered normal.
Hair: Not available upon delivery with every model. Tint may vary.
Fontanels (Anterior and Posterior): Also known as “soft spots.” Fontanels are two
gaps in the baby’s skull where the bones have not grown together. Never apply pressure
to the fontanels. They should seal completely by the end of the first year (or soon after).
Eyes: Most Caucasian models are delivered with blue or gray eyes, while African and
Asian models are usually delivered with brown eyes. Be aware that the pigmentation of
the iris may change several times during the rst few months. The baby will
automatically settle on an eye color by the age of nine to twelve months.
Neck: Upon arrival, this feature may appear “useless.” This is not a defect. The neck
will become more useful in two to four months.
The Body
Skin: The baby’s skin may be exceptionally sensitive to the chemicals found in new
(unwashed) garments. The skin may react poorly to the chemicals in ordinary laundry
detergent. Consider switching to a fragrance-free, chemical-free detergent for all of the
laundry in the household.
Umbilical Stump: This appendage will become scabbed and, after several weeks, will
fall o . It must be kept clean and dry to avoid infection and to form a healthy navel
(see this page).
Rectum: This is the site of the baby’s solid waste output. A thermometer placed in this
port will measure the baby’s core temperature, which should be approximately 98.6
degrees Fahrenheit (37°C) (see this page).
Genitals: It is normal for the baby’s genitals to appear slightly enlarged. This has no
reflection on the future size or shape of the baby’s genitals.
Fuzz: Many models come pre-installed with lanugo, a downy coating of hair on the
shoulders or back. This coating will disappear within a few weeks.
Weight: The average model weighs 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) on delivery. The majority weigh
between 5.5 and 10 pounds (2.5–4.5 kg).
Length: The average model is 20 inches (51 cm) long on delivery. The majority are
between 18 and 22 inches (45–56 cm) long.
Preparing the Home
A newborn baby has limited mobility, so there is no immediate need to
childproof the environment (see this page). However, it is recommended that you
make the following preparations before the baby’s arrival.
[1] Finish any home improvement projects well in advance of delivery. The demands of
a newborn can delay the completion of these projects for years or even decades.
[2] Adjust and monitor the house temperature. During the rst few months of life, the
baby will need help regulating internal temperature. The optimal home temperature for
a newborn is 68–72 degrees Fahrenheit (20–22°C).
[3] Clean the home thoroughly. Put objects away when you are nished with them.
Clean the kitchen after meals. The delivery of the baby may be a surprise. It is helpful to
be prepared.
[4] Increase your food supply. Fill the pantry with dry goods. Accumulate frozen latenight snacks. Once you own a baby, navigating the aisles of a grocery store will be
infinitely more complicated.
[5] Pre-cook meals. By cooking meals in advance and freezing them, you will have an
ample source of food that can last for weeks after the baby’s arrival.
EXPERT TIP: In the nal four weeks before the baby’s arrival, never let the gas tank
in the automobile dip below half-full.
Configuring the Baby’s Nursery
Most users will choose to keep the baby in a special room of her own. This room
is usually referred to as a nursery. It is highly recommended that you con gure
the nursery before your model is delivered. Organization is critical because you
may need to find objects and tools at a moment’s notice.
The Crib
The crib is the most important object in the nursery. Its location should be safe,
comfortable, and accessible—in that order.
Safe: The crib should be away from windows, heat/air conditioning ducts, radiators,
loose-hanging items such as curtain cords, and heavy objects such as framed pictures or
lamps. The crib should rest atop a soft carpet or throw rug.
Comfortable: The baby might have an increased sense of security if the crib is located
in the corner of a room. The crib should not be placed in direct sunlight.
Accessible: The ideal crib is visible from the door to the room, so users can monitor the
baby’s status at a glance.
For more information on selecting the ideal crib, see this page.
The Changing Station/Dresser
The changing station—which also comes in the form of a combination changing
station/dresser—is a at surface, about waist high, that aids in performing diaper
removal and reinstallation. Like the crib, an e ective changing station will be
safe, comfortable, and accessible, and will be con gured so that all of your
changing supplies are within reach.
CAUTION: Never leave the baby unattended on a changing station. This may lead to
serious injury and/or malfunction.
Safe: A crawling baby may grab the face of the changing station in an attempt to pull
herself up to a standing position. By fastening the station to the wall with safety
brackets, you can ensure its upright position. The changing station should not be placed
near radiators, curtain cords, or other hazards.
Comfortable: Many users will lay a foam changing pad on the changing station’s
surface to cushion the baby and increase her comfort level. These changing pads are
usually accompanied by fitted rubber sheets and can be covered with cotton sheets.
Accessible: The ideal changing station location is within an arm’s length of extra
supplies, extra clothes, a waste disposal, and a laundry hamper.
Other Nursery Items
Rocker or Chair: Place this object in the corner of the room to avoid wasting valuable
play space. On a small table beside the rocker, store a soft cloth for burping, a lamp
with a dimmer, a book to read, a clock to time feedings, and a warm blanket.
Toy Chest: If space is limited, consider a low toy chest that can slide under the baby’s
crib.
Humidifier: If you keep a humidi er in the nursery, place it at least four feet from the
crib. Mist on the crib may allow bacteria to grow.
Thermostat: It is recommended that users have a thermostat in the nursery, since
di erent rooms of a home often have di erent temperatures. The ideal temperature for
the baby’s nursery is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20°C).
Space Heater: If you have a space heater in the nursery, keep it away from the crib and
all flammable materials. Do not leave a space heater on unattended.
Sleep Monitor: This device can be used to monitor the baby’s audio output or sleep
mode functionality from anywhere in the house. The transmitter is usually left on at all
times and should be placed near an electrical outlet. Avoid using extension cords if
possible.
Nightlight: Place a small nightlight near or below the baby’s crib, out of the baby’s line
of vision.
Essential Baby Accessories
All models require a wide range of accessories, from sleeping supplies to
grooming equipment. Listed below are the most essential accessories required
during the baby’s rst month. It is recommended that you purchase most of these
items before your model is delivered.
SLEEPING SUPPLIES
2 sets of fitted crib or bassinet sheets
4–6 receiving blankets
crib bumper
CHANGING SUPPLIES
wipes, alcohol free
barrier cream
diaper cream
lotion
cotton swabs
36–60 cloth diapers with six pins and six over-pants
OR
1–2 packages of newborn disposable diapers
FEEDING SUPPLIES
6–12 burp cloths
2 nursing bras
4 nursing pads
lanolin ointment
4–6 4-ounce (118 ml) bottles and newborn nipples
nipple shields
breast pump with storage bottles and bags (optional
OR
one-week supply of newborn formula (optional)
CLOTHING SUPPLIES
5–7 one-piece undershirts
3–5 one-piece shirt/pant suits
3–5 one-piece flame-retardant pajamas
3–5 flame-retardant nightshirts
3–5 pairs of socks
no-scratch hand mittens
2–3 hats
fleece suit, sweater, and coat (depending on climate)
BATHING AND GROOMING SUPPLIES
small plastic bathtub
2–3 hooded towels
2–3 washcloths
baby bath soap
baby shampoo
grooming kit with nail clippers
nasal bulb
Essential Transportation Accessories
Baby owners require special accessories to transport the baby. Use the following
guidelines to select equipment that suits your current lifestyle.
Carriers
A carrier allows users to carry the baby on their person with a reduced amount of
e ort. Consider your comfort as well as the baby’s; if you do not enjoy wearing
the carrier, you are not likely to use it.
Front Pack (Fig. A): This carrier—consisting of shoulder straps for the user and a
harness for the baby—allows the baby to be supported on the user’s chest. The baby
should ride “face-in” until she has developed adequate neck strength. Front packs can
accommodate babies up to approximately age six months.
Sling/Wrap (Fig. B): These carriers—usually made of soft cotton, nylon, or Lycra—
strap over one shoulder or wrap around a user’s torso and may be used for infants and
older babies. Slings and/or wraps can accommodate babies up to and beyond twelve
months.
Backpack (Fig. C): This carrier—usually a metal or plastic frame with soft cotton or
nylon padding—allows the baby to ride on the user’s back. The baby will need
substantial neck and back strength to ride in a backpack; they are not recommended for
models younger than six to nine months. Choose an adjustable model that includes a
sunshade and storage pockets.
Strollers
A stroller allows users to move the baby on casters from point A to point B.
Before selecting one, consider its durability, versatility, size, weight, and cost. All
primary users should “test drive” the stroller before purchasing it.
Look for the following features when selecting a stroller: ve-point harness,
storage pockets, cup holders, sun guard, seat padding, rain cover, multi-position
front wheels, multi-position seat backs, shock absorbers, and sturdy plastic (or
durable air-tube) wheels.
Car Seats
To transport the baby in an automobile, you need a car seat custom-designed for
the baby’s size. Most newborns are compatible with two di erent types of car
seats: the infant seat and the infant-toddler convertible. Each has its own
bene ts. Regardless of your selection, read the seat manual carefully and be sure
to install the seat properly (see this page).
Look for the following features: a ve-point safety harness, newborn head support,
adjustable seat belt, retractable sunshade, comfortable cushioning, and (for convertible
seats only) a seat-to-car tether. If you have any concerns, call the manufacturer.
Infant Seat (Fig. A): The primary bene t of the infant seat is that it can be removed
from the automobile with the baby in it. It can link to most standard and frameless
strollers (see this page), and is designed to close like a clamshell in the event of an
accident. Unfortunately, a fully loaded infant seat weighs nearly 30 pounds (13 kg) and
will require safety checks each time you place it in the automobile. The seat will need to
be replaced when the baby grows larger than 20 to 25 pounds (9–11 kg), or when she
exceeds a length of 26 inches (66 cm).
Infant-Toddler Convertible (Fig. B): Larger than the infant seat, the infant-toddler
convertible will last until the baby is approximately four to ve years old. Because this
seat is not designed to be removed from the automobile, you will need additional
carriers upon reaching your destination.
EXPERT TIP: In general, it is unsafe to purchase a used car seat. Safety regulations
change frequently, and old models may be obsolete. If the pre-owned car seat was ever in a
car accident, it may no longer function at peak capacity.
Installing a Car Seat
By law in the United States, all baby models must be safely restrained when riding in an
automobile. Until the baby is 12 months old and weighs 20 pounds (9 kg), she must be
seated facing the rear of the vehicle. When possible, position the baby in the center of
the back seat.
[1] Always defer to the car seat manufacturer’s instructions. They will provide contact
information if you are having difficulty with the installation.
[2] Obey safety standards. The seat should not be in the path of an airbag or facing a
fold-down rear seat armrest. Front automobile seats should never recline against the
infant seat; in the event of an accident, this will prevent the device from sealing shut.
[3] Use two people to ensure a secure
t when installing the seat. One person can rest
a knee on the car seat, forcing it down, while the other person tightens the seat belts.
[4] Perform safety checks. The car seat should not move more than one inch forward,
backward, or side-to-side. Belts should be installed in the proper notches. Attach a
locking clip if necessary. The seat should recline at the proper angle (about 45 degrees).
[5] Check the seat’s harness straps. They should be at (not twisted), snugly secure, and
firmly attached at snap points.
[6] Support the baby’s head. Use the seat’s head support or wrap a towel around the
top and side of the baby’s head. Be sure this support does not interfere with the seat’s
straps.
[7] Check the seat’s stability and safety on a regular basis.
EXPERT TIP: Many hospitals, re stations, and retailers of baby merchandise will
inspect and confirm proper car seat installation free of charge.
Getting to Know the Baby’s Service Provider
All models will require the assistance of a service provider known as a
pediatrician. Set up a face-to-face interview with the service provider. Consider
asking the following questions:
What is your child rearing philosophy? Some service providers may have speci c
philosophies, while others may be open to multiple views. Know which philosophy your
provider subscribes to, and how it is similar to or different from your own.
Will you see the baby every time we have an appointment? Some hospitals or clinics
have multiple service providers on sta . In an ideal situation, you will see the same
service provider on every visit.
Who will treat the baby if you are unavailable? It is normal for a service provider to
have associates work for him or her from time to time. It is also normal for you to ask
about their qualifications.
Do you schedule well-child and sick-child visits at di erent times? Do you have
separate waiting rooms for well and sick children? This will limit the baby’s exposure
to sick children.
What are your o ce hours? This is particularly important if both parents work full
time. Some service providers have flexible hours.
Is there a speci c hour that you devote to phone calls, or do you take calls
throughout the day? Most service providers will do one or the other. Understanding this
policy from the beginning will prevent confusion and frustration in the long run.
Does your nurse or assistant give shots? Most models will come to fear the person
who gives them shots. It is preferable if the service provider has a nurse or assistant
perform this task.
In the United States, where users can choose their service providers from a wide pool, it
is recommended that you set up interviews with a few doctors who accept your
insurance. Secure recommendations from friends, family, and co-workers. Choose a
service provider with whom you feel most comfortable, based on the interview.
Bonding with the New Baby
It is recommended that users bond with the baby shortly after delivery. Often,
this bond will develop instantaneously. In other cases, the baby and the user will
require a little more time. No two baby models are alike, and there is no right or
wrong way for bonding to occur. However, if you do not feel bonded with the
baby after three to four weeks, it is recommended that you discuss this issue with
the baby’s service provider.
[1] Feel, see, and smell the baby at the rst opportunity. If the baby’s health allows,
ask the nurse, midwife, or doctor to place the baby on your chest immediately after
delivery.
[2] Mothers who choose to breastfeed should do so as soon as possible (see this page).
Breastfeeding releases hormones that help contract the uterus, limiting postpartum
bleeding. The physical act of breastfeeding may also accelerate the growth of the bond
between mother and child. The breast milk provides innumerable health bene ts to the
baby (see this page).
[3] Keep the baby with you. If the baby’s health allows, arrange to keep the baby in
your room. Speak or sing to her. She may recognize the sound of your voice.
CAUTION: Take your time. Some mothers will need to take these steps slowly. If you
need to recover from the trauma of the delivery before keeping constant contact with the
newborn, do so. It is important for the mother and the baby to be together—but it is even more
important for the mother to be ready. Nurses, other parents, or family members may supervise
the baby while the mother recovers.
Handling the New Baby
Always wash your hands before handling the baby. Human skin contains bacteria
that, when transferred to the baby, can cause him to function improperly. If you
do not have access to soap and water, disinfect your hands with a baby wipe.
Picking Up the Baby
[1] Slide one hand under the baby’s neck and head to support them (Fig. A). In the rst
weeks, the baby’s neck has minimal function. Until it strengthens, handle the baby with
care to prevent undesirable “flopping” of the head.
[2] Slide your other hand under his bottom and spine (Fig. B).
[3] Lift the baby close to your body (Fig. C).
CAUTION: When laying the baby down, always support the baby’s head with your
hands, and ensure that the surface you put him on will support his head and neck.
The Cradle Hold
By cradling the baby with his head on the left side of your body, you will expose
his ears to an audible rhythmic thumping produced by your heart. Upon receiving
this signal, the baby is likely to enter sleep mode (see this page). This is
considered normal—and, for many users, desirable. (The hold can also be
performed on the right side.)
[1] Place your right hand under the baby’s head and neck. Your left hand should
support the baby’s bottom and spine (Fig. A).
[2] Guide the baby’s head and neck into the crook of your left arm. Your right hand is
now free to perform other tasks, while your left hand supports the baby (Fig. B).
[3] For a more secure hold, tuck your right arm under your left arm.
The Shoulder Hold
This position is ideal for new baby owners. However, as the baby ages, he may no
longer enjoy being held in this manner.
[1] Raise the baby so his head rests on the front of your shoulder. His head should not
be hanging over your shoulder (Fig. A).
[2] Use the crook of your arm to support the baby’s bottom. His legs will hang below
this arm.
[3] For a more secure hold, keep your free hand on the baby’s back (Fig. B). If you must
lean forward at any point, support the baby’s head and neck.
Passing the Baby
During the baby’s rst two months of life, the immune system is extremely
fragile. It is recommended that you limit the number of visitors during this
period. Before passing the baby to another person, be sure this person has
washed his or her hands.
When one user wishes to pass the baby o to another, or when friends and
family come to visit, use the following techniques to keep the baby safe.
[1] Use one hand to support the baby’s head and neck. Your other hand should support
the baby’s bottom and spine.
[2] Have the other person cross his or her arms.
[3] Set the baby’s head and neck in the crook of one arm. Instruct the other person to
support the baby’s head (Fig. A).
[4] Place the baby’s body into the crossed arms (Fig. B).
Holding a Crawling Baby
Crawling babies, generally older than six months, will weigh considerably more
than when rst delivered. The added weight renders previous holding methods
obsolete. If the baby is crawling, the muscles in the head, neck, and back have
strengthened, making new holding positions viable.
The Hip Hold
[1] Reach your arm around the baby, across her back and under both of her armpits
(Fig. A).
[2] Place your free hand on the baby’s bottom (Fig. B).
[3] Raise the baby to hip-level on the same side as the arm that is supporting her back
(Fig. C).
[4] Set the baby on your hip. Many users need to angle their bodies so the hip sticks
out, providing additional surface area for the baby to rest on. The baby should be
straddling your side with one leg in the front and one leg in the back (Fig. D).
[5] Hold your arm across the baby’s shoulder blades. If the baby grabs onto you, you
may lower your arm across her lower back.
The Potato-Sack Hold
Use this hold for short-distance transfers. Since it requires you to hold the baby
horizontally, most babies will not tolerate it for long periods of time.
[1] Approach the baby from behind.
[2] Slide your dominant arm under the baby, between her legs and up to the front,
bending your elbow as necessary. Rest your hand on her chest (Fig. A).
[3] Place your other hand on her back to stabilize her on your arm (Fig. B).
[4] Lift the baby and tuck her into your side. Your non-dominant hand should continue
to stabilize the baby (Fig. C).
Crying: Troubleshooting the Baby’s Audio Cues
The baby’s audio output system includes two lungs, vocal chords, and a mouth.
The baby will use these features to communicate. Since most models do not come
with verbal language facility pre-installed, your model’s rst attempts at
communication may sound meaningless. This is a common misconception among
new users. These audio cues, called cries, often contain a great deal of
information for users.
A baby will cry if his diaper is wet or soiled, and if he is hungry, too hot or too
cold, tired, gassy, in need of love or comfort, or sick. Some models may cry to
hear the sound of their own voices. When your model cries, the pitch and
frequency of the cry provide clues to the meaning. Di erent causes can trigger
di erent types of cries. When the source of a cry has been determined, users
should make a mental note of the type of cry, so that future cries of that type can
be immediately understood.
Wet or Soiled Diaper: The user’s olfactory system should sense when the baby’s diaper
is soiled, or it can be manually checked by inserting one nger and feeling for wetness.
Reinstall the diaper as necessary (see this page) and see if crying ceases.
Hungry: The baby might feel hungry between seven and ten times a day. O er food to
the baby. He may require a moment to quiet down before eating. If crying ceases,
hunger was the probable cause.
Too Hot or Too Cold: Most models are more likely to cry when they are too cold rather
than too hot. The baby’s internal temperature may rise, but there is no alert system in
place to warn the user. Check the status of the baby’s clothing and adjust accordingly.
Carefully monitor other external signs to determine if the baby may be too hot. Check
for flushed, clammy skin. Do not overdress the baby.
Tired: The baby might rub his eyes, yawn, or appear drowsy while crying and might
need to enter sleep mode. See the instructions for activating sleep mode on this page.
Gassy: If the baby is squirming or raising his legs toward his belly, excess gas might be
in the digestive system. Burp the baby (see this page) or hold the baby in a way that will
expel the gas (see colic, this page).
Love or Comfort: If the baby feels that he has been left alone for too long, or if
overstimulation has led to confusion, the baby may need to be hugged and comforted by
one of the primary users. Try installing a paci cation tool, natural or arti cial, into the
mouth port (see this page).
Sickness: If the baby is experiencing a malady, the discomfort might lead to crying.
Check rst to see if the cause is not one of the above reasons. If the crying continues
unabated for more than 30 minutes, consult the baby’s service provider.
CAUTION: Sometimes the source of the baby’s cry is di cult to troubleshoot. Do your
best to understand the cry and to remain calm.
Comforting the Baby
There are various techniques the user may perform to comfort the baby.
[1] Swaddle the baby. Follow the instructions below. The baby may be comforted by the
warmth and security that swaddling provides.
[2] Rock the baby. Sit with the baby in a rocking chair, place the baby in a sling, or
simply rock your body back and forth while holding her. The steady and smooth rhythms
may soothe her.
[3] Bounce the baby. Be very gentle. Rock side to side slightly.
CAUTION: Never shake a baby. Bouncing should be gentle and purposeful. Shaking can
lead to malfunction.
[4] Sing to the baby. Her auditory sensors are very receptive to music.
[5] Alter the baby’s environment. A change in light or temperature may stop the crying.
Consider taking a walk in a stroller or carrier.
[6] Install a pacification tool, natural or artificial (see this page).
Swaddling the Baby
Swaddling consists of snugly wrapping the baby in a blanket. Your model might
appear soothed by feelings of warmth and security, or frustrated by her sudden
lack of mobility. Try the techniques listed on the following page, and gauge your
model’s reaction.
CAUTION: Since swaddling is confining and may restrict a baby’s motor development, a
full-body swaddle is not recommended after the baby’s rst 60 days. When the baby has
reached this age, it is best to use a version that leaves her arms unrestricted, such as an
altered Burrito Roll (see this page).
Quick Wrap
The Quick Wrap is an e ective technique for users with a minimum amount of time. Use
a blanket that will cover the baby’s entire body.
[1] Lay a square blanket on a flat surface.
[2] Fold one corner of the blanket down about the length of your hand.
[3] Lay the baby on the blanket diagonally so the fold is above the top of the baby’s
neck (Fig. A).
[4] Pull the right side of the blanket across the baby’s body. Tuck it under the baby’s left
side (Fig. B).
[5] Pull the left side of the blanket across the baby’s body. Tuck it under the baby’s right
side (Fig. C).
[6] Lift the baby and tuck the bottom tail of the blanket under the baby’s legs and back
(Fig. D).
Burrito Roll
The Burrito Roll is a more secure (and longer-lasting) version of the Quick Wrap
swaddle. When properly dressed in a Burrito Roll, the baby will resemble a popular
Mexican foodstuff that consists of a flour tortilla rolled around a meat or bean filling.
[1] Lay a square blanket on a at surface. The blanket should be large enough to cover
the baby’s entire body.
[2] Fold one corner of the blanket down about the length of your hand.
[3] Lay the baby on the blanket diagonally so the fold is above the top of the baby’s
neck (Fig. A).
[4] Tuck the baby’s hands into the fold of the blanket. The hands should rest beside the
baby’s shoulders or face. (If you have a particularly active baby, you can tuck the
blanket under the baby’s armpits, so her hands will remain mobile.)
[5] Pull the right side of the blanket across the baby’s body. Tuck it under the baby’s left
side (Fig. B).
[6] Fold the bottom tail of the blanket up (toward the baby’s head), covering her feet
and legs and overlapping the right-side fold. Tuck the tail under the top right edge (Fig.
C).
[7] Pull the left side of the blanket across the baby’s body. Tuck it under the baby’s right
side (Fig. C).
Selecting and Installing a Pacifier
Many users install a paci er to soothe the baby. Most models derive great
pleasure from sucking a paci er. Natural paci ers include pinkie ngers,
knuckles, and thumbs. Arti cial paci ers are made out of latex or silicone
molded to look like a bottle’s nipple and are available at retailers worldwide.
Both natural and arti cial versions are suitable for all models. Neither will cause
long-term medical or psychological malfunctions.
EXPERT TIP: Watch for signs of nipple confusion. Arti cial paci ers may cause a
baby to forget how to latch onto the mother’s breast. During the crucial rst two months, we
recommend avoiding paci ers altogether. If during later months the baby experiences this
phenomenon, limit or discontinue pacifier use.
Natural Pacifier
[1] Clip or le the nail on your pinkie nger until it has no sharp edges. The baby will
prefer this finger to others on the user’s hand.
[2] Wash your hands thoroughly.
[3] Turn your hand palm-side up. Extend your pinkie
remaining fingers folded into your palm.
nger to the baby, keeping
[4] Place the pinkie nger inside the baby’s mouth. Just the tip should touch the roof of
the baby’s mouth. The finger will naturally fit into the curvature of the upper palate.
[5] Allow the baby to suck on your pinkie. Give the baby control of the pinkie, but be
sure that it remains against the roof of the baby’s mouth.
EXPERT TIP: As the baby ages, encourage her to use her own ngers—or thumbs—
for pacifying. If she learns to suck them, she will have a form of paci cation wherever she
goes.
Artificial Pacifier
[1] Purchase a paci er from a retailer. Paci ers come in various shapes and sizes; try
several to determine which type is most compatible with your model.
[2]Sterilize the paci er. Put the paci er through a dishwasher cycle, or submerge it in a
pot of boiling water for ve minutes. Visually inspect the nipple to be sure no water has
leaked through the rubber nipple. If it has, squeeze the water out of the nipple (if
possible) or wait for it to evaporate before giving it to the baby.
[3] Place the tip of the pacifier inside the baby’s mouth.
CAUTION: Do not tie a paci er to the baby with a cord or string—this presents a
choking and strangulation hazard.
[4] Purchase several paci ers. Once you have found a paci er that is compatible with
your model, it is recommended that you keep one in her crib, one in the diaper bag, one
in the car, one in your pocket, and others in various locations around the house.
[5] Replace old pacifiers—especially those with worn-out tips.
CAUTION: Paci ers should be used to soothe the baby between feedings, but never in
place of them. Without an adequate food supply, the baby will malfunction.
Massaging the Baby
Many service providers believe that massage can strengthen the immune system,
improve muscle development, and stimulate growth of the baby. Massage has a
calming e ect on most models, and allows the user and baby to develop a closer
bond.
The user’s hands are the only tools required for massage. Use gentle rubbing
and soft, stroking motions. Lay the baby face up on a rm, at, and comfortable
surface. Warm the room and undress the baby if he will allow it. If you massage
with oil, opt for a cold-pressed oil such as safflower or almond.
[1] Massage the baby’s legs and feet. Begin at the thighs and work your way down to
his toes. Rub one leg at a time.
[2] Massage the baby’s abdomen. With your hand at and ngers extended, stroke the
baby’s abdomen in a circular motion.
CAUTION: Massaging the baby’s abdomen may trigger emission of urine or gas. Before
performing this massage, place a protective washcloth beneath the baby.
[3] Massage the baby’s chest. With your hand at and ngers extended, stroke the
baby’s chest. Begin in the middle and move out toward his arms.
[4] Massage the baby’s arms and hands. Begin at the shoulders and work your way out
toward his fingers. Rub one arm at a time.
[5] Massage the baby’s face. Make small circles with your thumbs, then perform light
strokes with your fingertips.
[6] Turn the baby onto his stomach. Massage the baby’s back. Begin rubbing at the
shoulders and work your way down both sides of the back. Avoid the spine.
[7] Complete the massage. Turn the baby onto his back and lightly brush your ngers
up and down the length of his body. This signals to the baby that the massage is over. If
you do not have time for each step, it is recommended that you always perform this
final step.
EXPERT TIP: Infant massage classes are often taught by certi ed massage instructors.
Your local hospital or community center may provide additional information.
Playing with the Baby
Frequent play time will bene t all models. It serves a trifold purpose: it makes
the baby happy, can activate sleep mode, and teaches the baby about his
relationship with the world. Find time to play games often.
Music Games
Music is highly recommended during play; it can teach the baby the basics of
rhythm, movement, and vocalization, hastening the baby’s intellectual and
creative development.
[1] Select an appropriate piece of music. Opt for lullabies or other melodic music with
only one or two layers of sound. Select songs that have a simple percussive beat.
[2] Play the music.
[3] Dance to the music with the baby. Hold the baby in a way that is appropriate for his
neck and back strength. Move your entire body so the baby can feel the rhythm and
beat.
[4] Sing to the baby. If you do not know the words, substitute baby talk. The baby may
join in.
Strengthening Games
Some forms of play have the added bene t of exercising certain muscles of the
baby, which can aid in development. Proper exercise strengthens the baby’s
muscles, improves the baby’s coordination, and increases the baby’s motor
control.
CAUTION: Users should not feel that they need to be a personal trainer to their models
—there is no need to exercise the baby. The following movements merely work to strengthen
his growing muscles and skills.
Belly Exercises: Lay the baby facedown on the oor. Lie on the oor next to him and
engage him verbally. His responses to you will strengthen his neck, back, and
abdominal muscles. He may look up at you, turn his head to look at you, push his body
up to see you, or roll himself over.
Sit-Up Exercises: Performing these “sit-ups” is enjoyable to many models and has the
added bene t of strengthening abdominal and neck muscles, making unassisted sitting
up easier. While sitting down, lay the baby faceup on your lap with his head on your
knees. Keeping his legs straight on your lap, place one hand under each armpit and
bend him at the waist, bringing his upper body into a vertical position. For older babies,
hold his hands and forearms and pull toward you. Repeat.
CAUTION: Until the baby is at least one year old, do not lift him up by the feet or
hands. This could cause a malfunction in his joints.
Stand-Up Exercises: Many models nd this simple move enjoyable, as they can look
directly at your face and play with their legs. It has the added bene t of strengthening
leg and back muscles. Sit with the baby sitting on your thighs facing you. For younger
babies, place both hands under his armpits, raise him to a standing position, and lower
him back down to a sitting position. For older babies, lift from the waist, raise the baby
to a standing position, and lower him down again.
Selecting Toy Accessories
The use of toy accessories may or may not be necessary for one-month-old babies,
but as the baby becomes more sophisticated, toys become vital to mental
stimulation. Select toys that are appropriate for the baby’s age; refer to the
manufacturer’s guidelines. The baby’s limited comprehension of danger makes it
important to avoid toys with sharp edges or loose or small parts. Opt for a
stimulating toy; the best accessories will engage two or more of the baby’s
primary senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell). Choose a book with furry
pages, or a scented toy.
Toys for Month 1
Black and White Mobile: Install a mobile with black and white shapes above the crib,
just out of reach (about 12 to 15 inches [30–38 cm] above the crib mattress). During
early weeks of life, the baby will respond more positively to black and white shapes
than to colorful shapes.
Music Player: Use a radio, portable media player, digital audio player, or music box to
introduce the baby to music. Studies suggest that higher, calmer, and more melodic
music, such as lullabies, will be most appreciated by the baby.
Stu ed Animals: Babies frequently mistake these toys as living, breathing companions
(particularly if the stu ed animal has wide eyes). This is a technical glitch that usually
disappears within seven to twelve years.
Toys for Months 2 to 6
CAUTION: Be sure the toy is safe. All models will begin to place objects in their
mouths. Make sure all toys are solidly built, securely sewn, and do not have any loose, small
parts. Inspect all toys regularly to ensure they meet these standards.
Activity Pads: Sold as an accessory at many baby-supply stores, activity pads are oor
pads with multiple colors, patterns, and overhanging toys that help the baby learn how
to swat at and eventually reach the things that interest him.
Books: Select books that the baby can explore with all of his senses. Board books, cloth
books, and foam books are all useful tools for getting the baby interested in reading. Let
him play with these books as he will, whether he chooses to look at them, feel them, or
gnaw on them.
Instruments: Many babies enjoy playing and listening to music. Small drums or bells
(without sharp edges) can tune the baby’s audio sensors.
Mobiles: At six months, the baby has the ability to see colors and to process complex
shapes. To help develop his visual sense, choose a hanging or moving mobile with
unusual shapes and bright colors. Replace the black and white mobile with a colorful
one over the baby’s crib or in an area under which the baby can lie down.
Rattles, Squeaky Toys, and Balls: As the baby develops the ability to grab and
manipulate objects, give him small handheld toys to enhance these skills. Toys that
make sounds will teach the baby the principles of cause and effect.
Unbreakable Plastic Mirror: Place one next to the changing table or attach one rmly
to the side of the crib to provide a few minutes of daily entertainment and selfawareness.
EXPERT TIP: Some of the best (and least expensive) baby toys are everyday
household objects such as spoons or coasters. These objects may be familiar to you, but they
are new and exciting to the baby. Select objects that are too large to t in the baby’s mouth,
and are free of loose parts, sharp edges, or strangulation hazards.
Toys for Months 7 to 12
Balls: The baby may still enjoy tasting toys, so make sure the balls are too large to t in
his mouth (and too hard to bite a piece out of). As the baby approaches 12 months, he
may begin to roll or even throw a ball back to you.
Bath Toys: Rubber objects that oat, hold water, squirt, and/or stick to the side of the
tub may entertain the baby during cleaning.
Blocks: Wooden and plastic blocks will help the baby learn to place and stack objects.
Many models prefer knocking over stacks of blocks to stacking them. This is normal
functioning.
Puppetry and Stu ed Animals: Entertain the baby by putting on shows or making his
inanimate friends dance and sing.
Pull Toys: These toys often perform in some way when the string is pulled. Playing with
these toys will teach the baby basic cause and e ect. Always supervise the baby when he
is playing with any toy featuring a pull string. He may swallow the string or pull tab.
Walkers: Once the baby is strong enough to pull up on furniture and take a few
supported steps, many users purchase a walker. These wheeled items can be used by the
baby for support while taking his rst few steps. Walkers can be wagons, wheeled
chairs, or anything the baby can hold onto and use to propel himself across the oor.
Saucer walkers, however, are not recommended.
Programming the Baby’s Feeding Schedule
There are no de nitive guidelines for how much food the baby should consume.
Every model is unique and has speci c needs. However, extensive studies indicate
that most newborns eat two to three ounces (59–88 mL) per feeding, every three
to four hours. These habits may uctuate based on health, activity, growth
spurts, and even outdoor weather conditions. As the baby ages, she will require
fewer feedings.
Gauging the Baby’s Feeding, Month 1
To ensure a proper feeding schedule for your model, be aware of the following
three gauges.
Weight Gain: After her
rst week—during which the baby may lose up to one-tenth of
her birth weight—a newborn will generally gain up to one ounce (28 g) per day. If the
baby’s weight follows this schedule, you can assume the baby is receiving enough food.
Note how much weight the baby has gained at the next visit to the baby’s service
provider. If the baby’s weight follows, or closely meets, this schedule, she is most likely
receiving the right amount of food.
Physical Cues: The baby’s built-in “rooting” re ex (see this page) can help you gauge
appetite. If the baby is hungry, she may activate the rooting re ex—her mouth may
open and she may appear to be searching for food.
Diapers: Most well-fed babies will have six to eight wet or soiled diapers every day.
Gauging the Baby’s Feeding, Months 2 Through 6
During each model’s second through sixth months, breast milk or formula is
consumed on a more reliable schedule. By the fourth month, she may be ready to
consume simple solid foods such as rice cereal, though many users do not stop
breastfeeding at this time. There are no de nitive guidelines for how much food
the baby should or should not consume. Most models will eat eight times a day,
and less frequently with age. If you are concerned about her intake, focus on the
following three gauges.
Weight Gain: During this period, the baby will gain about one half to one ounce (14–28
g) per day. Note how much weight the baby has gained at the next visit to the baby’s
service provider. If the baby’s weight follows, or closely meets, this schedule, she is most
likely receiving the right amount of food.
Physical Cues: The baby’s rooting re ex will evolve into a more purposeful search for
food. The baby may attempt to latch onto your arm or suck on her ngers to indicate
she is hungry. As a result, it will be easier to tell when the baby is hungry. During this
period, the baby will probably cue the user for food every three to four hours.
Diapers: Monitor the baby’s diapers to determine if all food has been properly
processed. As you introduce the baby to solid foods, the waste will thicken and will
adopt the color of the food.
Gauging the Baby’s Feeding, Months 7 Through 12
During the seventh to twelfth months, the baby will begin to demand food on a
regular schedule. Though the baby’s primary diet will be breast milk or formula,
begin supplementing the diet with a variety of solid foods: pureed fruits,
vegetables, and eventually finger foods, meats, and other proteins.
By the seventh month, users should have a clear sense of how much food the
baby requires. If you are concerned about her intake, focus on the following
three gauges.
Weight Gain: The baby will gain approximately half an ounce (14 g) per day. This
indicates normal functioning and food consumption.
Physical Cues: By this point, the baby’s physical cues—crying, gumming objects, and
attempting to “eat” her hands—should be very familiar and obvious. Also, the baby’s
desire for food may begin to coincide with your own personal meal times (though the
baby will require additional snacks in between).
Diapers: As you continue introducing the baby to solid foods, her waste will thicken and
will resemble the color of her food. Soiled diapers will continue to be a good indication
that the food consumption process is working properly.
EXPERT TIP: In general, the baby will consume approximately six to eight ounces
(177–236 mL) of milk four to six times per day, in addition to any solid foods.
Demand Feeding versus Flexible-Scheduled Feeding
Most users employ one or both of the following techniques to determine if their
model requires nourishment.
Demand Feeding: All models come pre-equipped with physical cues to indicate that
additional food is necessary. These cues may include (but are not limited to) crying,
rooting, and gnawing on hands. Users who employ “demand feeding” o er food upon
receiving one of these cues.
Flexible-Scheduled Feeding: Preferred among users with babies older than three
months, exible-scheduled feeding involves o ering food every two to four hours (with
adjustments based on the baby’s sleeping habits, growth conditions, and health). This
allows the user to establish a daily routine.
Breastfeeding the Baby
The breasts of the male parent are not compatible with the baby’s food intake
system. If you are the male parent, we recommend that you read this information
very carefully and then transfer this section of the manual to the female parent
for her review.
The Basics of Breastfeeding
The baby comes pre-loaded with the instincts and skills to begin breastfeeding
almost immediately. The baby owner, on the other hand, requires additional
training. Familiarize yourself with the following terms.
Colostrum: Breasts produce a thick, orange-yellow uid during the baby’s
Colostrum is rich in antibodies, proteins, and protective essentials.
rst days.
Foremilk and Hind Milk: Breasts usually transfer two di erent kinds of milk during a
single feeding. First, the baby receives foremilk—a thin, watery liquid that satis es the
baby’s hydration needs. This is followed by hind milk, which is richer, thicker, and vital
to the baby’s health and growth.
Let-Down Re ex: When the baby begins to feed, the let-down re ex may activate
automatically within the nursing mother. Her body releases hormones that stimulate
milk production and release milk from her nipples. Be aware that some mothers never
experience the let-down reflex—this is normal.
Engorged Breasts: The mother’s breasts may ll in advance to accommodate a feeding
schedule, causing a potentially uncomfortable engorgement. The user may relieve the
pressure of engorged breasts by feeding the baby, applying a warm or cold compress, or
using a breast pump.
EXPERT TIP: If you use a breast pump to relieve engorgement, do not express more
than an ounce (29 mL) at a time. The more milk your body expresses, the more it will
produce.
Essential Breastfeeding Accessories
The following accessories may serve to make breastfeeding easier. All are readily
available at your local retailer.
Breastfeeding Pillows: These specially designed pillows fit around
the mother’s body and help support the baby during feeding.
Slings: Some users find that over-the-shoulder carry slings (this page)
provide useful support during breastfeeding.
Comfortable Chairs or Rockers: Chairs that match the mother’s
body type and sitting style can increase comfort during feeding.
Many users enjoy adding an ottoman.
Nursing Shirts and Bras: Nursing shirts with overlapping slits rather
than buttons can make accessing breasts easier. Nursing bras can also
provide easy access, as well as dryness protection after feeding.
Purchase bras after milk comes in, as breast size will change.
Breast Pumps and Supplies (optional): A breast pump is a manual
or electromechanical device that extracts milk from the user’s breasts.
The pump enables the female parent to take a break from constant
feeding—and provide the male parent with a chance to feed the baby.
This accessory is rather expensive; you may opt to rent one from the
baby’s service provider or a local hospital. It should be used in
conjunction with storage bottles and bags and with delivery bottles
and nipples.
How to Eat a Good Nursing Diet
The contents of breast milk vary depending on what kinds of food the mother
consumes. To give the baby the bene ts of a healthy diet—and to guarantee peak
performance—follow these guidelines.
[1] Adjust your calorie intake. Users are advised to increase their daily intake by 300 to
500 calories. Ask the baby’s service provider if this is necessary for you and your model.
[2] Eat a well-balanced diet. This includes (but is not limited to) several servings of
whole grains, cereals, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products daily, as well as plenty of
protein, calcium, and iron.
[3] Avoid tobacco, ca eine, and alcohol. Research suggests that smoking tobacco while
breastfeeding has a direct correlation to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (see this page).
Ca eine is acceptable in moderation, but plan accordingly—consume ca eine only after
breastfeeding so the ca eine can pass through your system prior to the next feeding.
Similar planning is necessary for alcohol consumption—but it is recommend that you
avoid beer, wine, and cocktails altogether.
[4] Some users may want to exercise discretion with spicy foods. Milk that is tainted
with avors such as curry, garlic, or ginger will make some models unhappy; others will
not notice. Be mindful of when you eat these foods, and note your model’s response.
[5] Avoid gassy foods if the baby suffers from colic (see this page).
[6] Consult the baby’s service provider about vitamins, medications, and supplements.
Many users continue taking pre-natal vitamins while breastfeeding. Always check with
the baby’s service provider before taking any supplements or prescription medications.
[7] Drink a minimum of 64 ounces (1.9 L) of water per day.
[8] Avoid weight-loss diets.
CAUTION: If you elect to begin a weight-loss diet, consult a service provider to ensure
the baby will receive the proper nutrition. Avoid diet pills and plan on losing only one pound
per week, balancing a healthy diet with exercise. Wait at least six weeks after the baby’s birth
before attempting to lose weight. Be aware that most female users will not return to their prebaby mass until 10 to 12 months after delivery. Also be aware that the act of breastfeeding
burns about 300 calories a day.
[9] Watch for allergy symptoms. If the baby exhibits symptoms such as gas, diarrhea,
rash, or general fussiness, he may have a dairy allergy. Eliminate dairy products from
your diet for two weeks and see if the baby’s condition improves. If it does, present
these findings to the baby’s service provider.
Breastfeeding Positions
The user may choose to breastfeed the baby in any number of positions. Listed
below are three of the most common. Advanced users may modify these positions
into a variation that feels most comfortable.
EXPERT TIP: Many users undress themselves and the baby before breastfeeding.
Increasing the amount of skin-to-skin contact may stimulate both the feeding response and the
production of milk.
Cradle Hold
This general “all-purpose” hold is one of the easiest positions for beginning users to
maintain (Fig. A).
[1] Sit in a comfortable seat. Use pillows to support your arms, back, and the baby’s
weight. Place feet on a footstool, if desired.
[2] Cradle the baby with the head near the breast you wish to use.
[3] Turn the baby so he faces you. Your breast will face the baby’s face.
[4] Tuck in the baby’s arms to decrease his mobility.
[5] Prompt the baby to latch on (see this page).
The Football Hold
This hold is often used by mothers recovering from cesarean section, because it prevents
the baby from resting on the incision. It can be used with any model, regardless of mode
of delivery (Fig. B).
[1] Sit in a comfortable seat. Wedge pillows under your arm and place your feet on a
footstool.
[2] Slide one arm under the baby’s body, back, and head, so that his feet are between
your side and arm. If you are feeding from the left breast, use the left arm. If you are
feeding from the right breast, use the right arm. Support the baby’s head and neck with
your arm.
[3] Turn the baby’s body to face your own.
[4] Tuck the baby’s torso snugly under your armpit.
[5] Encourage the baby to latch on (see this page).
Lying Down
This position is most frequently used at night. It is also bene cial if the mother is feeling
tired (Fig. C).
[1] Lie down. If you wish to use your left breast, lie on your left side. If you wish to use
your right breast, lie on your right.
[2] Place one pillow behind your body, another under your head, and one between your
knees.
[3] Place the baby next to your breast. His body should face your body, and his face
should be level with your breast.
[4] Place a pillow on the back side of the baby to keep him snug against your body.
[5] Prompt the baby to latch on (see this page).
Breastfeeding in Public
Breastfeeding in public is acceptable in most venues. Use the following techniques to
make the practice more comfortable (Fig. D).
[1] Find a quiet, comfortable location. If you are outside, nd an unpopulated area,
preferably with a bench or seat. If you are in a restaurant or department store, ask the
hostess or a sales clerk if there is a private area or office available.
[2] Use the cradle or football hold. Spread a blanket over the baby and your shoulder.
This blanket functions as a tent, covering the baby’s head and your exposed breast. The
blanket should not be too heavy or too close to the baby’s face.
[3] Begin feeding (see this page).
[4] Burp the baby (see this page) with the blanket covering your breast and the baby’s
body.
[5] When you are ready to switch breasts, move the blanket.
Latching On
A proper latch is essential for good breastfeeding. A weak latch between your
model and your breast will lead to ine cient, frustrating, and often painful
breastfeeding.
[1] Face the baby toward the breast. This will give the baby a clear view of his food
source. The baby’s body should be straight from head to toe.
[2] Activate the baby’s rooting re ex. Stroke the baby’s cheek with a nger; the baby
should turn in the direction of the stimulus, his mouth port open and ready to accept
food (Fig. A).
[3] Raise the baby’s head and body toward the breast. Always bring the baby toward
the breast; never bring the breast toward the baby.
[4] Seal the baby’s mouth around the nipple and areola. A proper latch will form a tight
seal between the baby and breast (Fig. B). The baby’s bottom lip should be folded
outward. If he only has the nipple and/or part of the areola, the latch may be painful
for the mother (and not as satisfying for the baby).
[5] Once he has latched on, move the baby’s entire body toward your own. Depending
on your position, add additional pillows for increased support (Fig. C).
[6] Feeding should begin automatically. As the baby feeds, the ears will move, and you
will hear him swallowing.
[7] To break the latch, insert one nger into the baby’s mouth to break the suction, and
remove the breast. If the mother wishes to switch breasts, or if the latch was not good,
repeat steps 1 through 6.
EXPERT TIP: Never touch the back of the baby’s head during feeding. This activates a
pulling-back re ex that can cause damage to the breast. Hold the baby by the back of the
neck, under his ears, so your hand functions as the baby’s neck support.
Alternating Breasts and Proper Feeding Frequency
Ideally, the baby should spend equal time on both breasts during the day—but
the exact amount of time on each breast will vary from model to model and from
feeding to feeding. Many factors (including growth spurts, frequency, and feeding
philosophy) can in uence the duration of the feeding. In general, however, we
recommend the following guidelines.
EXPERT TIP: If you don’t produce enough milk for the baby, try to increase the
frequency of the feedings. The more stimulation the breasts receive, the more milk they will
produce. Consult with the baby’s service provider before supplementing breast milk with
formula.
[1] Beg in every feeding with the last breast used during the previous feeding. Keep
track by a xing a paper clip or safety pin to your bra, or jot a record on a notepad.
This will equalize your milk production; many models spend more time on the rst
breast than the second.
[2] Allow the baby at least 10 to 15 minutes on the rst breast. The majority of the milk
—both foremilk and hind milk—should be expressed during this time. Let the baby nurse
until he pulls off.
[3] Burp the baby (see this page).
[4] Offer the second breast to the baby and allow him to nurse as long as desired.
[5] Burp the baby (see this page).
[6] If necessary, install a clean diaper.
[7] Note which breast was used last (see step 1).
EXPERT TIP: Often, a newborn baby will fall asleep during, or right after, a rstbreast feeding. To rouse the baby and continue feeding, try reinstalling the diaper or stroking
the baby’s feet or back.
Bottle Feeding
Feeding a baby using a bottle is a convenient and easy technique for many users.
Users who breastfeed can express the milk, which then can be served to the baby
by people other than the mother. Users who do not breastfeed can feed the baby
formula from this convenient receptacle. Always choose a shatter-resistant
bottle, preferably one that slants near the nipple. This prevents excess air
bubbles from collecting near the nipple.
Cleaning Bottles
To protect the baby from contamination, thoroughly wash the feeding equipment
daily for the rst six months. When you have had the baby for six months, use
soap and water daily and sterilize weekly. Sterilize all equipment, including
feeding bottles, nipples, storage bottles, and caps.
[1] Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
[2] Empty and wash all feeding equipment. Use soap, warm water, and a brush. Clean
each piece thoroughly and rinse.
[3] Place all supplies in a large pot filled with water.
[4] Boil the water and the supplies for a minimum of ten minutes. Leave the pot
uncovered to prevent the supplies from melting.
[5] Remove the pot from the heat.
[6] Remove the supplies, drain, and allow to air dry.
Storing Breast Milk
[1] Pump the breast milk. Use your breast pump, or express the milk manually into a
sterile container, such as a bottle. It is recommended that users stockpile the amount of
a full feeding (two to four ounces [59 to 118 mL]) plus a few partial feedings (one to
two ounces [29 to 59 mL]).
[2] Seal the container tightly.
[3] Mark the container with the date and time.
[4] Place the container in the refrigerator or transfer its contents to a plastic bag and
store in the freezer. Breast milk can remain in the refrigerator for ve days—and can be
frozen at any point during the ve days. Breast milk can remain in the freezer for two
to four months.
CAUTION: Any breast milk that is thawed after being frozen should be used within 24
hours. Discard any unused milk.
Warming Stored Breast Milk
[1] If milk was stored in the freezer, thaw it by holding the container under warm (not
hot) water, or allow the container to thaw in the refrigerator. Transfer the liquid to a
bottle.
[2] Place the bottle in a bowl of warm water until the milk is lukewarm.
CAUTION: Do not use a microwave oven to heat breast milk. Microwaves heat liquids
unevenly and eliminate valuable enzymes from breast milk.
[3] Attach a nipple to the bottle.
[4] Gently roll the bottle from side to side. Sometimes, the milk’s fat content will
separate during warming, and this will mix it back into the liquid. Do not shake the
bottle.
[5] Test the temperature of the milk. Shake a few drops of milk onto the underside of
your wrist. The milk should be body temperature or cooler. If the milk is too warm, let it
cool in the refrigerator.
[6] Serve (see this page). Discard any unfinished milk.
Formula-Feeding the Baby
There are numerous brands and varieties of formula. The majority of these
brands are cow’s milk–based formulas, processed to make the milk compatible
with the baby. Other formulas can be soy-milk based.
Selecting Formula
Most commercial formulas are available in the following formats. Select a format that
works best for your lifestyle.
($$$) Single-Servings: Pre-mixed and packaged in four- and eightounce (118 and 236 mL) bottles, these containers are ready upon
warming and installation of a sterilized nipple. This is the most
convenient and most expensive option.
($$) Liquid Formulas: Available in cans, liquid formula is poured into
a sterilized bottle and warmed before serving. This option is
moderately convenient and reasonably priced.
($) Mixable Formulas: Available in cans or single-serving packets,
mixable formula is a highly concentrated powder (or liquid) that is
mixed with sterilized water. The powdered version can be measured
into an empty bottle and stored without spoiling until the user adds
water, making this option convenient for travel. This requires more
effort than other formulas, but it is the most affordable.
Warming Mixable Formula
Mix formula as needed. Do not prepare formula in advance of feedings.
[1] Heat a small amount of water in a clean saucepan until it boils. Follow the
instructions on the formula package to determine how much water you need. Some users
will use presterilized water, which is available from retailers of baby accessories. This
water does not need to be boiled.
[2] Wash your hands thoroughly.
[3] Let the water cool until it is slightly above body temperature.
[4] Pour the required amount of water into the bottle.
[5] Add the formula.
[6] Attach the nipple.
[7] Shake the bottle to mix, keeping one
there are no lumps.
nger (or a cap) over the nipple. Shake until
[8] Test the temperature of the formula. Shake a few drops onto the underside of your
wrist. The formula should be body temperature or cooler. If it is too warm, place it in a
refrigerator to cool. If you are using pre-sterilized water, set the bottle in a warm water
bath to bring it to a lukewarm temperature.
Preparing Formula on the Go
If you are feeding mixable formula to the baby, always keep a bottle and a few packets
of formula in the diaper bag. Most restaurants and co ee shops can provide you with
the water you will need.
[1] Ask a server or coffee shop worker for a cup of warm water.
[2] Add the formula and the water to the bottle. Shake vigorously, covering the nipple
with one finger or a cap. Be sure there are no lumps in the mixture or in the nipple.
[3] Add some ice chips or cold water to cool the formula to lukewarm.
[4] Test the temperature. Shake a few drops onto the underside of your wrist. The
formula should be body temperature or cooler. If it is too hot, add more ice chips.
[5] Serve (see below).
Bottle-Feeding the Baby
Bottle feedings can take place anywhere, anytime. The user can be sitting
comfortably or even standing. Always hold the baby upright; lying down
increases the baby’s risk of choking or getting an ear infection.
[1] Immediately before feeding, hold the bottle nipple under warm water to bring it to
body temperature (Fig. A).
[2] Cradle the baby (see this page). Hold the baby’s head slightly above her body (Fig.
B).
[3] Activate the baby’s rooting re ex. Stroke the baby’s cheek with a nger; the baby
should turn in the direction of the stimulus, her mouth port open and ready to accept
food (Fig. C).
[4] Place the nipple inside the baby’s mouth. Aim the nipple so that it touches the roof
of the baby’s mouth. The baby’s lips should point out rather than fold in (Fig. D).
EXPERT TIP: Try inserting the nipple one lip at a time. Gently push the baby’s top lip
upward as you insert the nipple. Push down and out on the baby’s bottom lip as you let the
nipple settle in her mouth.
[5] Hold the bottle upright. The milk or formula should completely ll the bulbous
region of the bottle. Never prop the bottle so the baby can feed herself. This could lead
to injury and/or malfunction.
CAUTION: Avoid letting air ll the bulbous region of the nipple. This can cause gas and
discomfort.
[6] Remove the bottle after ve to ten minutes, or when empty. Roughly two to three
ounces should have been consumed (Fig. E).
[7] Burp the baby (see this page) (Fig. F).
[8] Resume feeding until the baby consumes a total of several ounces (approximately
100 mL), or appears to be full (Fig. G).
Burping the Baby
Whenever the baby eats, he will swallow air. This air may lead to false feelings
of fullness, uncomfortable gas, or the urge to spit up. The user can prevent these
consequences by regularly burping the baby. During the rst few months of
operation, burp the baby in the middle and at the end of each feeding. After
approximately four months, burp the baby periodically during feedings,
particularly after two or three ounces have been consumed from a bottle, or
when switching breasts.
EXPERT TIP: Some babies might have trouble eating after an interruption. If your
model experiences such difficulties, wait until the end of the feeding to burp him.
Use either one of these techniques to burp the baby.
The Shoulder Burp (Fig. A)
[1] Drape a burp cloth or towel over one shoulder.
[2] Hold the baby using the shoulder hold (see this page).
[3] Rub the baby’s back. Make small circles near his shoulder blades. If this does not
activate the baby’s burping feature, proceed to the next step.
[4] Gently pat the baby’s back from his bottom to his shoulder blades.
[5] Repeat steps 3 and 4 for ve minutes. If you do not produce a burp in this time,
proceed with feeding (or cleanup). The baby should function normally.
The Sit Up Burp (Fig. B)
[1] Drape a burp cloth or towel over one hand and sit in a chair.
[2] Sit the baby on your lap, facing away from you. Place your free hand on his back.
Place the hand with the burp cloth on his chest, supporting the baby’s head and neck
with your fingers. Lean the baby forward.
[3] Rub the baby’s back. Make small circles near his shoulder blades. If this does not
activate the baby’s burping feature, proceed to the next step.
[4] Pat the baby’s back. Gently pat from his bottom toward his shoulders.
[5] Repeat steps 3 and 4 for ve minutes. If you do not produce a burp in this time,
proceed with feeding (or cleanup). The baby should function normally.
Eliminating Middle of the Night Feedings
The baby will require middle of the night feedings until she is at least nine to
twelve months old. By one year, these feedings may be more due to habit than
physical necessity. Phase out night feedings in the following way.
[1] Reduce the amount of food administered by small increments. If you are feeding
from a bottle, prepare seven ounces (207 mL) the rst night, six ounces (177 mL) the
second, and so on. If you are breastfeeding, reduce the time the baby feeds by one
minute each night.
[2] Observe the baby’s daytime eating habits. Most models will make up for the lost
night feeding by eating more during waking hours. Eventually she will no longer require
any night feedings.
Introducing the Baby to Solid Food
When the baby is sitting up on his own, chewing or biting on objects, and has
doubled his birth weight, he may be ready to consume solid food. This usually
occurs between the baby’s fourth and sixth month. Contact the baby’s service
provider before introducing the baby to solid food.
Essential Solid-Food Feeding Equipment
The transition from breast milk or formula to solid foods requires the following
new equipment.
Small Baby Spoons: These spoons are made of shatterproof plastic. They are small
enough to be compatible with the baby’s small mouth port and soft enough not to hurt
the baby’s gums. Two to three of these should be enough.
Baby Bowls: Bowls made especially for the baby are made of shatterproof plastic and
hold only a small amount of food.
Bibs: These small pieces of cloth can be tied around the baby’s neck to minimize the
amount of spit-up or smeared food that gets on the baby’s clothing. They are available
for purchase at baby supply stores.
Highchair: This accessory will limit the mobility and movement of the baby during
feeding. Many di erent versions are available; most will come with a tray feature upon
which food can be placed. Opt for a highchair with sturdy construction.
CAUTION: Do not feed the baby in a highchair until the baby can sit up unassisted.
Never leave a baby unattended in a highchair.
Feeding the Baby Solid Food
An ideal rst solid food for the baby is rice cereal, an instant cereal designed
especially for babies. Initial meals of solid food should be considered practice
feedings, and do not count toward that day’s total number of feedings. Give the
baby one solid-food meal per day, but continue with the normal breastfeeding or
formula routine.
[1] Prepare the cereal. Mix one tablespoon (15 mL) cereal with three tablespoons (45
mL) breast milk, water, or prepared formula in a bowl or cup. Keep mixing until there
are no lumps. The food should have a runny consistency. It can be served cold or warm.
[2] Seat the baby on your lap or in a supportive highchair.
[3] Place a bib on the baby.
[4] Fill half a baby-sized spoon with rice cereal and insert it into the mouth. The baby
may push it out with his tongue. This is normal, since all models move their tongues
forward and back while sucking. With practice, the baby will discover how to keep the
food in his mouth to swallow it.
[5] Repeat step 4 with a new spoonful of cereal or with food expelled from the baby’s
mouth until the cereal is finished or the baby appears to be full.
[6] Be patient. The baby is learning a complicated new skill—one that is very di erent
from sucking. Consult with the baby’s service provider about the best time to introduce
pureed fruits or vegetables, either fresh or jarred, and any chunky foods.
Preparing the Baby for Self-Feeding
The baby comes pre-installed with a pincer grasp that enables the baby to
automatically feed himself. This grasp requires at least 12 months to become fully
functional. Practice self-feeding exercises with the baby to prepare him for this
independence.
[1] Place a spill mat under the baby’s highchair.
[2] Tie a bib around the baby’s neck so it lays flat on the baby’s chest.
EXPERT TIP: Some users undress the baby before a feeding and forgo a bib. The
baby is then washed after the meal.
[3] Set out three food choices. Providing too many choices will confuse the baby. Opt
for bite-sized foods—dry cereals, small crackers, and the like—or cut larger foods into
small pieces. If the foods have di erent textures and varying avors, you will allow the
baby to discover his personal preferences.
[4] Set out baby-sized utensils. The baby will not be able to use these tools at
he will benefit from becoming familiar with them.
rst, but
[5] Allow the baby to experiment with the foods. Let him reach for them and try to pick
them up. He may not realize they are meant to be placed in his mouth, but most models
will ultimately taste any object placed before them.
[6] Lead by example. Show the baby how to eat by picking up a piece of the food
yourself. Put it in your mouth, chew it, and swallow it.
[7] Be patient. Do not get frustrated if the baby progresses slowly. This is a very slow
process.
[8] Praise the baby’s accomplishments. Clap and cheer when the baby picks up a piece
of food or places it in his mouth. He may try it again in order to elicit your enthusiastic
response.
CAUTION: Never force the baby to eat. If you o er food and he refuses, try again in a
few minutes. Forcing food may cause the baby to view eating as negative.
EXPERT TIP: An indispensable product for any new user is a no-spill cup. This item
has a lid and spout out of which liquid cannot escape without suction, so a dropped cup will
not spill. Most models will not drink from a no-spill cup until approximately one year of age.
Some models are simply not compatible with these cups. The use of no-spill cups will save the
user from much worry and cleanup. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for utilizing one.
Six Foods to Avoid
As the baby consumes more solid foods, he should not be exposed to any of the
following substances, which can cause a potentially dangerous allergic reaction.
Honey: This sweet substance can cause a toxin to develop in the baby’s intestines. Do
not feed the baby honey until at least two years after delivery.
Peanuts and/or Peanut-Derived Products: Peanuts and other peanut products,
including peanut butter and peanut oil, can cause the baby to experience a severe
allergic reaction. Do not feed the baby any of these products for at least three years
after delivery.
Citrus Fruits or Juices: The acid in citrus is too strong for the baby’s delicate digestive
system. Some models can experience allergic reactions or upset stomachs. Discuss with
the baby’s service provider the appropriate time to introduce citrus.
Caffeine: Substances containing ca eine or related compounds, such as chocolate, tea,
coffee, or soda, will interfere with the baby’s absorption of calcium.
Egg Whites: These can be di cult for the baby to digest. Avoid egg whites until the
baby’s service provider recommends them.
Cow’s Milk: Whole cow’s milk can cause an allergic reaction in the baby. Stay away
from cow’s milk until the baby is at least one year old.
Weaning the Baby
Weaning is the process by which a baby permanently switches from
breastfeeding to bottle-feeding or drinking from a cup. Do not begin the weaning
process during the rst six months, which service providers see as the most
important time to breastfeed. When the user or baby is ready to wean, take the
following steps.
[1] Introduce a cup or bottle of breast milk or formula as an alternate source of food at
feeding times.
[2] If the baby has di culty adjusting to the new source of food, try feeding her in a
different location, or change the lighting and music. Create a different mood for the new
feedings.
[3] Gradually diminish the number of daily breastfeedings. Eliminate one breastfeeding
from the baby’s daily routine every two weeks, replacing it with a bottle or solid meal.
Consult the baby’s service provider to ensure the baby is receiving an adequate supply
of nutrients.
[4] When you are down to one breastfeeding session per day, do it before bedtime.
[5] Shorten the bedtime feeding by a few minutes every night.
EXPERT TIP: Your baby may try to wean herself. Many models automatically detect
when the time is right, sometimes after approximately nine months. If your model shows signs
of weaning before nine months, ensure that there are no other problems interfering with
feeding. It may be that the baby is distracted or uncomfortable, not that she is ready to be
weaned. Consult the baby’s service provider to eliminate any health concerns. Many models
will refuse to breastfeed after six months, but this is often just a temporary strike—the baby
will usually resume breastfeeding after a few days.
Configuring the Baby’s Sleeping Space
The sleeping area is the most important space of the baby’s room, and it requires
careful con guration. Some users con gure their own bedrooms to accommodate
the baby.
Wherever the baby sleeps, always position him on his back. This has been
shown to greatly reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (see this
page). After approximately four months, the baby will naturally begin to sleep on
his side or belly.
CAUTION: When the baby enters sleep mode, remove all pillows, heavy quilts, and
stu ed animals from the sleeping space. If slept upon or under, these objects could interfere
with the baby’s oxygen supply and might result in severe malfunction.
Bassinet (Fig. A)
A bassinet is a portable bed designed for the rst few months after delivery.
Bassinets can be purchased at baby-accessory stores or constructed out of babysafe padding and a solid dresser drawer that has been removed from the dresser.
Many users nd a bassinet appealing for its portability; the baby and bassinet
can be within arm’s reach for convenient night feedings.
The ideal bassinet has a rm, well- tted mattress, with no more than one inch
(2.5 cm) of space between the mattress and the sides. Look for solid construction
and a sturdy stand that can withstand an accidental bump.
Crib (Fig. B)
A good crib should accommodate the baby until he is old enough to sleep in his
own bed. According to current regulations, the ideal crib has strong slats spaced
no more than 2⅜ inches (6 cm) apart. The top rail should be at least 26 inches
(66 cm) above the lowest point of the mattress. Traditional drop-rail cribs are no
longer legally manufactured, sold, or resold by legitimate dealers. All mattress
supports and hardware should be sturdy and durable. There should be no more
than one inch (2.5 cm) between the mattress and the sides of the crib. Check that
your crib meets these and any updated regulations, especially if the crib is a
family heirloom.
Crib bumpers can be installed to prevent the baby from banging his head on
the slats. If you install crib bumpers, the ties should be short, rmly knotted, and
facing the outside of the crib.
CAUTION: Once the baby becomes mobile (usually seven to nine months), remove all
crib bumpers, or they may be used as footholds if the baby tries to climb out of his crib.
Your Bed (Fig. C)
Many users opt to sleep with the baby in their bed. This is acceptable if you have
a rm mattress; soft mattresses have been linked to Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (see this page). Before placing the baby in your bed, clear any pillows,
heavy quilts, and large blankets from the sleeping area. Provide a light blanket
for the baby. The safest con guration has the baby between both parents, who
function as guard rails. A body pillow is not a substitute for a second parent; the
bed must be clear of such bedding.
CAUTION: Do not let the baby fall asleep on a pillow. This could interfere with the
baby’s oxygen supply and cause severe malfunction.
Understanding Sleep Mode
Newborns do not contain an internal clock feature that can distinguish between
day and night. Because of their near-constant need for food, most models will
sleep in two- or four-hour intervals, often preventing the user from getting much
sleep.
These characteristics are not defects of the manufacturer, and they can be
overcome with proper maintenance. As a general rule, a newborn baby will
require at least 16 hours of sleep every day—but this number uctuates greatly
from model to model. The baby’s sleep schedule can be in uenced by hunger,
growth spurts, and disturbances from within the environment (televisions,
electrical storms, etc.).
During the second to sixth months, the baby will need less sleep than required
during the rst month. By the end of the third month, some models will sleep for
six hours straight, sometimes during the night. Other models will not start to
sleep for long periods during the night until after one year. The baby’s ability to
sleep longer might be in uenced by where the baby sleeps and what method you
use to put the baby to sleep. At this stage in life, all models require a total of 14
to 15 hours of sleep every day.
By seven to twelve months of age, the baby should sleep for long,
uninterrupted periods of the night. This evolution continues to occur because the
baby needs to eat less frequently and has maturing sleep cycles. As during the
second- to sixth-month stage, the duration of the baby’s sleep cycle might be
in uenced by where the baby sleeps and what method you use to put the baby to
sleep. The baby will still require 13 to 15 hours of sleep every day.
Understanding Sleep Cycles
During the baby’s rst few months, sleep cycles follow a distinct pattern. First,
the baby will experience Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, then non-REM sleep.
After a few months, the baby’s sleep system will reverse, and non-REM will
precede REM. Familiarize yourself with these cycles so you can understand the
baby’s sleep patterns.
REM Sleep: As the baby enters sleep mode, she will begin in the REM phase. This is a
very light sleep phase. The baby’s hands, face, and feet may twitch. She may appear
startled. These are all indications that her sleep mode is functioning correctly.
Non-REM Sleep: This sleep pattern involves three separate cycles.
Light sleep: Indications include no eye movement, and a “light” feeling when you lift
the baby’s limbs.
Deep sleep: Signs include deep, slow breathing and a “heavier” feeling of the body and
limbs. The baby should feel almost completely relaxed.
Very deep sleep: Signs include an extremely “heavy” feeling of the body and limbs. The
baby may not react if you try to wake her.
Advanced Application: The Sleep Cycle Test
If you have rocked the baby to sleep and want to determine if she can be set down
without waking, perform the following tests.
[1] Take one of the baby’s arms between your thumb and forefinger.
[2] Gently raise the arm two inches.
[3] Let go.
If the baby’s arm falls to her side and she does not stir, deep or very deep sleep mode
has been activated, and the baby can be set down without incident. If she stirs, REM or
light sleep mode has been activated, and moving the baby may rouse her.
Using a Sleep Chart
Sleep charts can be used to track, alter, and reprogram the baby’s sleeping
schedule. The sample chart on the next page shows a typical one-week sleeping
pattern. It is recommended that you make copies of the blank chart found in the
appendix (see this page) to track your model’s habits for the first few months.
[1] When the baby enters sleep mode, mark the start time. It is recommended that the
user take this time to sleep as well.
[2] When the baby exits sleep mode, mark the end time.
[3] Fill the space between the two lines with pencil or ink.
This chart allows you to study the baby’s sleep habits over one week. Use multiple charts
to study his sleeping habits over the course of months. Note if the baby enters sleep
mode at the same (or nearly the same) times every day. If the baby’s sleep deviates from
the established pattern, note any unusual circumstances.
Activating Sleep Mode
The baby might come pre-programmed with cues that indicate he is readying to
enter sleep mode. These include rubbing his eyes or pulling at his ears. If you see
these signs, quickly work to activate sleep mode. If you do not, the baby may
become overstimulated (see this page) and sleep mode may be delayed
indefinitely.
There are two general techniques for activating the baby’s sleep mode: UserActivated and Unit-Activated.
User-Activated Sleep Mode
User-Activated Sleep Mode consists of constant stimulation during the day and
less activity at night. This approach requires more e ort than either version of
Unit-Activated Sleep Mode.
[1] Tend to and stimulate the baby throughout the day. Wear the baby in a carrier
frequently. Play, sing, and dance with the baby.
[2] Set dependable bedtimes, and keep to the schedule.
[3] Relax the baby before bed. Feed, bathe, rock, or read to the baby.
[4] Condition the baby to sleep using any of the following techniques:
Feed the baby to sleep. By allowing the baby to fall asleep after a meal, the baby will
begin to recognize feedings as precursors to sleep.
Have the non-breastfeeding user put the baby to sleep. The baby’s ability to smell the
mother’s milk may trigger the baby to expect food rather than sleep.
Cuddle and rock the baby to sleep. The baby may feel safer in your arms than alone in
his crib. Softly cuddle until the baby falls asleep.
[5] Use any of the following techniques to keep the baby asleep at night:
Go to the baby at the rst sign of waking. Your presence may be comfort enough for
the baby to fall back asleep.
Swaddle the baby (see this page). The added security may help him fall back asleep.
Place the baby in a mechanical, rocking cradle. The regular motion may help him fall
back asleep.
Change the baby’s sleeping position. He may have been uncomfortable; a new position
may encourage him to fall back asleep.
Keep one hand on the baby until he falls asleep to provide added warmth and comfort.
Feed the baby back to sleep. The milk and the act of feeding may relax the baby,
preparing him for sleep.
Unit-Activated Sleep Mode (Version 1.0)
This variation allows for slightly more parental interaction during the night.
Begin this process no earlier than the baby’s fourth or fth month. Ensure that
the baby’s diaper is dry, he is not hungry, and that he is in good health.
[1] Establish a calming bedtime routine to signal to the baby that bedtime is near. It
may include a bath, storytelling, or singing.
[2] Bring the baby into his room and lay him in his crib properly.
[3] Tuck him in and say, “Good night.”
[4] Turn on the nightlight and turn off the main lights.
[5] Leave the room and close the door. If the baby cries, wait one to ve minutes before
returning. Many models will soothe themselves to sleep and self-activate sleep mode in
that time. If not, proceed to the next step.
[6] Return to the room. Do not pick up the baby. Do not feed him. Comfort him
verbally. After a minute, leave.
[7] Repeat steps 5 and 6 but add one to ve minutes to the waiting period each time.
Eventually, the baby will soothe himself to sleep.
[8] The next night, wait an initial one to ve minutes before returning to the baby’s
room. On the following night, wait an initial ve to ten minutes. Continue adding ve
minutes to the initial waiting period. Within three to seven days, the baby should learn
to self-activate sleep mode.
Unit-Activated Sleep Mode (Version 2.0)
This method teaches the baby to self-activate sleep mode independently. Once
your unit learns to self-activate sleep mode, he may use this programming more
e ectively during nighttime wakings. Begin this process no earlier than the
baby’s fourth month. Ensure that the baby’s diaper is dry, he is not hungry, and
he is in good health.
[1] Establish a calming bedtime routine to signal to the baby that bedtime is near. It
may include a bath, storytelling, singing, and/or rocking.
[2] Bring the baby into his room and lay him in his crib properly.
[3] Tuck him in and say, “Good night.”
[4] Turn on the nightlight and turn off the main lights.
[5] Leave the room and close the door; leave a baby monitor turned on so you can hear
him. Do not return until morning. The baby might cry for extended periods of time. As
long as you have placed him in a properly con gured sleeping space, he will be safe.
Eventually, he will fall asleep. Over the course of several nights, he will learn that
crying does not cause you to enter the room.
Programming a Day Sleeper into a Night Sleeper
Because there is no internal setting on the baby for distinguishing day from
night, your model might sleep more during the day than the evening. But with
persistence and the following guidelines, any model can be re-programmed from
a day sleeper into a night sleeper.
[1] Establish de nitive day and night moods. During the day, open the shades, turn on
the lights, and make the house active with music and movement. During the night, close
the shades, turn the lights down or o , and make the house quiet and calm. The baby
will prefer being awake during the day and will adjust his internal settings
automatically.
[2] If you must change or redress the baby during the night, do it quickly and quietly.
Speak to the baby as little as possible.
[3] If the baby is sleeping for a long period of time in the late afternoon or early
evening, change the schedule manually. Wake him for a feeding. Keep him entertained
and awake. He will naturally move this longer sleep period to the nighttime.
Using Sleep Mode Outside the Sleep Space
Use the following guidelines to activate sleep mode when the baby is in a stroller
or automobile.
Stroller
[1] Provide warmth. Make sure the baby is dressed appropriately for the weather. Add
a blanket if it is cold outside.
[2] Darken the baby’s environment. Raise the sun shield, if available. Drape a blanket
across the front of the stroller. If the baby cries in response, pull back the blanket on
one side.
[3] Navigate the stroller through quiet neighborhoods.
[4] Monitor the baby periodically to see if she has entered sleep mode.
[5] Continue walking or return home. If you return home, take the stroller inside and
allow the baby to continue napping there.
Automobile
[1] Strap the baby securely in her car seat.
[2] Pull any baby sunshades down or hang towels from the side windows to block the
sun. A sunshade can be purchased at baby-supply stores and a xed to windows with a
suction cup.
CAUTION: Do not block the driver’s view of the road with towels or sunshades.
[3] Choose your route carefully. Try to drive in a direction that does not expose the
baby’s eyes to direct sunlight.
[4] Play quiet music.
[5] Observe the baby. Some models are soothed by smooth roads, while others prefer
bumpy terrain. Adjust your route accordingly.
Middle of the Night Waking
The baby may awaken in the middle of the night for any number of reasons. All
models are pre-programmed with di erent cries for each problem; the user must
learn to interpret the cries (see this page).
Hunger, wet diapers, and a change in daily schedule are all common reasons
for waking in the middle of the night. Rule out these causes rst. If you still have
difficulty discerning why the baby is awake, consider these possibilities.
Growth Spurt Waking: Most models experience growth spurts (a sudden increase in
body mass) at the ages of 10 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. During
these spurts, the baby may be restless at night, and his appetite may increase, especially
during the night. These spurts, which can last up to 72 hours, are an essential part of the
baby’s growth, and there is little the user can do to change them. Feed the baby as
necessary, then re-activate sleep mode.
Milestone Waking: Milestone waking usually occurs after the baby has learned a new
skill such as sitting up, crawling, or walking. The baby may wake several times a night
and want to practice his new abilities.
Health Waking: Symptoms of illness (fever, congestion, and cough) will interfere with
the baby’s sleep cycle. Other healthy developments, such as teething, can also disrupt
the baby’s sleep. These are glitches in the baby’s functioning that cannot be reset by the
user—provide comfort and treat the health issue as best you can. Consult the baby’s
service provider about administering a one-night dose of antihistamine to put the baby
into sleep mode.
Transitional Objects
There are objects that may aid the baby in self-comforting and self-activating
sleep mode. Referred to as transitional objects, they can act as surrogate parents
in times of stress and will provide comfort for the baby. Transitional objects
usually take the form of blankets or small stu ed animals. Many users give the
objects names.
CAUTION: Transitional objects may be su ocation hazards to young babies, and should
not be introduced until your model has full control of his rolling-over feature.
[1] Introduce several transitional objects to the baby during the day.
[2] At night, put all of the objects in the baby’s crib. The baby will nd one or two
objects more desirable than the others; he may sleep closer to one, or will grab at one
when you lift him from the crib.
[3] Once the favored transitional object has been identi ed, present it to the baby
during bedtime preparation. He will begin to associate the object with bedtime. The
object will signal to the baby that it is time to ready himself for being alone.
EXPERT TIP: If you use paci ers to soothe the baby, consider spreading several (up
to ve) throughout the crib. If the baby awakens in the middle of the night, he may glimpse a
pacifier, reach for it, and soothe himself back to sleep.
[4] Hold the object with the baby during feedings. Allow the object to absorb your
scent. Some users place a small amount of breast milk on it.
[5] Once the baby has bonded with a transitional object, purchase one or two back-up
models.
[6] Allow the baby to take the object with him during the day. His attachment to the
object will deepen, strengthening the baby’s sense of security.
Dealing with Overstimulation
If the baby stays awake past the time when he is tired enough to activate sleep
mode, he runs the risk of becoming overstimulated. It is di cult for an
overstimulated baby to fall asleep. Try the following techniques to activate sleep
mode.
[1] Avoid overstimulation in the rst place. Encourage the baby to enter sleep mode
whenever he exhibits signs of fatigue.
[2] If the baby has become overstimulated, do not work to entertain him. Do not
introduce toys, rattles, or other forms of stimulation.
[3] Cradle the baby (see this page). Put a light blanket over him and your shoulder to
darken the baby’s environment.
[4] Let motion calm the baby. Put him in the stroller for a ride around the block, or put
him in the car seat for a drive around the neighborhood (see this page). Spend 15
minutes with him in a rocking chair.
[5] If all else fails, let him cry. Place the baby in a safe location and wait several
minutes. The crying may help release excess energy, and the baby may enter sleep mode
automatically.
Sleeping Malfunctions
If the baby wakes consistently in the middle of the night and you cannot nd the
source of the disturbance, the baby might be experiencing a sleep malfunction.
However, such malfunctions are rare; consult with the baby’s service provider for
diagnosis and additional information.
Sleep Apnea: This physiological condition will temporarily constrict the baby’s airway
during sleep. The baby has a built-in system that will waken her so normal breathing
can resume. Symptoms include snoring or noisy breathing during sleep, coughing or
choking during sleep, sweating during sleep, and a confused or frightened waking
during sleep. The baby might also indicate signs of sleep deprivation (see below).
EXPERT TIP: If the baby is having di culty breathing while asleep, wake her by
stroking a finger across the bottom of her foot. Never shake a baby to stimulate breathing.
Sleep Deprivation: If the baby is waking frequently during the night, she may be sleep
deprived. Symptoms include general crankiness and irritability and excessively long
naps in cars and strollers during the day. If you believe the baby is sleep deprived,
develop a more regular sleep schedule. If this fails, consult the baby’s service provider.
Understanding and Installing Diapers
During the baby’s rst year of life, you will need to reinstall diapers numerous
times a day. Although many users nd this process tedious, the bene ts far
outweigh the inconvenience. The frequent reinstallation of diapers is the most
e ective way to prevent diaper rash, which can irritate and damage the baby’s
skin (see this page).
Establishing and Configuring the Diaper Station
Before installing a diaper, it is important to have all the necessary materials on
hand. Experienced users keep these materials in a central household location
that is generally referred to as a changing station.
Changing Table: The surface of the changing table should stand a few inches above
your waist. Some users purchase this accessory from a manufacturer. Others place a
foam changing cushion on a low dresser, a low bookcase, or an ordinary table. Either
approach is acceptable—but consider using a table that features storage areas for the
supplies listed below.
Diapers: Expect to install at least 300 diapers during the baby’s rst month, and then
plan accordingly. A well-stocked changing station will have at least 12 extra diapers on
hand.
Waste Receptacle: Place a medium-sized trash container (with lid) within reach of the
changing station. Soiled diapers may be stored there until they are ready to be cleaned
or discarded. The receptacle should be lined with a plastic bag and emptied frequently
to minimize odor.
EXPERT TIP: If you wash the baby’s cloth diapers, do not clean them with any other
articles of clothing. Soak the diapers in a hot water cycle in a washing machine, and run the
rinse cycle twice. Use baby-safe soap instead of detergents with harsh chemicals. Dryer sheets
can also contain harsh chemicals and should be avoided.
Washing Supplies: A small bowl of warm water and/or half a dozen washcloths or
cotton rounds should be adequate. Baby wipes are popular with many users, but they
should be avoided during the baby’s rst month; most wipes contain alcohol, which will
dehydrate the baby’s skin. After the rst month, baby wipes can be used for times when
the baby is free of diaper rash.
Barrier Creams, Lotions, and Ointments: These products treat, soothe, and condition
the baby’s skin. Purchase as needed, and store them near the changing station. Talcum
powder is no longer recommended by most service providers to dry a ected areas. If the
baby inhales large amounts of talcum powder, respiratory problems can result. If you
use talc, apply it to your hands—not the baby—and gently rub the baby.
Extra Baby Clothes: Babies are unpredictable and may release their waste during the
changing process. This waste may appear in the form of a gushing spray or an explosive
projectile. Take precautions—keep an extra set of baby clothes nearby.
Mobile or Toy: These simple props can be used to entertain the baby during a diaper
reinstallation.
Diaper Bag: The diaper bag should accompany you and the baby on any journey
outside the home. It should include a towel or portable changing pad, diapers, extra pins
(if you are using cloth diapers), cotton rounds, washcloths or wipes, a Thermos of warm
water, barrier cream, a spare set of clothes, and a small toy or two. Replenish its
contents regularly.
Blow Dryer (optional): A blow dryer with a no-heat setting can be used to hasten
drying of the baby’s bottom.
Cloth versus Disposable Diapers
Today’s baby owners must choose between cloth diapers (which can be washed
and re-used) and disposable diapers (which are used once and then discarded).
This decision will have little to no effect on the operation and performance of the
baby. Base your decision on your own needs and circumstances, and consider the
following benefits:
CLOTH DIAPERS
feel softer against the baby’s skin
are more affordable than disposable diapers
do not waste space in landfills
DISPOSABLE DIAPERS
absorb more of the baby’s waste
can be installed more quickly than cloth diapers
do not waste water and detergents
are easily portable
Installing a Diaper
If the baby has an unpleasant odor or begins crying for no apparent reason, her
diaper may need to be reinstalled. With practice, the user will begin to ascertain
a diaper’s status simply by touching it and feeling for additional weight.
Alternatively, a nger can be gently inserted to check for wetness. Be sure to
have all of the necessary tools assembled before removing the soiled diaper.
CAUTION: Never leave the baby unattended on a changing table.
[1] Lay the baby on the changing table and unfasten the diaper.
[2] Peel away the front of the diaper and assess its contents (Fig. A). If the diaper is
only wet, proceed to step 6.
[3] Raise the baby’s legs to keep them clean. Grasp both feet with one hand and gently
lift them above the baby’s stomach.
[4] Using a clean edge of the soiled diaper, wipe the feces from the baby’s skin (Fig. B).
With males, wipe from back to front. With females, wipe from front to back. (This will
minimize the risk of vaginal infection.)
EXPERT TIP: Any person reinstalling a diaper risks being sprayed by liquid waste.
Placing a washcloth over the baby’s penis or vagina will minimize this risk.
[5] Remove the soiled diaper (Fig. C).
[6] Clean the area with a cotton round or washcloth dipped in warm water. Rinse and
clean the cloth with every pass (Fig. D).
[7] Dry the area by fanning or dabbing with a cotton cloth (Fig. E). A hair dryer set on
no heat can speed the process along, but some models may be startled by the noise.
[8] To install a disposable diaper, open the diaper completely and lay it underneath the
baby, with the fastening tabs at the rear. Center the baby over the diaper. Stretch the
front over the baby’s genitals and secure each fastener (Fig. F). Proceed to step 10.
[9] To install a cloth diaper, fold the diaper into a triangle. Lay the baby in the center.
Lift up the bottom point. Fold over one side and hold in place as you fold over the other
side. Fasten with a covered safety pin.
[10] The diaper should t snugly—but not tightly—around the baby’s waist. Make sure
you can insert one or two fingers between the diaper and the belly.
CAUTION: If the baby still has her umbilical stump, fold down the front of the diaper
about one to two inches before fastening. Do not diaper over the umbilical stump.
Understanding and Treating Diaper Rash
This in ammatory condition can a ect any area of the baby that makes contact
with a diaper—typically, the buttocks, genitals, lower abdomen, and thighs. The
most common variation is contact diaper rash, which appears as redness and/or
small bumps. Contact diaper rash usually occurs if the baby has spent long
periods of time in a wet diaper (moisture makes the skin more susceptible to
chafing).
The best treatment for contact diaper rash is preventive. Replace wet diapers
often, especially during waking hours, and immediately after a bowel movement.
Minimize the baby’s contact with waste materials. When treated with the
methods described below, the rash should fade within three to ve days. If the
rash persists, contact the baby’s service provider.
[1] Before installing a new diaper, use a washcloth with warm water to clean your
model’s genitals and buttocks. The alcohol and lotions in some wipes may aggravate the
rash.
[2] Use gentle patting motions when cleaning the area. Excessive wiping can aggravate
the rash.
[3] Allow the baby to air dry, or use a hair dryer set on no heat to speed the process. Do
not pat dry. Do not install a new diaper if the baby is wet.
[4] If the rash persists, apply a mild ointment to the a ected area. Applying barrier
cream over the ointment will keep moisture out of the area and prevent the ointment
from rubbing off on the diaper.
[5] If the in amed area has blisters, the baby might have a bacterial rash. Contact the
baby’s service provider.
[6] If the in amed area is surrounded by red dots, the baby might have a yeast
infection. Contact the baby’s service provider.
Tracking the Baby’s Waste Function
It is not unusual to develop a keen interest in the baby’s waste function. Many
owners employ the use of charts to record their model’s waste function. This
information may be bene cial to the baby’s service provider, particularly if the
baby ever suffers from diarrhea or constipation.
Bladder Function
Babies vary from model to model, but nearly all will urinate four to fteen times
daily. If the baby wets fewer than four diapers a day, he might be ill or
dehydrated. Contact the baby’s service provider.
When tracking the baby’s bladder function, count each wet diaper as one
bladder function, even if it appears the baby urinated two or three times in the
same diaper. Place a hash mark (I) in the appropriate box.
The sample chart on the following page shows a typical one-week bladder
function pattern. Copy the blank chart in the appendix (see this page) to chart
the baby’s bladder function.
EXPERT TIP: Many disposable diapers are so absorbent it is di cult to tell if they are
wet. Placing a small strip of cotton gauze in the diaper can help you determine if a diaper is
actually wet.
Bowel Function
The three main characteristics of the baby’s bowel function are frequency, color,
and consistency. A healthy baby might exhibit some variation in the following
examples.
Frequency: The baby can pass as many as eight stools per day and as few as one in
three days. Breastfed babies usually pass more stools than formula-fed babies because
breast milk has a laxative effect.
Color: During her rst week, the baby will pass meconium, which is digested amniotic
uid. This greenish-black substance comes pre-installed in the baby’s intestines and must
be expelled before normal digestion can begin. After the rst week, the baby’s bowel
waste will become greener and will eventually turn mustard yellow (for breastfeeding
babies) or tan (for babies feeding on formula). Once the baby begins to eat solid foods,
the color of the bowel waste will vary depending on the meal.
Consistency: Meconium tends to be thick and tar-like. A breastfed baby will have
slightly runny waste with seed-like pieces throughout. A baby feeding on formula will
have slightly stiffer waste, with a consistency like soft butter.
The sample chart on the preceding page shows a typical one-week bowel function
pattern. Copy the blank chart in the appendix (see this page) to chart the baby’s bladder
function.
Cleaning the Baby
To guarantee quality performance, each model should be cleaned after every two
or three days of use. If the baby still has her umbilical stump, it is recommended
that you clean the baby using a sponge bath. Once the stump has detached, you
can advance to a basin wash. When the baby is big enough, baths in the bathtub
are warranted.
Before cleaning the baby, make sure the following items are nearby (Fig. A):
dry towels
fresh clothing
new diaper
washcloths or clean sponges
small cups or bowls
hair comb (optional)
shampoo (optional)
EXPERT TIP: To ensure the baby’s comfort, we recommend that you temporarily raise
the temperature of your house to 74 degrees (23°C) during bathtime.
“Sponge” Bath (Fig. B)
[1] Prepare two bowls of lukewarm water—one with soap, one without. Use a soap
prepared especially for babies.
[2] Position the baby on a towel on a flat surface, or on your lap.
[3] Remove the baby’s clothes. If your model does not mind being undressed, remove all
of her clothes but keep her lower half wrapped in a dry towel. Otherwise, expose each
part of the body in turn.
[4] Dip a cloth or sponge in soapy water and apply to the baby. Wash one section at a
time.
[5] Dip a washcloth in the non-soapy water. Rinse the baby with short, gentle strokes.
[6] Clean the baby’s face. Dip a washcloth in the non-soapy water and pat the baby’s
face with it. Work from the center out using short, gentle strokes. Wash behind the
baby’s ears and under any folds in her neck.
CAUTION:
Do not wash the umbilical stump.
Avoid wetting a circumcised penis until it has healed.
Do not wash inside the vulva.
[7] Wash the baby’s hair (see this page).
[8] Wrap the clean baby in a towel and pat dry.
[9] If the baby’s umbilical stump is still present, do not wet or clean the area. Check for
proper healing. You might want to swab around it with rubbing alcohol. This decreases
the risk of infection (see this page).
[10] Re-install a diaper (see this page) and dress the baby (see this page).
Basin Bath (Fig. C)
[1] Obtain a small tub, basin, or sink, and line it with a pad or towel.
CAUTION: Never leave the baby unattended in a basin. The baby can drown in as little
as one to two inches (2.5–5 cm) of water.
[2] Fill the basin two or three inches (5–7 cm) deep with warm water. Use a
thermometer to check the temperature—it should be between 85 and 95 degrees
Fahrenheit (29–35°C). If you do not have a thermometer, dip your elbow in the water to
gauge the comfort level. If the water is too hot for you, it is too hot for the baby. Adjust
and recheck the temperature as necessary.
[3] Undress the baby.
[4] Place the baby in the bath. Use your hand to support the baby’s head, neck, and
shoulders above water.
EXPERT TIP: Wet an extra washcloth and lay it across the baby’s chest. Pour water
on it during the bath. This will keep the baby warm while you wash other parts of her body.
[5] Wash the baby. Apply baby-safe soap to a washcloth and clean the baby with it.
Continue to support the baby’s head, neck, and shoulders with one hand as you wash
her with the other.
[6] Clean the baby’s hair (see this page).
[7] Rinse the baby. Use a small cup
away any soapy residue.
lled with lukewarm water from the faucet to rinse
CAUTION: If the home water heater malfunctions, water from a faucet may be scalding
hot. Never place the baby in the basin before adding water. Always test water before setting
the baby into the basin.
Bathtub Bath
By the sixth month, most models will have outgrown their bath basins and will
be ready for a standard adult-sized bathtub. The baby’s increased mobility will
require slight adjustments to the routine. During this period users should
continue to wash the baby two to three times a week.
CAUTION: Never leave the baby unattended in a bathtub. The baby can drown in as little
as one to two inches (2.5–5 cm) of water.
[1] Install a rubber bathmat in the bathtub to prevent slipping (Fig. A).
[2] Cover the faucet and handles. Use small towels or custom-designed covers from a
retail supply store. These covers prevent the baby from turning on the water or
accidentally banging her head (Fig. C).
[3] Fill the bathtub with warm water.
[4] Check the water level. Whether you are going in the bath with the baby or kneeling
beside the tub, the water level must be below the baby’s waist—about two to three
inches (5–7 cm) high (Fig. B).
[5] Turn o the hot water rst, ensuring the faucet is tight. This prevents burns from a
dripping or leaky faucet.
[6] Check the water temperature. The temperature should be between 85 and 95
degrees Fahrenheit (29–35°C). Check it with a thermometer or dip your elbow into the
water to gauge the comfort level.
EXPERT TIP: To prevent accidental scalding, be sure the thermostat on the water
heater is set below 120 degrees Fahrenheit (44 °C).
[7] Adjust the water temperature if necessary.
EXPERT TIP: If the baby seems reluctant to bathe, you might want to join her in the
tub. If you are alone, set the baby on the oor mat beside the tub as you get in, then lift her in
with you. Reverse when getting out. If you are aided by another user, have your partner hand
you the baby once you’re settled in the tub. Hand the baby out to the other user before getting
out of the bath. Never get in or out of the tub while holding the baby, as a fall could result in
injury, leading to malfunction.
[8] While kneeling, gently sit the baby in the water (Fig. D).
[9] Let the baby spend time playing in the tub before washing. Initially, the baby may
be reluctant to enter the tub. Make bathing fun by playing games with squirting,
floating, or other bath toys. (Fig. E)
[10] Wash the baby. (See this page.)
CAUTION: Babies—particularly girl models—are susceptible to urinary tract infections
if they sit for extended periods in a tub of soapy or shampoo- lled water. Always save washing
for the end of the bath.
Cleaning Hair
Even if your model did not come pre-equipped with hair, it is important to wash
her head every three to ve days. This minimizes the risk of cradle cap (see this
page). Use a shampoo designed especially for babies.
[1] Moisten the hair or head with fresh, warm water.
[2] Work a very small amount of shampoo (about the size of a pencil eraser) into a
light lather on the baby’s head. Be particularly gentle as you pass the fontanels (see this
page).
[3] Lean the baby back and rinse. Use a small cup to pour fresh, lukewarm water over
the hair. Avoid spilling shampoo into the baby’s eyes and ears.
[4] Pat dry with a towel.
Cleaning Ears, Nose, and Nails
Most models will resist additional cleaning after bathing, drying, and dressing.
Consequently, many users save these procedures for a later time.
Ears: To clean the ears, use an infant-sized cotton swab to swab away excess wax or dirt
on the outside of the ear. Water in or on the baby’s ear is not a concern or related to
inner ear infection.
CAUTION: It is not necessary to clean places you cannot see. Placing cotton swabs (or
anything else) inside the ear canal or nasal cavity may lead to malfunction.
Nose: Use an infant-sized cotton swab—wet with a dab of water, which will soften
mucus—to clean inside the baby’s nostrils.
Nails: Scissors designed for infants will make this task easier. Cut ngernails as you
would your own. Cut toenails straight across. Consider ling rather than cutting
fingernails if the baby offers resistance.
EXPERT TIP: If the baby resists having her nails cut, cut them when the baby is
asleep. This minimizes the risk of injury.
Cleaning and Brushing the Baby’s Teeth
Most models’ gums will sprout teeth between the fourth and twelfth months.
There is no built-in self-cleaning function on the baby; it is the user’s
responsibility to care for these teeth.
Initially, the user needs only a soft cloth to clean the teeth. As the teeth grow
larger and more numerous—when the baby is 10 to 12 months old—users can
purchase a toothbrush. Special brushes designed for babies are on the market.
Alternatively, users can opt for a standard toothbrush with a small head and soft
bristles. Allow the baby to play with it and chew on it before attempting to brush
his teeth. This familiarizes the baby with the brush and may help to relieve the
pain of teething.
Cleaning
Perform the following cleaning procedure on every tooth twice a day.
[1] Moisten a clean, soft cloth or piece of gauze with warm water.
[2] Pinch an inch of cloth between your thumb and forefinger.
[3] Gently cover the teeth with the cloth. Lower it to the gum line and gently pinch.
[4] Wipe the teeth as you remove the cloth.
[5] Repeat twice for all teeth.
Brushing
Before making the switch from cloth to toothbrush, check with the baby’s service
provider to ensure that the time is right.
[1] Moisten the bristles with warm water.
[2] Apply half a pea-sized amount of children’s uoride toothpaste to the brush. Most
adult toothpaste is not recommended for children under the age of 36 months.
[3] Sit the baby on your lap, facing you, or hold her in front of a mirror.
[4] Place the brush in her mouth and rub the bristles against the teeth. Use light,
circular motions. Brushing too hard may damage the baby’s gums.
[5] Give the baby a sip of water to rinse her mouth.
CAUTION: Always clean the baby’s teeth before activating sleep mode. Deposits of milk
left on the teeth can lead to tooth decay.
Shortening the Baby’s Hair
During the rst year, some users shorten the baby’s hair. The rst time you
shorten the hair, it may not grow back immediately. Do not be alarmed; the baby
is not malfunctioning. As the baby ages, hair grows back on a regular basis.
[1] Gather your supplies. You will need an assistant, a towel, a spray bottle with water,
baby-safe scissors, and a toy (or similar distraction) (Fig. A).
[2] Sit the baby on the assistant’s lap with the baby facing you. Cover the baby from the
neck down with a towel (Fig. B).
[3] Dampen the baby’s hair. Cover the baby’s eyes with your hand, then spray a
mist of water on his head using the spray bottle.
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[4] Distract the baby from the scissors, or he might attempt to grab them, making the
cutting process both di cult and dangerous. The assistant should distract the baby with
a mirror, balloon, puppetry, or another form of entertainment. Turning a television on
may captivate the baby, making him more inclined to sit still.
[5] Hold a section of hair between your index and fore ngers and snip with the
scissors.
[6] Repeat until all strands are at the desired length.
EXPERT TIP: If the baby o ers resistance, you may not be able to nish the task at
that time, so trim the longest, most problematic hair first.
Dressing the Baby
The use of certain accessories called clothing will protect the baby from direct
sunlight, moisture, scratches, dust, and other common hazards. More important,
clothing helps the baby regulate her inner thermostat. These accessories may be
purchased at any number of specialty retailers.
It is important to avoid dressing the baby too warmly, which may put her at
risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (see this page). It is recommended that
you keep the house at a temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20°C), and that
you dress the baby in one more layer than is comfortable for you. (If you feel
comfortable in an undershirt, dress the baby in an undershirt and a light buttondown shirt.) A blanket counts as an additional layer.
[1] Choose daytime clothing that is easy to remove. Opt for wide-neck openings,
stretchy fabrics, loose sleeves, and snaps. Nighttime clothing should be ame retardant
and fit more snugly.
[2] Clear a bed or changing station for the baby to lie on. If you have not reinstalled
the baby’s diaper in the past hour, check to see if it requires changing (see this page).
[3] The baby may resist being changed. Consider distracting her. Soothing music,
mobiles, and puppetry are recommended.
[4] Stretch out neck openings before tting them over the baby’s head. The baby’s head
may be larger than most neck openings, requiring manual stretching of the clothing.
This is not a defect in the baby’s design and does not re ect poorly on the current (or
future) physical appearance of the model.
[5] Reach through the wrist-end of a sleeve, take the baby’s forearm, and gently guide
the sleeve over the arm. Repeat with the other arm, and perform similarly for any pants
or leg openings.
[6] When closing a zipper, lift the garment away from the body to avoid making
contact with the baby’s skin.
Protecting the Baby from Heat and Cold
The baby should never be kept for long periods in extreme heat or cold. When
transporting a baby outdoors, take the following steps to protect him from the
natural elements.
Avoiding Extreme Heat
The best way to avoid overheating is to avoid direct sunlight and overdressing.
Dress the baby in the following items to maximize cooling and minimize the
amount of direct sun the baby receives.
Tightly Woven, Loose-Fitting Cotton Clothing in Light Colors: Tight weaves prevent
sunlight from passing through the fabric. Loose- tting cotton garments help the baby
regulate her inner thermostat. Light colors help deflect sunlight.
Long-Sleeved Shirts and Long-Legged Pants: Guarding the baby’s skin against direct
sunlight will help to maintain a lower body temperature. Cover exposed surfaces.
Socks: The skin on feet is particularly susceptible to sunburn, and if the baby is in a
stroller, often the feet are more exposed than the rest of the body. Cover them with
cotton socks.
Brimmed Hat: This will protect his head, face, and ears.
Sunglasses: These will protect his eyes, which are most sensitive during the rst year.
Straps that hold sunglasses in place are available commercially. Fit the straps snugly so
they do not present a strangulation hazard.
CAUTION: Sunscreen should not be used on babies before six months of age, unless
proper dress and protection are not available. The chemicals may react with or be absorbed by
the baby’s more delicate skin. Once the baby is six months old, a small amount should be
used whenever the baby is in the sun. Make sure the Sunburn Protection Factor (SPF) rating is
15 or greater and that the lotion is PABA free.
Avoiding Extreme Cold
The baby should wear one more layer than the user nds comfortable. When
bringing the baby into the cold, dress him in the following items:
Warm Hat: This prevents heat from escaping through the head.
Booties and Mittens: These cover the baby’s extremities and help keep the baby’s core
warm.
Winter Coat: This outer layer protects the baby from frozen or unfrozen precipitation.
Blanket: Depending on the severity of the weather, bundling the baby in a blanket can
provide additional warmth.
EXPERT TIP: If you plan on traveling by automobile, warm up the vehicle before
installing the baby in the car seat. If you will be in the automobile for longer than 15 minutes,
unfasten the baby’s coat and his inner thermostat will self-regulate.
Tracking the Baby’s Motor and Sensory Applications
All models develop di erently. Following you will nd a general guide detailing
what many models accomplish by the age of one month, a crucial time in the
baby’s life. If your model has not reached these milestones by the rst month, she
most likely will shortly. Watch for lack of development (see this page).
Visual Sensors (Sight)
By the end of the rst month, the baby should have the visual ability to see
objects up to 12 inches away. The baby should also be able to “track” objects
from side to side.
The baby will prefer to look at faces instead of objects. Most models will prefer
black and white objects more than colored objects. These are default preferences
and cannot be altered by the user. These settings will naturally change as the
baby matures.
Auditory Sensors (Hearing)
By the end of her rst month, the baby should have fully matured hearing. She
should recognize sounds and turn toward sound in response to familiar voices.
Users wishing to enhance their baby’s auditory sensors can assist by playing
music, talking, or singing. These activities quicken the baby’s programmed rate
of development.
Propulsion Apparatus (Movement)
By the end of the rst month, all models should recognize that they have arms,
legs, hands, and feet. The baby should be able to clench her hands into sts and
bring them to her mouth. She will have some, but not full, head and neck
strength. Although the baby can begin to hold her head up, she will still need
external support.
Users wishing to enhance the baby’s propulsion apparatus should try laying
the baby on her belly. This will develop head and neck strength. Playing with the
baby’s arms and legs will help her realize they are part of her.
Olfactory Sensors (Smell)
By the end of the rst month, the baby’s olfactory sensors will recognize her
mother’s scent and the scent of the milk. Users wishing to enhance the baby’s
olfactory sensors should not wear perfume or cologne or use scented soaps during
the baby’s rst few months of life. The use of such products will interfere with
her ability to recognize the user’s scent.
EXPERT TIP: Users should not be concerned if the baby has not reached these
milestones by the end of her rst month. Every model develops at a di erent rate. However,
you should contact the baby’s service provider if the baby does not respond to loud sounds,
does not move her arms and legs often, or does not track objects or blink when a bright light
shines in her eyes.
Testing the Baby’s Reflexes
The baby comes pre-installed at birth with multiple re exes to ensure survival
and to accelerate adaptation to the environment. A re ex is an involuntary
action resulting from the direct transmission of a stimulus to a muscle. Perform a
simple diagnostic test of the baby’s pre-installed reflexes, as outlined below.
Sucking Reflex
This re ex helps the baby secure food (in the form of milk or formula) during the
rst few weeks of life. It usually evolves into purposeful and deliberate sucking
by the end of the first month.
[1] Put a clean finger, pacifier, or nipple into the baby’s mouth.
[2] The baby should pinch the object between the roof of his mouth and his tongue. He
will also move his tongue back and forth across the object, creating suction.
Rooting Reflex
This re ex helps the baby nd food. It should evolve into a purposeful turn
toward a breast or bottle within the first four months.
[1] Cradle the baby and stroke his cheek. The baby should turn in the direction of the
stimulus, his mouth port open and ready to accept food.
[2] Repeat on the baby’s other cheek.
Moro Reflex
This re ex causes the baby to throw out his arms and legs and retract these limbs
toward his chest. It is triggered by loud noises and/or sudden movements. This
reflex expires within four to six months.
[1] Lay the baby on his back. When he is calm (but not asleep), sneeze or cough
suddenly.
[2] The baby should immediately react,
them.
inging out his arms and legs and retracting
CAUTION: Do not make exceptionally loud, frightening noises to test the Moro re ex.
Simply monitor the baby’s behavior. If a sneeze or cough does not elicit a response, a barking
dog, a knock at the door, a raised voice, or another loud sound might.
Palmar and Plantar Grasp Reflexes
These are tactile re exes that prompt the baby to grip with his ngers (Palmar
grasp) or curl his toes (Plantar grasp). The former evolves to purposeful reaching
within six months. The latter fades after one year.
[1] Stroke your nger across the baby’s open palm. The baby should close (or attempt
to close) his fingers around yours.
[2] Stroke your
his toes.
nger across the baby’s foot. The baby should curl (or attempt to curl)
[3] Repeat with the other hand and foot.
Stepping Reflex
This re ex causes the baby to step down on his own two feet, regardless of
whether his legs can support him. Users will have to lend support. Most models
will even advance toward the user. The stepping re ex will expire after a few
months, and will be replaced by purposeful standing and walking at about one
year.
[1] Grip the baby under his armpits, facing you. Use your ngers to keep his head from
falling backward.
[2] Sit in a chair and lift the baby into a standing position. Place his feet at on your
thighs.
[3] The baby should press down on his feet as if holding his own weight.
Tonic Neck Reflex
This re ex assists the baby in coordinating head and arm movement. It usually
expires by the baby’s sixth month.
[1] Lay the baby on his back.
[2] Gently turn the baby’s head to the right.
[3] The baby’s right arm should extend out from his side. His left arm may bend up
toward his head.
[4] Turn the baby’s head to the left. His left arm should extend while his right arm
bends up.
Defensive Reflexes
These re exes enable the baby to defend himself against real and imaginary
attackers. Defensive re exes will not expire until the baby has more precise
motor control.
[1] Lay the baby on his back.
[2] Hold a toy 12 inches (30 cm) above his head and slowly move it directly toward his
face.
[3] The baby should turn his head to one side or the other.
First-Year Milestones
As the baby matures, she will begin to achieve various milestones—but because
babies vary from model to model, not every baby will reach specific milestones by
specific times.
The milestones listed on the following pages are based on the average among
di erent models. Do not be alarmed if the baby you received does not match
these set averages. There is always a range of performance, and deviations from
average do not re ect favorably or unfavorably on the baby’s abilities. Note that
each milestone is independent of others; some models are early walkers but late
talkers. If you have genuine concerns about the baby’s development, contact the
baby’s service provider.
3rd Month Development Milestones
By the end of the third month, most models will:
recognize the sight and voice of their user(s)
smile in response to seeing or hearing their user(s)
become interested in more complicated visual patterns
become interested in strangers’ faces
develop more head control
sleep in longer blocks of time
develop more advanced coordination
tend to reach toward or grab objects more often
WARNING SIGNS: If any of these statements apply to your model after the rst 90
days, it is recommended that you contact the baby’s service provider.
The baby crosses her eyes.
The baby has trouble “tracking” objects with her eyes.
The baby does not respond to loud sounds or the user’s voice.
The baby does not use (or try to use) her hands.
The baby has trouble supporting her head.
6th Month Development Milestones
By the end of the sixth month, most models will:
be able to focus on small objects
look toward the source of a sound
repeat and babble simple sounds made by the user
eat less often and practice eating solid foods
play alone for long periods of time without crying
gnaw on objects frequently
move more independently and learn to roll over and sit up (with some help)
begin examining the world with their hands
WARNING SIGNS: If any of these statements applies to your model after the
six months, it is recommended that you contact the baby’s service provider.
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The baby does not “babble” back to the user.
The baby does not grasp objects and bring them to her mouth.
The baby still appears to have active Moro and Tonic Neck re exes (see this page
and this page).
9th Month Development Milestones
By the end of the ninth month, most models will:
look for toys that have moved out of sight
become upset when you say good-bye and leave
try to imitate your words by babbling
move more independently, learning to crawl and/or pull up
begin to manipulate and understand how objects work
WARNING SIGNS: If any of these statements applies to your model after the
nine months, it is recommended that you contact the baby’s service provider.
The baby “drags” one side of her body when crawling.
The baby does not “babble” in response to complex tones.
12th Month Development Milestones
By the end of the 12th month, most models will:
look for and find objects as you name them
come find you when you call from another room
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say words (with some clarity) other than “mama” and “dada”
respond when you say “no”
move much more independently than ever, learning to walk and climb
point toward places they want to go
WARNING SIGNS: If any of these statements applies to your model after the
twelve months, it is recommended that you contact the baby’s service provider.
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The baby does not articulate any sounds.
The baby does not imitate any of your gestures.
The baby cannot stand with help.
Determining the Baby’s Percentile
Monitoring the baby’s physical development is aided by calculating her
percentile. This number describes how your model is growing in relation to
national averages of other models of the same age and sex. There are three
variables that are compared using percentiles: weight, height (length), and head
circumference.
For your model to be in the 20th percentile for weight, for example, is to say
that he weighs more than 20 percent of other babies in the country and less than
80 percent of the remaining babies. Note that many models are in di erent
percentiles for different measurements.
[1] Weigh the baby. One way to do this is to weigh yourself, and then weigh yourself
holding the baby. Subtract your weight from the total to determine the baby’s weight.
The service provider will also routinely weigh the baby.
[2] Measure the baby’s height (length). Place a sheet of paper on a at surface and lay
the baby on top of it. Mark the paper at the top of her head. Straighten the baby’s legs
and mark the paper at the base of her feet. Place both marks the same distance from the
edge of the paper to ensure that the measurement is accurate. Measure the distance
between the two marks to determine the baby’s height.
[3] Measure the circumference of the baby’s head. Wrap a exible measuring tape
around the largest part of the baby’s head, just above the ears. Measure the head in the
same place every time.
[4] Chart the measurements. Use the graphs on this page to determine the baby’s
percentile and understand how your model compares to other models in operation.
EXPERT TIP: Do not worry too much about your baby’s percentile. A baby in the 10th
percentile for height can grow up to be quite tall. The most important factors in determining a
baby’s growth pattern are the growth patterns of her parents. People who were small during
infancy and childhood may have similarly small children.
Verbal Communication
By six months, the baby will realize she has a pre-programmed ability to speak in
your language. Talking to the baby will activate this realization. Initially, she
will learn to repeat sounds you make, and will eventually learn to speak herself.
Some users prefer to speak to the baby in their natural diction and vocabulary.
The baby might have di culty repeating some of the sounds, but she will
ultimately learn the correct names of people, places, and things.
Other users choose to speak in “baby talk.” This style of communication makes
it easier for the baby to repeat your sounds. However, it can lead to future
confusion about the correct names of people, places, and things.
It is recommended that users employ a mixture of both techniques. For optimal
results, speak in a higher octave. These higher-pitched tones are easier for the
baby’s auditory sensors to register.
Baby Talk
The baby comes pre-installed with many baby talk expressions, including:
Coo
Goo
Ahhh
When the baby emits one of these sounds, repeat it back to her. This encourages the
baby to make certain sounds, and even teaches the basics of conversation.
Natural Speaking
By six months, some models will begin to make sounds resembling fragments of
adult words—sounds like “da,” “ba,” “ma,” and “ladl-ladl.” To help her expand
these sounds into words, employ the following techniques.
[1] Repeat the sound she has made.
[2] Encourage her to imitate you. Applaud or cheer when she repeats a sound you have
made.
[3] Respond to sounds the baby makes with natural speech. Respond with, “Really? Is
that so?” or “I think you are right.” Smiling and showing enthusiasm will encourage the
baby to continue the conversation.
EXPERT TIP: While interacting with the baby, many users verbally describe their
actions as they perform them. These descriptions can come in the form of statements such as,
“I am giving you a bottle now.” The baby will appreciate the attention, and might learn more
quickly about the uses of language.
The Baby’s Mobility
As the baby’s motor skills increase, he will develop the ability to crawl, pull up,
walk, and even climb. Until he has mastered these skills, it is important to be
watchful and to make sure the baby does not injure himself.
Crawling
At around nine months, the baby will usually start to crawl. You might observe
him crawling backward, favoring one side over the other, tripping over his
hands, or falling when turning. These are normal operations and should not be
viewed as malfunctions. Some models will never crawl. This is not a malfunction
either—many roll or slide across the oor until they walk. All models will
develop some form of pre-walking mobility, however. When the baby practices
crawling, follow these guidelines.
[1] Stay within arm’s reach of the baby until he becomes proficient in crawling.
[2] Stay on the baby’s “weak” side. You might notice the baby favors one side over the
other. If so, the baby is more likely to fall onto his weaker side.
[3] Limit the baby’s crawling to soft surfaces such as carpets, rugs, or grass. If the baby
falls or trips, he will suffer little or no injury.
Pulling Up
Once the baby has mastered crawling, he might begin to pull himself up on
furniture, bookshelves, or the user. Until he has mastered pulling up, take the
following precautions to prevent accidents and injuries.
[1] Set up a soft fall zone. Keep a pillow or soft blanket handy to place at the baby’s
feet when he begins to pull up.
[2] Steady the baby with your hands. When the baby begins to pull up, he will fall in
unpredictable ways until his balance, coordination, and arm strength have matured.
Climbing
The baby does not have to be an accomplished walker to begin climbing.
Crawling and pulling up might eventually lead to climbing stairs, furniture, and
other household objects, on or around 12 months of age.
[1] Stay close. While the baby can manage scaling objects, most models do not come
with the capability to climb down.
[2] Support the baby as he climbs over objects. The baby might not recognize his builtin center of gravity and might fall forward onto his face when halfway over an object.
Support the baby until he recognizes this feature.
[3] Always supervise the baby during stair climbs. A fall on a staircase can be extremely
dangerous for the baby. Keep one hand on him at all times, and watch for backward or
sideways falling.
EXPERT TIP: Teach the baby to go down stairs, chairs, and the like backward.
Manually turn the baby around and help him lower himself. Soon, the baby will develop the
skills to do this on his own, but you will still need to monitor the baby.
Walking
By the time the baby takes his rst steps, at or around 12 months of age, he will
be much more adept at catching himself (after falling forward) or landing on his
bottom (after falling backward). Still, there are protective steps users can take to
help him avoid injury.
[1] Let him walk barefoot. Do not rush to add shoes to the baby’s wardrobe. Walking
barefoot will help him get the feel for walking, and shoes will be awkward at rst. Use
soft, flexible shoes only when the baby walks outside.
[2] Clear a path for the baby. He will most likely be watching his target destination—
you or a favorite toy—rather than his feet.
[3] Beware of sharp or hard furniture edges. These can cause damage to the baby in the
event of a fall.
Dealing with Falls
All models are far more durable than many users realize, and inevitable falls will
not likely injure the baby. Upon witnessing a fall, follow these guidelines.
[1] Do not panic. The baby can sense fear and panic. The calmer you appear, the better
the baby will react to the fall.
[2] Move slowly (if the fall is not severe). If the baby sees a user rushing toward him,
he may become frightened.
[3] Comfort him verbally as you approach. Say, “You are okay and will be back on your
feet in no time.”
[4] Lift the baby if he requires additional consolation.
[5] Inspect the baby for injuries and treat as necessary.
[6] Distract the baby if he continues to cry. A new toy may cause the baby to forget
about the fall.
Coping with Separation Anxiety
Once the baby understands who you are and how much she relies on you, she
might experience anxiety when you leave. This is known as separation anxiety.
This emotion usually appears around the baby’s eighth to tenth month. The
baby might appear extroverted around the user but introverted with strangers.
The baby might cry whenever you are out of sight, even if just for ve minutes.
The baby might also wake and call for you in the middle of the night.
Separation anxiety will typically peak by the 15th month. Until then, practice
the following strategies to help you and the baby manage her new feelings.
[1] Comfort her when she feels anxious.
[2] Ask strangers to speak quietly and to approach the baby slowly.
[3] Introduce a transitional object (see this page).
[4] Introduce new places slowly. If your model su ers from separation anxiety, this
may not be the ideal time to place a baby with a daycare facility. If you must bring the
baby to such a facility, spend the rst few days there with her. Then begin leaving for
short five- or ten-minute intervals. Always say a simple good-bye to build trust.
Coping with Tantrums
As the baby begins to understand his world, he might become frustrated when
trying to communicate what he wants. This frustration often manifests itself in
the form of tantrums.
Tantrums usually appear between the baby’s 10th and 12th months. He may cry
or whine, reach for an object he wants to hold, kick his legs, throw his sts, or
ail his arms. In some models, tantrums have been known to persist for several
years. Use the following techniques to manage early tantrums.
[1] Throughout the rst year, introduce the word “no.” The baby might not understand
this word until he is one year old. Use it infrequently and only in important statements
like, “No, don’t touch. That’s hot!” or “No, don’t eat! That’s a bug!” The power of “no”
will become useful when the baby has tantrums.
[2] Try to explain as much as possible. All models have built-in functions that will begin
to understand your verbal explanation for why he cannot play with a knife or touch a
hot stove. These explanations will help him adjust to his boundaries.
[3] Do not reinforce his behavior by reacting emotionally to crying or whining. This
will teach the baby that his behavior gets a reaction from you. If the baby’s safety is not
at stake, do not respond to the cries or whines at all.
[4] Focus on positive reinforcement. Praise the baby when he behaves in an acceptable
way. Clap and smile when he puts a toy away on his own.
[5] Be patient. Service providers call this a “phase,” and it will pass.
Childproofing the Baby’s Environment
As the baby becomes more mobile, at about nine months of age, she is likely to
begin exploring her surroundings. Ensure that your model remains safe by
childproo ng the home. Some users hire a professional service to do this, but
users can easily perform this task themselves. Once users understand the basic
concepts of childproo ng, they can also childproof other homes or rooms that
the baby and user may visit.
General Childproofing Strategies
[1] Find any objects that could be ingested or choked on and remove them.
[2] Cover electrical outlets and secure electrical cords. Use safety plugs to restrict access
to unused outlets. Use electrical-cord channels to mount dangling lamp cords to the oor
or wall.
[3] Install door stops on interior doors. These devices, found in hardware stores,
prevent doors from opening or closing all the way. This ensures that the baby’s ngers
are never closed in the door and she cannot close herself in a room.
[4] Install locks on the windows. If you have crank-operated windows, remove the
cranks and store them out of reach.
[5] Secure loose or hanging window shade strings up high. These can be a strangulation
hazard.
[6] Install gates across stairways and in the doorways of o -limit rooms. Install
pressure- tted gates only at the bottom of the stairs. Top-of-stair gates should always be
fastened securely to the wall.
[7] Secure bookcases and other furniture that can tip over. If the baby attempts to pull
herself up by holding one of these objects, she could pull the furniture down onto herself
if it is not secure.
[8] Vacuum the oors and carpets frequently. Inhaled dust or dirt can lead to breathing
malfunctions, and dirt transferred from the baby’s hands to her mouth can make her
sick.
[9] Install re-safety devices. Fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors,
and escape ladders should be fully functioning and easily accessible.
[10] Secure heating vents and cold-air returns. Install plastic shields on heating vents to
prevent burns. If the cold-air return is built into the oor, make sure it is sturdy enough
to support the weight of the baby. Replace it if necessary.
EXPERT TIP: If you live in an old building, or have any loose or chipping paint, test
for lead. Remove any chipping paint and all lead-based materials.
[11] Remove or secure any guns in the home. Lock any
ammunition in a separate room.
rearms in a box, and store
Kitchen Strategies
When you are cooking or baking, it is recommended that you keep the baby out
of the kitchen. Take the following precautions for securing the kitchen.
[1] Put all knives, plastic bags, and sharp kitchen utensils in a locked drawer.
[2] Lock away cleaning supplies,
places.
re extinguishers, and other poison threats in high
[3] Secure all appliances. Put a lock on the refrigerator and plastic guards on the stove
knobs. Be sure the dishwasher and/or trash compactor lock operates properly. Unplug
any appliances that are not in use.
[4] Practice safe cooking. Use the back burners
toward the rear of the stove.
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[5] Create a baby-safe drawer or cupboard that the baby is allowed to explore. Fill it
with wooden spoons, small pots and pans, plastic bowls, and other safe items.
Bathroom Strategies
The bathroom is full of hard and potentially slippery surfaces, and the baby
should not be allowed to explore this area alone. For times when the baby joins
users in the bathroom, take the following precautions.
[1] Install a toilet seat lock. Get in the habit of closing the toilet seat and lid. The lock
will secure both to the bowl.
[2] Lock away toiletries. Put all medicines, lotions, toothpastes, and mouthwashes in a
cabinet out of the baby’s reach. Lock the cabinet for added security.
[3] Install ground fault circuit interrupt (GFCI) outlets. These outlets will break the
circuit, cutting off power, if an outlet becomes wet or overloaded.
[4] Keep bathroom appliances unplugged and stored away.
[5] Avoid placing potentially dangerous objects such as razor blades or empty makeup
bottles in the trash can.
[6] Lay a carpet or rug on hard or tiled surfaces.
[7] Make sure the bathtub is safe (see this page).
Bedroom Strategies
[1] If the baby spends a lot of time in the user’s bed, install safety rails to prevent falls.
[2] Secure the area underneath the bed. Remove large boxes that could trap the baby
under the bed. Remove small items that could pose a choking hazard.
Living Room Strategies
[1] Secure the replace. Install grills to restrict the baby’s access. Remove and store any
keys or knobs that operate a gas replace. Store matches for a wood-burning replace
out of the baby’s reach.
[2] Install padding on sharp corners or on the edges of low-lying tables. Consider
trading in a glass, stone, metal, or square table for a circular wooden one.
Dining Room Strategies
[1] Remove tablecloths. If you use one for a dinner or party, remove it immediately
after the event. If the baby tugs on it, items resting atop it can fall onto the baby.
[2] Place all alcoholic beverages in a high, locked cabinet.
Travel Strategies
When you travel, it is important to make the new space safe. Give the baby an extra
level of supervision until you have secured the area.
Assembling a Baby First-Aid Kit
All users should create a rst-aid kit containing tools, patches, and accessories
designed to treat the baby in the event of an emergency. Some users will create
one kit for the home, another for the car, and a portable kit to use while
traveling. The kits should be readily accessible but out of the baby’s reach. It is
recommended that you check the kit monthly to replace any expired medications
or outdated supplies. Purchase a plastic bin for the small items and keep large
items nearby.
The first-aid kit should contain:
Bandages, tape, and pads
Sterile gauze bandages and strips
Cotton balls
Cotton swabs
Adhesive bandages
Surgical tape
Digital thermometer
Scissors
Tweezers
Medicine dropper or dispenser
Flashlight with extra batteries
Extra blanket
Antiseptic cream
Antibiotic ointment
Calamine lotion
Burn spray or ointment
Hydrocortisone cream (1% or less)
Petroleum jelly
Soap
Bottle of clean water
Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Diphenhydramine or other antihistamine
Decongestants
Cough suppressants
Other medications specific to your model’s health
CPR and Heimlich maneuver instruction card or manual
Ipecac or poison kit
List of emergency phone numbers
Sterile hand wipes
Heimlich Maneuver and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
If the baby’s airway becomes obstructed by an object, the Heimlich maneuver can
be used to remove it. If the baby’s breathing has stopped, cardiopulmonary
resuscitation, or CPR, will restore it. All primary and secondary caregivers should
be familiar with both procedures. Your local health agencies might o er free
training.
Identifying Respiratory Problems
[1] Watch for warning signs. Is the baby having di culty breathing? Is the baby
turning blue? Is the baby choking, unconscious, or unresponsive to stimulus?
EXPERT TIP: You can usually listen and/or feel to see if the baby is breathing. If you
hold an unbreakable mirror up to the nose and mouth of a baby, the mirror will fog if the baby
is breathing.
[2] Instruct someone to call emergency paramedics. If you are alone, proceed with the
Heimlich maneuver or CPR for one minute, then call and return to the baby.
[3] Evaluate the problem. Is the baby not breathing? Is she in the middle of a meal? Is
an object lodged in her throat? If so, utilize the Heimlich maneuver (see next page).
Is the baby’s breathing partially impeded? Can you hear wheezing, gagging, or
coughing? If so, sit the baby forward and allow her to try to clear the obstruction
through the natural re exes of coughing and gagging. If choking persists after two to
three minutes, seek emergency assistance. Do not perform the Heimlich maneuver in
this situation; you risk lodging the object further.
If the baby is unconscious but does not seem to have an obstruction in her airway,
perform CPR (see this page).
If the baby is currently sick, or if the baby has allergies that might a ect her ability to
breathe, do not perform the Heimlich maneuver or CPR; call emergency paramedics
immediately and follow their instructions.
Performing the Heimlich Maneuver
[1] Sit down. Extend one leg out straight.
[2] Hold the baby so she straddles your forearm belly-side down. Support the baby’s
head and neck with your hand. Support your arm and the baby with your outstretched
leg. This will angle the baby so that her head is lower than her body.
[3] With your other hand, perform back blows (Fig. A). Deliver ve gentle but rm
blows directly between the baby’s shoulder blades. If the obstruction falls out, stop
performing the procedure. If choking persists, go to the next step.
[4] Turn the baby so she is laying face up along your outstretched leg’s thigh, with her
head near your knee and turned up to one side. This angles the baby’s body so her head
is lower than her body. Support her head and neck.
[5] Perform front compressions (Fig. B). Visualize an imaginary horizontal line across
the baby’s nipples. Place two ngers about half an inch (1.3 cm) below this imaginary
line, on the baby’s sternum. Press down gently but firmly five times.
[6] Repeat steps 2 through 5 until the airway is clear.
[7] Check for breathing. Do not insert your nger into the baby’s mouth and sweep
from side to side—this could force the object back into the throat.
[8] If you cannot clear the airway, continue steps 2 through 7 until paramedics arrive.
Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
[1] Check the baby’s pulse using the following procedure (check for no longer than 10
seconds):
Bring one arm away from her body and fully extend it to one side, making a 90-degree
angle with her body.
Place two ngers on the inside of the bicep, between the shoulder and elbow. You
should be able to feel a pulse (Fig. A, next page).
[2] If you feel a pulse but the baby is not breathing and you have performed the
Heimlich maneuver, go to step 5 and perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If no pulse
is found, begin CPR using the sequence compressions, airway, breathing (C-A-B). Begin
within 10 seconds.
[3] Visualize an imaginary line across the baby’s nipples. Place two ngers about half
an inch (1.3 cm) below this imaginary line, just on the baby’s sternum.
[4] Compress the chest one half to one inch (1.3–2.5 cm) 30 times in an 18-second span.
[5] Deliver a breath using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Lift the baby’s chin so that her head is tilted slightly backward (Fig. B).
Place you mouth over the baby’s nose and mouth.
Deliver two brief breaths, one breath every 3 to 5 seconds (Fig. C).
CAUTION: Use just a mouthful of air. Remember that the baby’s lungs are very small.
Do not attempt to transfer all of the air in your lungs to the baby’s lungs. One mouthful of air
will suffice.
[6] Watch the baby’s chest. It should rise and fall as you deliver breaths. If the baby
begins to breathe on her own, stop performing CPR.
[7] Check the baby’s breathing and pulse. If they have not been restored, repeat steps
4, 5, and 6. If the baby’s breathing and pulse are restored, proceed to step 8.
[8] Once the baby is resuscitated, visit the emergency room. The baby should be
examined to make sure there are no other injuries.
Measuring the Baby’s Core Temperature
The core temperature of the baby should be approximately 98.6 degrees
Fahrenheit (37°C). This number will uctuate throughout the day, registering
lower in the morning than in the evening.
The easiest and most accurate way to measure the baby’s core temperature is
by inserting a digital thermometer into the baby’s rectum. Traditional glass
thermometers may also be used, but they break easily and can cause damage to
the baby.
CAUTION: Babies lack the patience and motor skills to have their temperature taken
orally (Fig. B).
[1] Prepare the thermometer. Rinse with warm water and dry. Apply a small amount of
petroleum jelly or other lubricant to the tip.
[2] Prepare the baby. Lay the baby on a at surface on his back and remove his
clothing and diaper. Alternatively, lay the baby on his belly across your lap.
[3] Insert the thermometer. Spread the baby’s buttocks and insert no more than one
inch (2.5 cm) of the thermometer (Fig. A).
[4] Hold the thermometer in place for two minutes. Keeping the buttocks held together
will minimize discomfort. Most digital thermometers beep to indicate they have nished
measuring.
[5] Remove the thermometer. Cover the baby’s bottom with a cloth or diaper.
CAUTION: Rectal thermometers can stimulate the baby’s bowels. Place a towel under
the baby before taking his temperature.
[6] Read the baby’s temperature. If it is higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38°C),
contact the baby’s service provider immediately.
EXPERT TIP: You might want to measure the temperature at the armpit (Fig. B). Be
aware that this temperature may register as slightly lower than a temperature recorded at the
rectum. Gauge temperature shifts only by comparing measurements taken at the same
location.
Medical Maintenance
Most models will experience an average of four illnesses in the rst year. It is
recommended that users contact the baby’s service provider at the rst signs of
illness. The service provider can diagnose and treat any illness or, if needed,
recommend a specialist.
Asthma
Asthma is a condition that a ects the baby’s bronchial tubes, restricting
breathing. An asthma attack can be serious if not treated properly.
Symptoms include coughing (especially at night), wheezing, and fast or labored
breathing (your unit will be using auxiliary chest muscles to breathe). The baby’s
service provider should diagnose and prescribe a course of treatment. The
frequency of the attacks might be reduced by limiting the baby’s exposure to
certain foods, medications, pollutants, temperature shifts, or allergens.
Baby Acne
Baby acne is more unsightly than serious, and typically disappears after six
weeks of its appearance. It will assume the form of tiny pimples on the baby’s
face.
To treat baby acne, wash the baby’s face daily, with or without a mild soap and
lukewarm water. Keep the baby’s bed sheets clean. The baby’s service provider
can prescribe the use of a mild topical steroid cream.
Birth Marks and Birth Rashes
Birth marks and rashes are alterations in the pigment of the baby’s skin. These
are not health risks but should be identi ed in the rst few weeks, so you will
not confuse them with bruises or localized rashes later. Some markings take
weeks to fade away, others take years. If you have any concerns about a mark’s
signi cance, discuss it with the baby’s service provider. The most common types
include the following:
Mongolian Spots: These bluish-green marks, often mistaken for bruises, are typically
found on or around a baby’s buttocks and/or lower back. Mongolian spots are most
common on babies of African, Latino, Native American, and Asian descent, but they can
appear on any infant model. The spots will generally fade by the time the baby is two
or three years old.
Stork Bites: These pink- or salmon-colored patches, often mistaken for rashes, are
typically found on the baby’s neck, forehead, nose, or eyebrows. The spots may redden
when the baby cries or develops a fever; they generally disappear by the age of six
months.
Erythema Toxicum: These yellow-white “blisters,” sometimes mistaken for an infection,
are surrounded by a red lining. During the baby’s rst few weeks of life, these marks
can spread all over the baby’s body—but they usually disappear by the age of three
weeks.
Milia: These yellow-white areas will typically appear on the baby’s nose. They are
caused by gland secretions and usually disappear within three weeks of appearance.
Café-au-Lait Spots: These pale brown patches might appear on the baby’s trunk or
extremities. If you find more than six of these spots, contact the baby’s service provider.
Bumps and Bruises
Bumps and bruises should heal themselves within a week to 10 days. Unless they
are accompanied by other symptoms, they are easily treatable at home.
[1] Apply a cold compress to the impact site. Hold a cold washcloth or gel pack on or
near the affected area. The cold may diminish the size of the bump or bruise.
[2] Avoid touching the area; it will be tender and sore. Adjust your handling and
feeding positions to minimize contact.
[3] Observe the area as it heals. Bumps will grow smaller as they fade. Bruises will
change from purple to yellow and then fade.
Chickenpox
Chickenpox is a viral infection that causes a rash. Until all of its sores have
scabbed over, chickenpox is highly contagious to anyone who hasn’t had it (or
been vaccinated against it).
The rash initially appears as red dots and quickly accelerates to blisters and
scabs within 24 hours; all sores are usually scabbed over within three to ve
days. The lesions are extremely itchy and will cause the baby much discomfort.
(Many users soothe these lesions with an oatmeal bath—supplies can be
purchased at drugstores.) If you believe the baby has chickenpox, contact the
baby’s service provider and quarantine the baby from other children.
Circumcision
Circumcision is a procedure in which the foreskin of the penis is removed by a
service provider or ritual circumciser. This procedure usually takes place in the
hospital (one to two days after delivery) or in the home (eight days after
delivery, or as religious practice prescribes). In the majority of cases, there is no
medical reason to have a baby circumcised. However, a circumcised penis is
easier for a young boy to clean, and some studies suggest that circumcision will
result in a decreased risk of infection, HIV, and penile cancer.
The circumcision must be tended to properly to avoid infection.
[1] Avoid water. Do not use water to clean a circumcised penis until it has healed
completely. Wipe gently with a soft cloth.
[2] Apply petroleum jelly. Spread a liberal amount over the area of the diaper that will
make contact with the penis. This will help keep the circumcision dry, and will keep the
glans of the penis from sticking to the diaper. Do this every time you reinstall a diaper.
[3] Monitor the penis for bleeding and infection. Do not touch the circumcised area
until it has healed. Look for blood or pus. If you suspect an infection, contact the baby’s
service provider.
Clogged Tear Duct
A blockage in the tear duct can lead to an infection. This condition is not
contagious and will usually clear up automatically by the time the baby is nine
months old.
Symptoms of clogged tear ducts include a wet or mucous discharge from the eye
(often only one eye). If you suspect the baby has a blocked tear duct, wipe the
discharge with a soft cloth and warm water and contact the baby’s service
provider, who might prescribe antibiotic drops.
Colic
Colic is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that causes the baby to feel
distressed. The speci c causes of colic are unknown, but the condition rarely
occurs beyond the baby’s second or third month.
Symptoms of colic include frequent waking, inconsolable crying, and gassy
discomfort. If you suspect the baby is su ering from colic, contact the baby’s
service provider, who might prescribe the use of anti-gas drops. You can also
consider the following techniques.
[1] Comfort the baby. Take turns with another caregiver, working in 10-minute shifts.
Rock, sway, or walk the baby. Any movement may distract her. Consider wearing the
baby in a sling, or taking the baby for a drive.
[2] Apply gentle pressure to the baby’s abdomen. This can help the baby expel gas. Lay
the baby so she is straddling one arm. Alternatively, recline on a chair or sofa and
cradle the baby so her belly rests against your ribs.
[3] If you are breastfeeding, eliminate gassy foods such as cabbage, beans, milk, and
caffeine.
EXPERT TIP: Each user has a personal trick for handling colic. Some say baby
massage and warm baths are e ective; others advocate frequent feedings. The baby’s service
provider might have some suggestions.
Congestion
Congestion occurs when the baby’s nasal passages are impeded or obstructed by
mucus. This is typically the symptom of a cold, allergy, or teething, and should
clear up with the associated condition.
[1] If the baby has loose mucus, proceed to step 2. For dry mucus, use saline drops from
the baby’s service provider to loosen the congestion.
Place one drop inside each nostril.
The baby is likely to start crying. Wait for the crying to stop.
[2] You will need a nasal bulb (readily available at drugstores) to remove the mucus
from the baby’s nostrils.
Squeeze the bulb.
Insert the tube into one nostril.
Release the bulb.
Withdraw the tube.
Expel the mucus into a towel or tissue.
Repeat with the other nostril.
[3] Wipe the baby’s nose with a soft cloth or tissue. Apply lotion around the nostrils to
prevent chafing.
[4] Bring the baby’s car seat inside and strap her into it at bedtime. Sleeping propped
up will help her drain the congestion.
Constipation
Constipation is a condition that interferes with the regular output of the baby’s
waste system. This condition can last for an undetermined amount of time, but is
usually not serious if treated properly.
Symptoms of constipation include infrequent or very large stools with a hard
consistency, or a long time ( ve days or more) with no waste output. If you
suspect the baby su ers from constipation, contact the baby’s service provider.
You might also try any of the following techniques.
[1] Measure the baby’s temperature (see this page). The thermometer might stimulate
the baby’s bowels.
[2] Give the baby a glycerin suppository. These are readily available at most
pharmacies. Insert half a suppository into the baby’s rectum and reinstall a diaper.
Results should appear within 30 minutes.
[3] Provide ample uids. Make sure the baby has enough uids to keep his stool soft.
This usually means three ounces (89 mL) of water daily for every two pounds (900 g)
the baby weighs.
[4] Adjust the baby’s diet. Reduce or remove foods that can cause constipation, such as
bananas, pears, rice, and cereal.
[5] Change the formula. If the baby is formula-fed, change to a low-iron or soy formula
until constipation clears.
Cradle Cap
Cradle cap is a skin condition that a ects the baby’s scalp; it appears in the form
of yellow scales on the scalp that occasionally extend to the face. It will usually
disappear by the time the baby is three months old.
If you suspect the baby has cradle cap, contact the baby’s service provider. The
following maintenance routine can also help treat cradle cap.
[1] Apply olive oil to the baby’s scalp. Do this prior to shampooing, and be sure to
select a cold-pressed oil, which is chemical free. Massage the oil into the scalp for 20
seconds.
[2] Wash the baby’s head. Apply a mild, anti-dandru baby shampoo to the scalp once
a day. You might need to wash the hair twice to remove all of the olive oil; use a mild
baby shampoo for the second washing.
[3] Brush away loose scales. Use a soft baby hairbrush.
Croup
Croup is a viral condition that a ects the baby’s voice box. Croup symptoms will
be most severe on the first night and will fade after a few days.
Symptoms of croup include a barking cough, a hoarse throat, stridor (a gasping
sound made by the baby when she inhales), fever, rapid breathing, poor coloring,
and lethargy. If you think the baby has croup, contact the baby’s service
provider. Changes in temperature often help the symptoms of croup. Hold the
baby in a steamed bathroom or allow brief exposure to the night air.
Cuts
Cuts are a break in the skin caused by a sharp object. Cuts generally heal in a
week to 10 days. A prolonged healing may be an indication of a secondary
infection.
Symptoms of an infected cut include bleeding, redness, swelling, or drainage of
pus anywhere near the site of the cut. If you suspect the baby has an infected cut,
or if the cut will not stop bleeding, contact the baby’s service provider.
[1] Wash the area with mild, soapy water. If it is no longer bleeding, allow the area to
air dry and proceed to step 3.
[2] If the cut is bleeding, apply direct pressure. Use a sterile, soft gauze pad. Press the
skin together as you gently push down on the cut. Check after a few minutes to
determine if the bleeding has stopped.
[3] Apply a small dab of antibiotic ointment to the affected area.
[4] Apply a bandage. Monitor the bandage throughout the day to ensure it does not
come off. Loose bandages can present a choking hazard.
[5] Change the bandage daily. Remove the bandage while submerging it under running
water or during a bath to loosen the glue and make removal less painful. Repeat all
steps until the cut has healed.
Dehydration
Dehydration is caused by an imbalance in the baby’s uid intake and output
system—namely, the baby outputs more uids than he receives. Dehydration will
persist until the baby’s fluid levels are rebalanced.
Symptoms of mild dehydration include decreased urine output (fewer than
three to four wet diapers per day), crying with little or no tears, severe lethargy,
weight loss, and chapped lips. If you suspect the baby is dehydrated, increase the
baby’s intake of simple uids (water or light formula). If the baby is breastfed,
increase the frequency or duration of his feedings. If the baby is bottle-fed,
introduce a pediatric electrolyte solution (available commercially). If symptoms
persist, contact the baby’s service provider.
Diarrhea
Diarrhea is a condition that changes both the consistency and frequency of the
baby’s waste output. The condition, caused by any number of bacteria or viruses,
usually lasts five to seven days.
Symptoms of diarrhea include increased waste output with a liquid-like
consistency. The waste might also be more odorous than usual. If you suspect the
baby is su ering from diarrhea, or if you notice any blood or mucus in her waste
output, contact the baby’s service provider.
[1] Use a cotton round and warm water during diaper changes to avoid aggravating
the area during the frequent diaper reinstallations.
[2] Provide light meals and increase uid intake. Breastfeeding mothers should increase
the number or duration of feedings to keep the baby hydrated. If the baby is formula
bottle-fed, reduce the amount of formula added to the water by half. O er the baby a
bottle with pediatric electrolyte solution. Once diarrhea has decreased in frequency,
slowly reintroduce solids, if any are present already, into the baby’s diet.
[3] Watch for signs of dehydration.
[4] Add a dash of yogurt to the baby’s meal. The active cultures found in yogurt can
help to restore her regular stool.
Drug Allergies
A drug allergy is an allergic reaction to a speci c medication. Symptoms of a
drug allergy include hives, runny nose, di cult breathing, and a change in skin
color. If you think the baby is having an allergic reaction to a drug, immediately
contact the baby’s service provider, who might change the baby’s medication or
try to treat the allergy with diphenhydramine.
Ear Infections
Ear infections are the result of a viral or bacterial infection in the middle ear.
Mild ear infections can last from three to ve days, or can recur for several
weeks. If an ear infection lasts for longer than ve days, consult the baby’s
service provider.
Symptoms of an ear infection include inconsolable crying, grabbing at the ear,
distress upon changing positions, and fever. If you suspect the baby is su ering
from an ear infection, contact the baby’s service provider.
Ear infections are sometimes treated with antibiotics. This is the quickest cure
for the infection, and will prevent it from spreading and causing more serious
problems like meningitis (see this page). Di erent antibiotics are compatible
with di erent models, and it is impossible to know in advance what your model
will respond to. Several di erent kinds of antibiotics could be prescribed before a
match is found.
To maintain a balance of stomach bacteria, feed the baby yogurt while she is
on antibiotics. It is not uncommon for treatment of ear infections to last an
entire month.
EXPERT TIP: A drop of olive oil can provide short-term relief for the baby. Use an
eyedropper to place one drop in each of the baby’s ears. Allow the oil to work its way into the
canal. This may comfort the baby until her service provider can o er a more permanent
solution.
Fever
Most service providers believe that low-grade fevers are bene cial to the baby,
because they slow down viral replication. This keeps the baby from getting
sicker. As a result, many service providers do not recommend treating a fever
under 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38°C).
CAUTION: If your model is less than three months old and has a fever higher than 100
degrees Fahrenheit (38°C), contact the baby’s service provider.
[1] Feel the baby’s forehead—if it is warm to the touch, take her temperature. See
guidelines for measuring the baby’s temperature on this page.
[2] If the baby’s temperature is between 101 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit (38.5–39.5°C),
contact the baby’s service provider. It is recommended that users administer small doses
of ibuprofen every four hours until the fever subsides; discuss this with the baby’s service
provider.
[3] If the baby’s temperature is at or above 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit (40°C), the baby
has a high fever and the baby’s service provider should be contacted immediately.
Sponge her with warm water, which evaporates quickly and cools the baby faster than
cold water, and give her small doses of ibuprofen every four hours. If the baby’s fever
remains at this level, there is good reason to suspect a secondary infection.
Gas
Gas is the result of air bubbles forming within the baby’s intestinal tract. This
condition often occurs in conjunction with a feeding, and might pass naturally.
Symptoms of gas include burping, atulence, crying, and lifting the knees to the
abdomen.
To reduce gas, burp the baby after every feeding. If you are breastfeeding,
remove gassy foods such as beans and cabbage from your diet. Perform a gasrelease hold on the baby (see this page). The baby’s service provider might
prescribe anti-gas drops.
Hiccups
Hiccups are very common in newborn babies, and they stem from a temporary
disorder in the baby’s diaphragm. Try the following techniques for ending the
baby’s hiccups.
CAUTION: If the baby has hiccups, do not attempt to end them with adult methods. Do
not try to hold the baby’s breath. Do not frighten the baby with a loud noise.
Blow on the baby’s face. This might cause him to inhale quickly and change the
movement of his diaphragm.
Feed the baby. The regular swallowing and breathing might reset the diaphragm.
Take the baby outside. A sudden burst of cool air might change the rhythm of her
breathing.
Insect Bites and Stings
Insect bites or stings are only threatening if the baby develops a severe allergic
reaction. Severe allergic reactions include abdominal pain, vomiting, di culty
breathing, or hives (in a place other than the location of the bite); if such a
reaction occurs, contact the baby’s service provider immediately. A mild reaction
such as itchiness at the site of the sting or bite can be treated with a cool
compress. Hold it in place for at least 15 minutes, or as long as the baby will
allow.
CAUTION: Test the temperature of the compress on your own skin before applying it to
the baby. Never apply an ice pack directly to skin; wrap it in a dry towel first.
Nervous Tremors
Nervous tremors are an involuntary ring of nerves that causes mild muscular
shaking (usually in the arms and legs), which may be mistaken for shivering.
This is a fairly common condition among newborns; tremors will usually
disappear by the time the baby is three to six months old. If the baby appears to
su er from particularly dramatic tremors, you should contact the baby’s service
provider.
Pink Eye
Pink eye can be caused by an infection or an allergy, and can a ect one or both
of the baby’s eyes. If the pink eye is caused by an infection, it is contagious and
users should wash their hands frequently. When treated properly, it should clear
up in a few days.
Symptoms of pink eye include a redness of the eyeball(s), redness on the inner
part of the eyelid(s), and a green or yellow discharge from the a ected area. The
baby may attempt to rub her eyes—do not let her. Swaddling the baby will
prevent her from reaching her eyes (see this page). If you suspect the baby is
su ering from pink eye, quarantine the baby from other children and contact the
baby’s service provider.
Reflux
Re ux results from stomach acid rising up the esophagus through the inadequate
closure of a valve between the baby’s esophagus and stomach. The condition
typically appears within the baby’s rst few weeks, and can last for several
months.
Symptoms include the regurgitation of liquids soon after they are ingested,
irritability, frequent crying, inconsolable abdominal pain, arching her back, and
frequent but shorter feedings. If you suspect the baby is su ering from re ux,
contact the baby’s service provider, who might prescribe thickening the baby’s
feedings with rice cereal, placing the baby in an upright position after feeding or
while sleeping, and/or a variety of antacid medication.
Teething
The baby comes pre-installed with teeth that will automatically emerge from the
gums in the latter half of the baby’s rst year. This process is known as teething
and will cause the baby to feel pain.
Symptoms of teething include excessive drooling, biting on hard objects, night
waking, and agitation, and occasionally congestion, a runny nose, diarrhea, or
low-grade fever. There is little the user can do to treat teething. Users can
manage the baby’s discomfort by increasing the baby’s number of naps or giving
the baby cold, chewable items such as frozen celery or washcloths. The baby’s
service provider might also recommend small doses of ibuprofen or a topical
anesthetic.
Umbilical Cord Stump
Upon delivery of the baby, you will notice an inch or two of umbilical cord
protruding from his navel. If the stump is always kept dry and clean, it should
scab and fall o in approximately two weeks. Sometimes a stump will become
infected—this is a medical emergency. The cord stump provides a direct line to
the baby’s bloodstream, and an infection would spread rapidly.
Symptoms of an infected umbilical cord stump include redness or swelling
around the navel, a pus-like discharge, and fever. If you suspect the baby is
su ering from an infected umbilical cord stump, contact the baby’s service
provider, who may need to hospitalize the baby or prescribe antibiotics.
Vaccination Reactions
The baby may have an allergic or other reaction to the regular vaccination shots
service providers administer. Though somewhat seldom, most reactions occur
from the DtaP (diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus) shot. Reactions will appear
immediately or soon after the baby receives the shot and are easily treated.
Symptoms of a vaccination reaction to DtaP (and others) include fever,
irritability, swelling or redness at the sight of the shot, and anaphylactic shock
(a severe reaction including hives and/or distressed or impaired breathing). If
you think the baby is su ering from a vaccination reaction—particularly if
breathing is troubled—call emergency paramedics immediately. Users can
contact the baby’s service provider for less severe symptoms.
Relieve the symptoms of a minor vaccination reaction by taking the following
steps.
[1] Check with the baby’s service provider: He or she may recommend ibuprofen to
treat fever and discomfort.
[2] Apply a cold or warm pack to the site of the shot. Some models prefer a warm pack
to relieve pain; other models want a cold pack. Try each to determine which is
compatible with your model. Test the temperature of the pack before applying it to
avoid damaging the baby’s skin.
EXPERT TIP: The baby’s service provider will schedule regular visits at which
vaccinations will be administered (see this page). These updates generally occur at ages 2, 4,
6, and 12 months. Give the baby an appropriate dosage of ibuprofen half an hour before
visiting the service provider and in the following 24 hours to minimize discomfort.
Vomiting
Vomiting is the process by which the baby expels the contents of her stomach
through her mouth. It can be related to food intolerance, gastrointestinal
disorder, re ux, head injury, meningitis (see this page), or other concerns. As a
result, the duration of the vomiting varies with its associated condition. If the
baby is vomiting, contact the baby’s service provider, and follow the guidelines
for treating a dehydrated baby on this page.
Protecting the Baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected death of an otherwise
healthy baby; it is also sometimes referred to as crib death. Although the cause of
SIDS is unknown, research institutions such as the American SIDS Institute and
the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths have established guidelines to
reduce the risk of SIDS. To check for the most up-to-date guidelines, consult the
baby’s service provider. Service providers recommend the following to decrease
the risk of SIDS.
Put the baby to sleep on his back.
Provide the baby a firm mattress to sleep on.
Keep the sleeping area free of stu ed animals, pillows, and heavy blankets. Cover the
baby up to his abdomen with a light sheet. Keep his arms above the sheet.
Do not overdress the baby. His room should be a comfortable temperature (between
68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit [20–22°C]).
Breastfeed the baby.
Do not expose the baby to tobacco smoke.
Ask visitors to wash their hands before handling the baby.
Keep the baby away from visitors with respiratory infections.
Place the baby on his belly during waking hours.
CAUTION: A baby is most at risk for SIDS during his rst and fourth months. The baby
also has an increased risk if he is premature, was exposed to unprescribed drugs in utero, or
has a sibling who died of SIDS.
Recognizing Serious Illness
All baby owners should recognize the symptoms for meningitis, pneumonia,
seizures, and RSV. If your model begins to exhibit these symptoms, follow the
instructions described below and contact the baby’s service provider
immediately.
EXPERT TIP: Trust your instincts. If you feel that something is seriously wrong with
the baby, do not hesitate to call the baby’s service provider.
Meningitis
Meningitis can be either a viral or bacterial infection of the meninges—the
covering of the brain and spinal cord. This illness can result in long-term health
e ects and might hinder neurological development. Fortunately, many forms are
treatable and some are completely curable.
Symptoms of meningitis include fever, irritability, lethargy, vomiting, seizure,
and/or bulging fontanels (resulting from increased pressure in the brain). If you
suspect the baby has meningitis, contact the baby’s service provider or go to the
hospital immediately.
Pneumonia
Pneumonia is a viral or bacterial infection of the lungs. Pneumonia a ects the
alveoli—the air sacks of the lungs. The common cold can develop into
pneumonia. Most forms are completely curable.
Symptoms of pneumonia include coughing, fever, rapid breathing (more than
30 to 40 breaths a minute), and retraction of the skin between the ribs (it will
appear sunken). If you suspect the baby has pneumonia, contact the baby’s
service provider or go to the hospital immediately.
Seizure
A seizure results when abnormal electrical activity in the brain triggers
neuromuscular activity in the body. Seizures can have many di erent causes,
including meningitis, metabolic imbalances, head injuries, congenital
abnormalities, and/or fever. The majority of seizures, however, are idiopathic—
which means that there are no specific causes.
If the baby is having a seizure, her arms and legs will shake uncontrollably for
an extended period of time—between 30 seconds and 10 minutes. During or after
the seizure, the baby may vomit, lose control of her bowels and bladder, and
experience sleepiness.
To treat a seizure, hold the baby on her side. This will prevent asphyxiation if
she vomits. Do not put anything in the baby’s mouth—maintain an open airway.
Contact the baby’s service provider once the seizure has passed.
CAUTION: If the seizure lasts more than two minutes—or appears to restrict the baby’s
breathing—call emergency paramedics immediately.
RSV
RSV—respiratory syncytial virus—is a viral infection of the lungs that typically
a ects the airways rather than air sacs. Most models who experience RSV are
usually younger than one year old. This infection is contagious to both babies
and adults, though the virus is more serious for babies.
Symptoms of RSV include coughing, rapid breathing (more than 30 to 40
breaths per minute), fever, and wheezing. If you think the baby is su ering from
RSV, contact the baby’s service provider immediately.
Scheduled Maintenance
To ensure your unit operates at peak e ciency in all areas, recommended service
checkups should be performed. The following service interval checklists describe
recommended maintenance and updates for a baby functioning under normal or
average operating conditions. Variations in your baby’s health and/or your own
lifestyle may require a di erent maintenance schedule, which will be
recommended by your service provider.
With regards to immunizations and other updates to your baby’s immune
system, schedules may vary from the intervals listed below. Some updates may be
installed over a di erent period. Consult your service provider for a schedule that
best suits the requirements of your baby.
Charts follow for newborn, 3–5 days, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months,
and 12 months scheduled maintenance.
Well-child scheduled maintenance should continue to be performed by your
service provider at 15, 18, 24, 48, and 60 months. Immunization schedules should
be continued based on previous service installations and will be recommended by
your service provider based on installation history.
EXPERT TIP: Numerous reputable studies have found no link between MMR and
autism, and an original study from England in 1998 suggesting such a link has since been
discredited. An o cial schedule of immunizations may be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines,
which takes into account all new vaccines and evidence regarding immunizations.
Interval: Newborn
HOURS OF OPERATION: 0–1
Year _____
Make _____
Model _____
History – N/A
Measurements
Length _____
Height _____
Weight _____
Head Circumference _____
Blood Pressure _____/_____
Sensory Screening
Vision/Optical Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Hearing/Audio Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Developmental Screening (Pass/Fail)
Physical Examination
Fluid Checks
Blood Test
Immunizations
Hepatitis B (HepB) – first dose
Notes _____________________
Scheduled Maintenance Performed by ____________________
Interval: 3–5 Days
HOURS OF OPERATION: 72–120
Year _____
Make _____
Model _____
History
Measurements
Length _____
Height _____
Weight _____
Head Circumference _____
Blood Pressure (optional) _____/_____
Sensory Screening
Vision/Optical Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Hearing/Audio Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Developmental Screening (Pass/Fail)
Physical Examination
Fluid Checks
Immunizations – N/A
Notes _____________________
Scheduled Maintenance Performed by ________________________
Interval: 2 Months
HOURS OF OPERATION: 1,440
Year _____
Make _____
Model _____
History
Measurements
Length _____
Height _____
Weight _____
Head Circumference _____
Blood Pressure (optional) _____/_____
Sensory Screening
Vision/Optical Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Hearing/Audio Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Developmental Screening (Pass/Fail)
Physical Examination
Fluid Checks
Immunizations
Hepatitis B (HepB) – second dose
Rotavirus (RV) – first dose
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) – first dose
Haemophilus Influenzae, Type b (Hib) – first dose
Pneumococcal (PCV) – first dose
Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV) – first dose
Notes _____________________
Scheduled Maintenance Performed by ________________________
Interval: 4 Months
HOURS OF OPERATION: 2,880
Year _____
Make _____
Model _____
History
Measurements
Length _____
Height _____
Weight _____
Head Circumference _____
Blood Pressure (optional) _____/_____
Sensory Screening
Vision/Optical Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Hearing/Audio Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Developmental Screening (Pass/Fail)
Physical Examination
Fluid Checks
Immunizations
Rotavirus (RV) – second dose
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) – second dose
Haemophilus Influenzae, Type b (Hib) – second dose
Pneumococcal (PCV) – second dose
Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV) – second dose
Notes _____________________
Scheduled Maintenance Performed by ________________________
Interval: 6 Months
HOURS OF OPERATION: 4,320
Year _____
Make _____
Model _____
History
Measurements
Length _____
Height _____
Weight _____
Head Circumference _____
Blood Pressure (optional) _____/_____
Sensory Screening
Vision/Optical Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Hearing/Audio Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Developmental Screening (Pass/Fail)
Physical Examination
Fluid Checks
Blood Test
Lead Screening
Immunizations
Hepatitis B (HepB) – third dose
Rotavirus (RV) – third dose
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) – third dose
Haemophilus Influenzae, Type b (Hib) – third dose
Pneumococcal (PCV) – third dose
In uenza – seasonal, yearly, various installation options available (consult
with service provider)
Oral Examination
Notes _____________________
Scheduled Maintenance Performed by ________________________
Interval: 9 Months
HOURS OF OPERATION: 6,480
Year _____
Make _____
Model _____
History
Measurements
Length _____
Height _____
Weight _____
Head Circumference _____
Blood Pressure (optional) _____/_____
Sensory Screening
Vision/Optical Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Hearing/Audio Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Developmental Screening (Pass/Fail)
Physical Examination
Fluid Checks
Immunizations – none if previous maintenance schedules are current
Oral Examination
Notes _____________________
Scheduled Maintenance Performed by ________________________
Interval: 12 Months
HOURS OF OPERATION: 8,640
Year _____
Make _____
Model _____
History
Measurements
Length _____
Height _____
Weight _____
Head Circumference _____
Blood Pressure (optional) _____/_____
Sensory Screening
Vision/Optical Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Hearing/Audio Sensors (Pass/Fail)
Developmental Screening (Pass/Fail)
Physical Examination
Fluid Checks
Lead Screening
Tuberculin Test
Immunizations
Hepatitis B (HepB) – fourth dose
Haemophilus Influenzae, Type b (Hib) – fourth dose
Pneumococcal (PCV) – fourth dose
In uenza – seasonal, yearly, various installation options available (consult
with service provider)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – first dose
Varicella (VARICELLA) – first dose
Hepatitis A (HepA) – first dose
Oral Examination
Notes _____________________
Scheduled Maintenance Performed by ________________________
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my baby overheat?
Yes. When a baby overheats, the condition is referred to as fever. Fever is not in
and of itself a major problem. It is a sign of an infection, and nearly every
infection (most of which are viral) is accompanied by a temperature. Fever also
plays a constructive role in slowing the spread of infections: viruses replicate less
rapidly in a hot environment. Some service providers feel that fevers lower than
100° Fahrenheit (39.5°C) need not be treated.
The signi cance of a fever depends on how high it is, how long it has persisted,
and other associated symptoms. A temperature of 103.5° F usually requires tepid,
clean-sponge bathing, along with the administration of acetaminophen or
ibuprofen. If your baby has had a temperature for more than three days, you
should contact your service provider.
If your baby is lethargic or exhibits vomiting, a sti neck, signi cant pain,
respiratory distress (fast respiratory rate or the use of auxiliary muscles to
breathe), or has a rash, you should also contact your service provider.
When should my baby start to eat solid foods?
From a nutritional and developmental standpoint, babies do not need to start
solid foods until age six to nine months. A good cue that your child is ready is
when she exhibits a curiosity about solid foods.
How many diapers will I use and when can I start toilet training my baby?
On average, a new baby will require 2,200 to 2,900 diaper changes in the rst
year of life alone! At what point you begin to toilet train your baby depends on
cultural and lifestyle in uences. Some users begin in the baby’s rst week,
holding the baby over a potty when the rst signs of a bowel movement are
apparent. Many users begin toilet training sometime after eighteen months,
when the baby is in better control of bowel function and able to communicate
and appreciate a reward system. Still other users begin after the baby is three
years old, when communication skills can speed the training process.
I update my baby’s virus protection regularly, so why is he always sick?
During your baby’s rst year(s) of life, he will be developing an immune system.
Even if your service provider performs regularly scheduled maintenance and
updates, 70 percent of the illnesses a ecting babies and young children are viral;
these are generally cured and treated by a person’s own immune system. When
your baby is exposed to a new viral illness, the sickness is an opportunity for him
to develop an immunity to it.
Generally, a baby will experience many sicknesses during the rst year of life.
More frequent illness may be an indication of allergies or may be more
signi cant if your baby experiences recurrent serious bacterial infections, such as
pneumonia, staphylococcal infections, and meningitis. In these cases, you should
contact your service provider.
Are service providers available 24/7?
Whom do I contact after hours?
In case of an emergency, always dial 911 rst. If the after-hours situation
appears not to be life-threatening but does require attention, most service
providers have on-call access to them or another service provider in their
medical group. Be sure to secure your service provider’s answering service phone
number and/or e-mail before the need arises. Some users, not wanting to disturb
their service provider at all hours of the night or on weekends, may elect to use a
freestanding medical facility. In such cases, be sure to update your service
provider by phone, because reports of these incidents will not automatically be
sent to her.
Should I really immunize my baby?
Currently, users asking this question tend to fall into one of three categories:
[1] Users who update their baby’s virus software and immunize according to the CDC
schedule.
[2] Users who adopt a di erent schedule, either taking a longer time to immunize their
baby or eliminating specific vaccines that concern them.
[3] Users who do not immunize at all.
Some users are concerned about the preservatives and/or additives used in the
preparation of a speci c vaccine. Thiomersal (a mercury preservative) has been
eliminated from almost all current vaccines. Small amounts of aluminum are
used as an additive to increase the effectiveness of some vaccines.
Because your baby does not have an auto-update feature preinstalled, it is your
responsibility to gather all the necessary information to make an informed
decision about your baby’s health.
There’s so much information out there. What should I believe?
Many new users faced with the necessity of caring for a baby discover an
overabundance of information. Use the following guidelines to sort through it:
[1] Trust your own instincts and intuition.
[2] Adopt the view that you are responsible for your baby and that you are in charge of
the situation.
[3] Know that no one person is an expert on every baby. Look for information that suits
your personality and childrearing style.
Trouble-Shooting Guide
If your baby is not operating at peak e ciency, use the following
troubleshooting guide to solve some common problems. Should any of these
problems persist, contact your baby’s service provider.
PROBLEM
Baby emits
unpleasant odor …
POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
CAUSE
TREATMENT
Gas
Soiled diaper
that is
unbearable/frequent
Diarrhea
Turn on a fan to remove odor from
room.
Remove and reinstall diaper.
Treat for diarrhea (see this page–this
page).
and waste is:
None. Meconium comes preinstalled in
Black
Meconium
your baby and should pass in 1–2 weeks
after delivery.
Seedy
Breast milk
None. “Seedlike” appearance of waste
for breastfeeding babies is normal.
Your baby’s power supply will affect the
Green
Peas
color and consistency of waste output.
This is normal.
Baby does not emit
unpleasant odor.
Your baby’s power supply will affect the
Constipation
color and consistency of waste output.
This is normal.
Test baby’s temperature at buttock port.
Insert partial glycerine suppository.
Contact service provider if waste is not
produced.
Baby appears to be
leaking from the …
Optical sensors
Multiple
See “Baby cries” (this page).
Nose
Allergic, teething, or sick Wipe baby’s nose with a soft tissue.
Consult service provider.
Mouth
Teething
Offer frozen or cold chewable items.
Cover baby’s front with bib to absorb
leakage from mouth port.
Waist
Tank is full
See “Expels ingested food” (this page).
Improperly installed
Remove and reinstall diaper, point
diaper
penis downward (male models only).
Diaper is overcapacity
Remove and reinstall diaper.
Dehydration
Increase fluid/liquid intake of baby.
Baby does not appear
to be leaking from
waist.
Introduce Pediatric Electrolyte solution.
Consult service provider.
Baby will not ingest
food
Tank is full
Sick
Wait for 60 minutes and attempt to
reinstall power supply.
Consult service provider.
Expels ingested food Tank is full
Gassy
Stop feeding baby.
Burp baby. Wipe expelled food from
clothing.
Sick
Consult service provider.
Wet or soiled diaper
Remove and reinstall fresh diaper.
Hungry
Feed baby.
Baby cries when
placed:
Vertically
Hot
Cold
Observe and change baby’s clothing and
coverings.
Observe and change baby’s clothing and
coverings.
Tired
Activate SLEEP MODE.
Gassy
Burp the baby.
Lonely, scared, injured
Love and/or comfort the baby.
Install pacification tool, natural or
artificial.
Baby cries when
placed:
Horizontally
Ear infection
In any position
Sick, teething, colicky
Place 1 small drop of warm olive oil in
each of baby’s auditory sensors.
If crying persists for more than 30
minutes, consult service provider.
Baby will not …
Enter SLEEP MODE Not tired
Play with baby.
Take baby for walk.
Reenter
SLEEPMODE
Overtired/overstimulated Stop stimulating baby.
Turn off lights.
Rock baby gently.
Attempt to reactivate
SLEEP MODE.
Remain inSLEEP
MODE
Wet or soiled diaper
Remove and reinstall diaper.
Hungry
Feed baby.
Uncomfortable
Check to be sure no tags or toys are
poking baby.
Change baby’s clothes.
Remove or add a light sheet or blanket.
Baby will not …
Enter, reenter, or
remain in
SLEEP MODE no
matter what I do.
Scared
Love and comfort baby.
Teach baby to Self- or User-Activate
Does not know how
SLEEP MODE. Good luck. This too shall
pass.
About the Authors
A board-certi ed pediatrician with the American Academy of Pediatrics, DR. LOUIS
BORGENICHT has run his own practice in Salt Lake City for the last 16 years. He is also
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Utah School of Medicine, and he
serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2002, Ladies’
Home Journal named him the Best Pediatrician in Utah. Dr. Borgenicht lives with his
wife, Jody, who has nally learned how to sleep through the night while her husband
goes out on calls.
JOE BORGENICHT is a D.A.D. who frequently telephones his father for advice. He is
also a writer, entrepreneur (www.rulegolf.com), and the co-author of The Action Hero’s
Handbook, The Action Heroine’s Handbook, and Undercover Golf. He lives in Salt Lake City
with his wife, Melanie, and their sons, Jonah and Eli (who still operate at peak
efficiency after nearly a decade).
About the Illustrators
PAUL KEPPLE and JUDE BUFFUM are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio
HEADCASE DESIGN, whose work has been featured in many design publications, such
a s American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press
Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Both graduated
from the Tyler School of Art, where they now teach. When Jude was an infant, his
owners would often program him for extended periods of sleep mode. Paul’s owners, on
the other hand, tried numerous times to return their model, believing his inability to
grow hair was a manufacturer’s defect.
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