Choosing Childcare FINDING THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR FAMILY
LOOK Who’s Turning
Celebrating baby’s first birthday
Must-haves and what to skip
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5 Tips for Choosing Childcare
Baby Registry 101
Expert Q & A: Pregnancy
Baby’s First Photos
Creating a Birth Plan
What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting
Expert Q & A: Birth
Baby’s First Trip to the Dentist
Look Who’s Turning ONE!
Building Baby’s First Library
Expert Q & A: Infancy
7 Toddler-Friendly Playgrounds in Indy
Sign Up and Save: Three Family Memberships Worth the Investment
Expert Q & A: Toddler
break out the BIRTHDAY CAKE OhBaby! is turning one
It is a time of celebration at OhBaby! Indy as we mark our first birthday. When we launched our premiere issue in 2016, it was a labor of love 32 years in the making. Those years were spent cultivating our parent publication, Indy’s Child, to become the go-to resource for parents in the Indianapolis area. What was missing was a resource devoted specifically to new and expecting parents – a parenting primer, if you will, packed with information and tips to make the process of becoming a parent a little less overwhelming. As a result, OhBaby! was born. If you are picking up this second installment, chances are you are getting ready to celebrate a new arrival of your own. Rest assured, you have come to the right place. Inside, you will find a wealth of information gathered from veteran moms and dads and local experts on topics ranging from creating a birth plan to planning your baby’s first birthday party (trust us, it will be here before you know it). You will also find valuable guides to choosing childcare, building baby’s first library, finding toddler-friendly playgrounds around Indy, and much more. We have injected a bit of humor,
as well, because in those sleep-deprived, whathave-I-gotten-myself-into moments, laughter truly can be the best medicine. The content is broken out into four stages – Pregnancy, Birth, Infancy and Toddler – so you can easily find what you need when you need it, and the compact design makes it easy to stash in your purse or diaper bag for quick reference when you are on the go. Many thanks to all who picked up our inaugural issue of OhBaby! To those who are just joining us, we truly hope you will refer to this issue again and again as you enter into this journey they call parenthood. We said it last year, and we’ll say it again: OhBaby… you are in for quite a ride!
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Megan S. Bohrer, Brian â€œPeteâ€? Craig, Hannah Hilliard, Jennifer Thompson
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out & about in INDY
We asked our readers to send in shots of their little ones enjoying their favorite spot in Indy and the response was overwhelming! Here are just a few of the adorable photos we â€‹received.
Benjamin, 2 years Conner Prairie
Zoey, 18 months
Holland Park in Fishers
Emma, 3 years
Carousel at the Indianapolis Zoo
Annie, 3 months
White River State Park
Brooks, 4 years
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
baby names so far in 2017 Trying to choose a baby name? Check out BabyCenter’s list of the top choices so far in 2017. Find the complete list at www.babycenter.com/ baby-names.
Emma Olivia Isabella Ava Sophia
on the cover olivia 14 months
Favorite food(s): bananas, blueberries, strawberries Favorite book: Baby’s First Animal Book, The Itsy Bitsy Spider Favorite sport: soccer (she loves to kick a ball!) Favorite TV show: Splash & Bubbles on PBS kids Favorite toy: her baby doll
Mia Charlotte Amelia Harper Aria
Liam Noah Mason Oliver Elijah
Ethan Lucas Aiden James Logan
Interesting facts: She loves to “drive” her pink Mini Cooper, be outside and walk her two dogs, Phoebe and Sydney. She loves to read and loves to walk up to strangers and say “hi!” Photographer: Hannah Hilliard, hannahhilliard.com
but True: Newborns may cry a lot, but they don’t actually shed tears. Look for those first tears to start flowing between 1 and 3 months.
2,700 No, it’s not the number of things you will worry about the first year of your baby’s life – it is actually the average number of diapers you will change!
Babies are born with roughly 30,000 taste buds that cover the roof, back, and sides of their mouths in addition to their tongue. Adults have about 10,000. At birth, babies have no kneecaps. Kneecaps do not develop completely until after six months. *Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, US Census Bureau, emedicinehealth.com, Randomhistory.com
Athliesurewear. Love those yoga pants? You’re in luck. Wearing active wear just about everywhere is here to stay in 2017! Wearable Tech that Tracks Fertility & Pregnancy: Tracking ovulation and fertility just got a whole lot easier. Wear the Ava Fertility Tracker at night to keep tabs on all of your fertility stats. Once you are pregnant, turn to Bloomlife to monitor contractions.
Nurseries that bring the outdoors in: Greenery
was voted the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017, and nurseries are brimming with this vibrant, yellow-green shade. This gender-neutral color is a perfect complement to the woodland-themed nurseries that are popping up all over Pinterest. *Source: redtri.com
Whether you are looking for that special something for your own bundle of joy or are in search of unique gift ideas, these fun local finds will have everyone saying, “Oh baby!”
Baby Sweet Tooth Freezer safe, eco-friendly teethers can later be added to your child’s play food collection. House of Z, Carmel nurture boutique, Indianapolis $15 each
IN Bloom Poster Add a homegrown touch to baby’s nursery with this bright, 16”x20” poster. United States of Indiana: http://bit.ly/ inbloomposter $25 each (unframed)
My 1st Rainbow Crayon Recycled, non-toxic, chunky crayons are perfect for tiny hands. Art 2 the Extreme: www.art2theextreme. etsy.com nurture boutique, Indianapolis $10 (set of 5)
Yogababy Athleisure clothing made of soft, moisture-wicking fabric is great for the baby on the go. yogababyclothing.com Newborn-5T in styles for boys and girls
WENDY HASSER – 15 WEEKS
Samantha Peterson – 9 WEEKS
How are you feeling this month? Starting to feel back to normal! I’m Craving: Steak ‘n Shake milkshakes
How are you feeling this month? Tired! So So Tired! I’m Craving: Frozen yogurt with fruit
GREER BOWKER – 35 WEEKS
How are you feeling this month? Large and in charge! I’m Craving: Bananas, red onions, and Sour Patch Kids
Jaymie Shook – 30 WEEKS How are you feeling this month? Back pain, but lots of energy I’m Craving: Ice cream, always!
Lindsay RomeRil – 16 WEEKS How are you feeling this month? GREAT! I’m Craving: Ice cream and Lucky Charms cereal
Heather Christofaro – 18 WEEKS How are you feeling this month? Pretty good! I’m Craving: Egg rolls and chips and salsa
Ja’Nette Johnson – 21 WEEKS How are you feeling this month? I have more energy I’m Craving: Strawberry sundae with extra strawberries (from DQ)
Christina Hargrove – 28 WEEKS How are you feeling this month? Great! I’m Craving: Applejuice, salt and vinegar chips, and pineapple
5 tips for choosing
Finding the right fit for your family
words by | Megan Bohrer
As a first-time parent, the thought of leaving your baby with someone else can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five things to consider when choosing the best childcare option for your family:
Choose a setting that works for you
According to Sarah Bailey, inclusion specialist at Child Care Answers, there are three possible settings for childcare in the state of Indiana: an in-home provider, a center, and a ministry. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each as they relate to your family. “What’s best for the family is best for the baby,” said Lauren George, infant and toddler specialist at Early Learning Indiana. In-home childcare providers often offer more flexibility and a more intimate setting; childcare centers typically have a more structured classroom environment, while ministries provide a faith-based setting. There is no one option that is objectively better for baby. As George pointed out, it is the quality of the provider that truly matters.
Consider licensing, certification and ratio
Licensing is the standard for health and safety measures in any childcare setting. According to Bailey, all childcare providers must be licensed (inhome providers and childcare centers) or registered (ministries) by the state of Indiana if they have more than five unrelated children receiving care. Certification goes above and beyond standard licensing requirements. Paths to Quality serves as “Indiana’s statewide rating system for early care and education programs,” according to their website
www.childcareindiana.org. Childcare providers who take part in this voluntary certification program receive access to professional development, training, and knowledge about best practices. When considering ratio, specifically in childcare centers, George noted the ideal for infants is one provider for every three to four infants, while the ideal for toddlers is one adult for every five children.
Visit in person, unannounced
The best way to get a real sense for a childcare provider is to drop by for a visit when the center is operating and children are present. Watch how the providers interact with the children. Bailey suggests parents ask themselves the following questions: “Does it smell good? How are the teachers talking to the children? What do the rooms look like? How does a teacher respond to crying?” She also warns against providers that do not allow daytime or drop-in visits.
Ultimately, Bailey advises parents to focus on whether a childcare provider strives to keep kids safe, clean, and healthy. “Care in the first three years is about relationships,” George added. Look for an environment that is warm and friendly. “Babies cry,” she said, “but every baby in the room shouldn’t be crying.” George also urges parents to drop in without an appointment and look for a setting that is clean, has toys present, relies on a play-based curriculum, and follows safe sleep practices.
Trust your intuition
Leaving your child, especially your first, with a childcare provider ranks among the most difficult of parenting milestones. Although Bailey works in the childcare industry, she admits to having had reservations when her now-20-monthold son went to childcare for the first time. She recommends asking yourself, “Is this a place where my child will be cared for? I need to know that you will love my baby.”
Being anxious is completely normal, but don’t ignore your parental instinct. You will never regret being too careful when it comes to the care of your children. “Trust your gut. You know how you feel when you walk in the door, and you know in your heart if it is the right place to send your baby,” George added.
Turn to the experts
If you have searched and still feel at a loss, or if you are too overwhelmed to even start, turn to the experts for help. Child Care Answers, a program of Early Learning Indiana, offers a free resource and referral service to connect families with childcare. They have even created a “Provider Checklist” for families to use while making their decision. For more information about this organization and their services, visit www.childcareanswers.com. Choosing the right childcare can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, Indianapolis is home to a number of quality childcare options, and with a little research and planning you will soon find the right fit for your family.
BABY REGISTRY 101 Advice from a veteran mom words by | Megan Bohrer
I remember the day like it was yesterday: pregnant with my first child, hand cradling my new baby bump, registry gun in hand...completely overwhelmed. Surely, if all of these products for babies existed, they existed for a reason, and I needed one of everything. Like all firsttime moms, I went a little overboard with the registry because baby stuff is adorable, and shopping without spending money is really, really fun. Five years, three kids and three registries later, here is my advice for new moms.
First child (One of everything) There really should be a “select all” option for new moms. You will want it all, you will register for it all, and you will likely be gifted most of it. Your home will be overflowing with bouncy seats, bottles, pacifiers, onesies, and blankets as far as the eye can see. And as much as I want to tell you to put down that registry gun, I didn’t and you won’t. So, enjoy the excess and whimsy that will only accompany your first child. Having said that, here are a few tips to keep in mind: Approach your registry based on your baby’s major needs: sleeping, eating and pooping. Once you have those functions covered, the rest is just accessorizing. If you plan on having multiple children, register for gender-neutral baby gear. When it comes to linens, register for multiples of your favorite items. You will change crib sheets and changing pad covers more than you care to imagine.
Don’t bother registering for clothing. Yes, you need it, but people tend to skip the registry and buy whatever they think is cute. Resist the temptation to judge your readiness for a baby based on the amount of stuff you have. At the end of the day, you need very little to keep baby healthy and happy. (See my list of must-haves and what to skip on page 21.)
Second child (Been there, done that) Take the registry from your first child and promptly cut it in half. Re-register for items that get a lot of wear and tear such as towels, washcloths, and bed linens. You will also want to seize the opportunity to ask for items you wish you had the first time around. With a smaller registry, you are likely to get exactly what you want.
Third child (The bare necessities) If you register with your third child (baby showers typically stop after baby number two), or are simply making a wish list for friends and family, heed the advice of moms of multiple children everywhere and simply tell everyone you want diapers and wipes. When your hospital stash runs out (oh, in about a week) you will not regret putting these staples on your registry. Now is also a great time to check the expiration date on your car seat (yes, they do expire) and to make sure all of your big ticket items are still in great shape. While you are at it, go ahead and live a little and register for a few cute items like that over-pricedbut-oh-so-cute diaper bag. Just because you are an old pro at this whole motherhood thing doesn’t mean you still can’t have some fun!
Megan’s must-haves (And what to skip)
Can’t live without
Car Seat: Because they won’t let you leave the hospital without one, and because you will eventually want to leave the house again. Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play: Register for one for each room of your house. No seriously, do it. It can soothe even the fussiest baby. It changed my life. Boppy Pillow: Great for nursing, bottle-feeding, tummy time, assisted seating, etc. Muslin swaddling blankets: Super versatile! Use as a blanket, swaddler, burp cloth, changing pad, and all-purpose baby mess cleaning cloth. 10 one-piece zip front sleep ‘n play outfits: Because no one wants to mess with buttons at 4 a.m. Two per weekday means laundry isn’t a daily necessity. Bouncy seat: It’s hard to believe at the beginning, but eventually you will want to put that adorable baby down. Diapers & wipes Hand sanitizer
Nice, but not necessary Play mat
Breast pump, milk storage bags and a hands-free pumping bra (if you plan to breastfeed)
Baby bath Swing
Drying rack for bottles Rocker/recliner for nursery Hooded bath towels
Just don’t do it Bottle and/or wipe warmers: Once that baby’s bottom encounters a warm wipe, the precedent has been established, and there’s no going back. Same for the bottle. Pee-Pee Teepees: They don’t work. Trust me. Bedding sets for cribs: Not only are these really just unnecessary, but best practices for safe sleep actually recommend avoiding crib bumpers or anything other than a bare, fitted sheet. Newborn hats: You will receive at least twenty. You will put one on your baby’s head before they no longer fit.
pregnancy I really look forward to my daily dose of coffee every morning. Now that I am pregnant, do I need to give up coffee completely? Always ask your doctor first; that is the best place to start. Most believe that a cup (8 ounces) of coffee a day is not harmful to your baby. I suggest to expectant moms that they have a blend of decaf and regular if that helps ease their mind. It also allows for another cup later in the morning or day! Erin Neu RN, BSN OB Nurse Navigator, Franciscan Health
I am an avid runner and I just found out I am 8 weeks pregnant. Is it safe for me to continue my daily run? And if so, at what point in my pregnancy will I need to stop running? Well, first congratulations for taking the necessary steps to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you that will likely be translated to your unborn baby. Running is safe in pregnancy. As a general rule, it is best to slow your pace slightly in an attempt to account for the increased changes in your cardiovascular system. Once your balance becomes an issue, which is usually later in the 3rd trimester, your running may turn into a slow jog. It is however recommended to continue to get 30 minutes of moderately strenuous exercise daily throughout your entire pregnancy. Tronya Hawkins, MD, FACOG St. Vincent Medical Group OB/GYN
I am 13 weeks pregnant and I am experiencing cramping that feels a lot like menstrual cramps. Is this normal? Cramping in the first and early second trimester can be quite normal. I like to think of them as â€œgrowing painsâ€? as your uterus expands to allow room for your growing baby. You should call your doctor if the pain is severe or accompanied by bleeding. Dr. Rachel Leland Community Physicians Network OB/Gyn
baby’s first Tips for planning a newborn photo session
words by | Hannah Hilliard
The first few weeks of your baby’s life will be a whirlwind of activity and emotion. One of the best ways to capture these fleeting moments is to schedule a newborn photo session. Follow these tips to plan a session that will preserve those first memories for years to come. Plan ahead There are many babies born each day and newborn photographers are busy capturing those precious first moments, many booking out months in advance. It is important to plan ahead and begin contacting newborn photographers before the end of your pregnancy in order to secure a spot on their calendar.
Choose your style When choosing a photographer, opt for one whose portfolio features a style you enjoy, as your photos will likely have a similar look and feel. Most photographers will allow you to select the color scheme for your session and some will allow you to bring your own props or special family items. Photographers typically also offer their own props including backdrops, hats, headbands, and cute newborn outfits. Discuss your options beforehand to ensure the end result will match your vision.
Set a budget As with anything, the price of newborn photography varies widely. Remember, the most important thing to consider is your baby’s safety. Working with an experienced newborn photographer is generally a safer option, but may come with a higher price tag. You will only have professional newborn photos taken once, so keep this in mind when setting a budget you are comfortable with.
Find the ideal timing Newborn sessions are typically scheduled within the first two weeks of life to capture those adorable baby rolls, squishy cheeks and curled up poses. After 16 to 17 days, babies are alert and active for longer periods of time making newborn sessions more difficult for all. If your baby is born early, your session can still be completed once baby is home from the hospital.
Come prepared Your photographer may suggest a morning newborn session, as babies seem to sleep well around this time. You will want to bring your baby to the session with a full belly, but also be prepared for several feedings, as a session can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Important items to bring include a baby blanket, diapers, wipes, burp cloth, and extra bottles and pacifiers. If you plan to bring siblings to the session, consider bringing quiet activities to keep them occupied.
Discuss your options Some families prefer a lifestyle, or more natural, session in their home that captures the love and emotion surrounding the newest member of the family. Others prefer a studio session with sleepy and posed newborn photos. These options can also overlap – with posed photos taken in the home and lifestyle sessions conducted at the studio. Family or sibling photos may be done at the beginning or end of your session, or you may prefer to simply focus on your newborn. Be sure to discuss all of the options with your photographer in order to capture the memories that are most important to your family. Above all, relax. Your baby’s newborn photo session should be a stressfree time when you can focus on preserving this important milestone in your family’s life. Hannah Hilliard, of Hannah Hilliard Photography, has been capturing Indianapolis’ and surrounding newborns and their siblings for many years. Her studio style using organic and soft textures to capture the fresh essence of her smallest clients has been recognized around the nation. While ensuring a safe environment for each baby, she creates adorable, sleepy poses that capture the love and emotion with siblings and families.
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creating a birth plan What you need to know about this important document words by | Megan Bohrer
Giving birth is a momentous occasion, but it isn’t always a simple or predictable one. Many expectant mothers are making the choice to be proactive by understanding their options and creating a birth plan in preparation for the big day. What is a birth plan and who should create one? A birth plan is a statement in which an expectant mother expresses her preferences, wishes, and vision for the birth of her child. It can address a variety of topics – from the ambience of the room to the use of pain medication to limitations on medical interventions. Birth plans can be as informal as a handwritten list of hopes for labor, or more formal in nature, such as a statement that would be included in a woman’s medical chart. Birth plans are as unique as the mothers who create them. “Women today like to feel more in control of their experience and are very confident sharing their wishes,” explained Erin Neu, RN, BSN, an OB Nurse Navigator at Franciscan Health Family Birth Center. Indianapolis mother of two, Stacey Stover, is an excellent example. She chose to have a birth plan “just to make sure that I’d thought through all my options and my preferences.” Despite the widely held belief that birth plans are only useful for certain types of births, there are options and decisions to consider in every scenario.
“Birth plans are not only for non-medicated births but for all situations, in some cases even a planned C-section delivery,” Neu said.
How to get started “Have one big goal in mind,” Stover advised. “Keep that as your goal and create details that support that goal.” There are a lot of “what ifs” when it comes to having a baby. Focusing on the things that are most important to you will keep you from becoming overwhelmed. Also, be sure to communicate your plan to all parties involved in your care ahead of time. Neu suggests meeting with a nurse navigator or similar health professional to start creating your birth plan and to help make decisions consistent with your delivery location. She added that this also allows you to find out ahead of time if any items on your birth plan cannot be accommodated, giving you time to consider other options.
What to do when plans change (and they will) Neu likes to “work with parents on a birth ‘wish list’ instead of a birth plan.” As she pointed out, “Wishes are what a family hopes for, and plans can sometimes go astray.” She urges parents to not feel defeated when the plan changes and to remain flexible. Neither of Stover’s births went according to plan. She had to be induced with her first child and required more intervention than she hoped she
would need. Her second daughter was born about 20 minutes after she arrived at the hospital. Two daughters and two very different birth experiences later, she is still happy she created a birth plan to help guide her.
Focus on the end goal
“I encourage all those moms to remember that they are amazing no matter how their birth went. Growing a kid and getting them into the world is quite an accomplishment no matter how it happens!” Stover said. And although both of her births were different than what she imagined, she said, “I am proud and happy that I achieved my overall goal.” Neu acknowledges the importance of birth plans to help parents feel in control and also reminds new parents of the end goal, which is “always a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and a healthy baby and mom.”
Common Birth Plan Requests* Low lights in the delivery room Calm music playing No medication No running IV fluids Intermittent fetal monitoring Mobility during labor Bathtub during labor Use of labor ball and alternative positioning No episiotomy Delayed cord clamping Skin to skin contact immediately after birth Significant other to cut umbilical cord Delayed weights, measurements, and bath Exclusive breastfeeding Infant to “room in” with parents *Remember, each birth plan is unique and should be discussed with a doctor or provider. Source: Input from Erin Neu, RN, BSN and sample birth plans
what I didn’t expect
when I was expecting
Members of the OhBaby! team share their pregnancy stories
What I didn’t expect when I was expecting: I had heard of morning sickness and believed that terminology to be true, so when I started feeling sick I thought it would only last a few hours. Oh no. It was more like constant sickness. Morning sickness was just like the tipoff in basketball – it got things started, but there was still a whole lot more to follow. I also didn’t expect that the only thing that would satisfy when I felt that way would be 5-way chili from Steak ‘n Shake and mashed potatoes. Lots and lots of mashed potatoes.
You’ve taken the classes, read the baby books, scoured the web, and you are ready for anything pregnancy throws your way… until the unexpected happens. And it will. On the bright side, those little surprises are what make your pregnancy unique, and are often what you cherish (or laugh about) most once your baby is born. To test this theory, we reached out to a few members of the OhBaby team and asked them to share what they didn’t expect when they were expecting. Here is how they answered.
Jennifer Thompson, Contributing Writer
I did not expect my last month of pregnancy to be like a scene out of Alien. Those first few baby kicks and bouts of hiccups in the early months were precious. When tiny feet and elbows started protruding from my belly…let’s just say I wasn’t prepared for that. Karen Ring, Editor OhBaby! Indy
Before I had children I had a strong suspicion that pregnancy cravings were exaggerated in movies and perhaps even perpetuated by ice cream and pickle manufacturers. Then I became pregnant with my first child and I woke every morning and went to sleep every night with one thing on my mind...watermelon. Thankfully, I lived in Florida at the time, so when I sent my husband to the grocery store every evening, he was able to come back with the fresh fruit. Sure, I indulged on an occasional sundae, but not a day went by in my pregnancy when I didn’t crave (and eat) watermelon. We dressed my daughter, now almost five years old, as a watermelon for her first Halloween, and to this day she attributes her love of watermelon to my cravings.
Being pregnant with twins, I had prepared myself for the possibility of going into labor early, being on bed rest, delivering by C-section or having preemies. What I didn’t expect was going all the way to 39 weeks of pregnancy, having an uncomplicated labor and delivery and both babies weighing in at over six pounds each with no health issues. That was 17 years ago and to this day, I can’t believe how fortunate I was to have such a positive experience bringing my twins into the world. Susan Bryant, Editor Indy’s Child
What I didn’t expect when (my wife) was expecting:
Megan Bohrer, Contributing Writer
Being a first time mom, I had taken all the classes and heard just about everyone’s labor story–and there was always more emphasis on how LONG their labor was with their first baby. So when my contractions started one evening, I was expecting it to be quite the long night. For me, it was the exact opposite... after my husband rushed home from work in excitement, we were at our house for not even two hours before we had to call our doctor and let him know how close the contractions had become (even he was shocked). After a whirlwind of just three more hours and two pushes, our sweet girl made her debut! Looking back, I still cannot believe how fast everything went (and how lucky I really was)!
I didn’t expect MY eating habits to change quite as much as they did during my wife’s pregnancy. One day ketchup was fine to have at the table, the next, BOOM, no ketchup or tomato related products allowed for the duration of her pregnancy. The food quirks of my wife’s pregnancy did have some advantages too. We started eating gallons of ice cream each week. I was loving it. I remember being so sad after returning from my first trip to the grocery store after our daughter was born – I had a gallon of ice cream under each arm, when my wife told me she no longer craved ice cream. That was ten years ago, and ice cream hasn’t made its way back on to our grocery list since. Brian “Pete” Craig, Contributing Writer
Katie Clark, Creative Director OhBaby! Indy OhBaby!
birth I am pregnant with my second child and my doctor has given me the option of trying for a vaginal birth after having a cesarean with my first. Are there risks involved and, if so, is it worth it to try? As with any delivery, our dreams of a â€œnormal deliveryâ€? can change at any moment. First, a decision does not have to be made right away. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits, ask family or friends who may have had similar circumstances, and consider taking a class for moms hoping for a vaginal delivery after a previous cesarean delivery. Many hospitals and birth centers offer one and they are very helpful with making a decision. Secondly, if you should decide on a vaginal delivery, most likely your physician will support your decision should you change your mind, even during labor. Lastly, just breathe. Often baby will make the decision on how he or she wants to be born. Again be sure to discuss with your doctor as every pregnancy and delivery are different and remember the goal is a healthy baby and a healthy mom! Erin Neu RN, BSN OB Nurse Navigator, Franciscan Health
I am nearing the 40-week mark in my pregnancy with no signs of labor. I would really like to avoid being induced. Is there anything I can do to help promote labor? Prompting or initiating labor at home is one of the age-old mysteries of our time. There has yet to be a consistent process that effectively kick starts labor. As a healthcare professional, I cannot give any evidencebased techniques that will start the ball rolling. As for when I was a mother nearing forty weeks, I chose to use almost anything I could find from friends and family. There is some benefit to sex during this time as semen carries similar hormones to those in the medicines we use to start labor. Walking, eating spicy or highly acidic foods or drinking red raspberry leaf tea have been tossed around as possibilities. These do not harm the baby, so go for it! Tronya Hawkins, MD, FACOG St. Vincent Medical Group OB/GYN
I know eating is usually frowned upon once you are in labor. Is it ok to grab a bite to eat on the way to the hospital? This answer will be very different based on your specific circumstances, so ask your doctor to be sure. If you have never had a uterine surgery and do not have other risk factors, eating something small may be fine. It is normal for women to develop nausea and vomiting during the course of labor, and a full stomach may not be so welcome as your labor progresses, so keep it light. Dr. Rachel Leland Community Physicians Network OB/Gyn
baby’s first trip to the
words by | Karen Ring
Setting the stage for a healthy smile
Your child’s life will be filled with firsts: first steps, first words, and, of course, the first trip to the dentist. While the thought of scheduling a dental exam for your little one may be the furthest thing from your mind, it is important to keep those tiny teeth (and gums) healthy from the very beginning. We reached out to some area dentists to gain a better understanding of the ideal timing for a first visit and what you can expect. When to go The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit within 6 months after the first tooth erupts or no later than the child’s first birthday. “Though this may seem early, 40% of toddlers between two and three have some inflammation of the gums and/or cavities,” said Ashley Thurman, EFDA, team coordinator with Children’s Dental Center. “It is also a perfect time to establish a dental home for the child and get advice on eruption patterns, tooth cleaning, pacifiers, fluoride and preventing tooth injuries for young walkers.”
Dr. Katie Nichols with Carmel Pediatric Dentistry added that establishing a dental home by age one sets the tone for lifelong dental health. “A ‘dental home’ means that your child’s oral health care is delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered way. Establishing a dental home early allows your child to build confidence in the dental office setting and allows the dental team to build a lasting relationship with you and your child,” she said.
How to choose a dentist While a parent’s first instinct may be to take their child to their own dentist, it is worth weighing the benefits of choosing a pediatric dentist. Both pediatric dentists and general dentists share the BOTTOM RIGHT: Lap-to-lap exam, Dr. Katie Nichols of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry
common goal of keeping children’s mouths healthy, and, according to Thurman, they often work hand in hand to meet that goal. While general dentists are qualified to work with patients of all ages, pediatric dentists are required to obtain additional training that focuses on the specific dental needs of growing children. “Pediatric dentists are essentially the pediatricians of dentistry and have had at least two to three years of specialty training following dental school, qualifying them to deal with the behavioral aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable, and how to make the dental experience a pleasant one,” explained Courtney Bradshaw, LDH, practice ambassador with Fishers Pediatric Dentistry. If parents prefer to stick with their current dentist, they should begin by asking the recommended age for a child’s first visit. “You are in the right place if they answer, ‘no later than 12 months of age’. This means your dentist is up-to-date with the current AAPD recommendations and guidelines for infant/ toddler care,” stated Katherine Blair Jones, DMD, MSD with KidzSmile Dentistry. *continued on page 34
What to expect Parents should expect their child’s first visit to be relatively quick and easy. “The majority of your first visit will be spent educating you, the parent, on a variety of children’s oral health topics, including brushing techniques for toddlers and infants, proper use of fluoride, oral habits (i.e. pacifiers and thumb sucking), ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth, teething and milestones of development, and dietary habits that may be putting your child at risk for cavities,” Nichols explained.
emotions in check. Parents should also discuss the visit ahead of time. “Read books about going to the dentist and watch fun, educational videos on YouTube. Visit your dentist office’s website so the faces are familiar or even stop by for a tour prior to your child’s first appointment,” Bradshaw recommended. Role-playing is also helpful. “You and your child can have a pretend first visit where you practice opening/ closing your mouth, sticking out your tongue, counting teeth, and brushing,” Jones suggested.
During the actual exam, parents are typically able to hold their child, and many pediatric dentists use what is known as a lap-to-lap position in which the child faces their parent with their head placed in the dentist’s lap. “This allows the dentist to thoroughly examine the infant’s teeth while the child remains comfortable seeing the familiar face of the parent,” Jones explained.
Even with preparation, Jones advises parents to expect some fussing. “It is age-appropriate for young children to wiggle, fuss, cry, and whine at their first visit. The dentist and staff are trained and equipped to handle these responses and make the best out of each visit. So stay positive and be reassuring to your child that going to the dentist is fun, easy, and important,” she added.
How to get started on the RIGHT foot
When it comes to dental health, prevention is key. Establishing a dental home by your child’s first birthday will set the stage for a healthy smile and a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
Remember, your child has no preconceived notion of what to expect at the dentist, and will be taking cues from you. It is therefore important to keep your own
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Planning Baby’s First Birthday Party words by | Jennifer Thompson
Before you know it, that sweet bundle of joy you brought home from the hospital will be turning one. Whether your plans include a huge birthday bash or a small family affair, here are a few tips to ensure your baby’s first birthday is everything you hope it will be. Creating the guest list Deciding who to invite isn’t as easy as it sounds. Some people are a given – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close family friends. What about friends from story time? Or friends you don’t see very often? Where the party is held often dictates the size of the guest list. Do you want the party to be intimate or large? Structured or more of an open house? Once you and your significant other have reached common ground on these points, you will have a better idea of who will make the cut.
Preserve the moment: Ask guests to bring newspapers, photos, mementos and notes with hopes for your child’s future to assemble in a time capsule that your child can open on her 18th birthday.
Location, location, location Now that your guest list is in place, you will want to ensure the venue you choose offers ample space. Hosting in your own home adds a personal touch. However, if you want to avoid the work that comes with throwing a party at home, there are plenty of other options, including community centers, local parks, splash pads and pools, and places that specialize in children’s parties (see “Birthday Venues for Little Ones” on page 37).
What to serve your guests If the party takes place during lunch or dinner hours, it is best to feed your guests some type of meal. If it is during an off time (like 1:00-3:00 p.m.), you have some wiggle room and could serve snacks and cake, or just cake and ice cream. It is always a good idea to let your guests know what to expect – the last thing you want is to prepare a meal and have your guests show up full because they weren’t sure if food would be served (or vice versa).
Baby’s first cake
First birthdays and cake smashing go hand in hand. During this messy ritual, cake is placed in front of the guest of honor…and the rest is history. Some things to consider for this photo-worthy moment:
You will want to gear any games toward younger children. Try classic games like Pin the Nose or activities like freeze dance, sidewalk chalk, blowing bubbles, story time or even a kid parade with musical instruments and streamers.
Have a big cake for the guests and a small personal cake (or cupcake) for the birthday boy or girl.
It is a messy moment. Consider taking off your little one’s party outfit first (you can find a cute bib for the occasion!) If you are inside, you may want to place something under the highchair to catch the fallout.
Decorations If hosting at a venue, check to see if they provide decorations or if outside decorations are allowed. For home parties, there are plenty of options. Consider creating a slide show of photos from baby’s first year that plays during the party or fill the house with helium balloons that guests can take home. Pinterest is a great source of ideas.
Enlist parents to help their child make a craft they can take home. If you decide to do a kid parade, opt for simple handmade instruments. Or have the kids decorate a frame and let them know you will send a picture from the party to fill the frame. As with any party, there may be stressful moments. Just remember, if something doesn’t go as planned your child won’t know the difference. So take a deep breath, relax and have fun celebrating your little one’s first year of life!
Birthday Venues for Little Ones Gymboree Play & Music Locations in Greenwood and Carmel specialize in parties for 1st through 5th birthdays. www.gymboreeclasses.com The Children’s Museum OF INDIANAPOLIS The museum’s brightly colored party room, complete with throne chair, makes any birthday special. www.childrensmuseum.org Goldfish Swim School Enjoy a swim-filled celebration complete with all the party trimmings at Goldfish locations in Carmel and Fishers. www.goldfishswimschool.com Rhythm! Discovery Center Nothing says party like a room full of toddlers and percussion instruments! www.rhythmdiscoverycenter.org The Urban Chalkboard This adorable play café offers both private and semiprivate party options perfect for the youngest partygoers. www.theurbanchalkboard.com
FIRST LIBRARY Area librarians share their top picks for little ones It is never too early to encourage a love of reading. With so many children’s books from which to choose, it can be difficult to know where to begin. We reached out to area librarians to get their advice on the best books for baby. What we received was a comprehensive list of suggestions perfect for building baby’s first library.
Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells This is a lovely short book that speaks in support of reading at any age. “Read to your bunny every day... and your bunny will read to you.”
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox Very diverse using babies from all countries and circumstances. This book points out that regardless of what is different about the circumstances, “every little baby, as everyone knows, has ten little fingers and ten little toes.” Available in English and English/ Spanish
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
For baby’s first library, I like books that are simple in their text choice (not too wordy), have fun pictures, and perhaps start to introduce a concept to a little one.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr.
Just about anything by Sondra Boynton, favorites being Moo, Baa,La,La,La; The Going to Bed Book; Horns to Toes; Opposites; But Not the Hippopotamus. Sondra Boynton appeals to her audience because she speaks with the perspective of a child. She is simple and direct and has a wonderful sense of fun.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle I also like books that have a repetitive quality (the above titles do as well) because it helps to build vocabulary by hearing words over and over again.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan
Busy Timmy by Eloise Wilkin
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Wood
Collection Development Librarian The Indianapolis Public Library
This title is for a child who is one or older. It talks all about all the things that Timmy can do now and is very encouraging about growing up and taking on grown up tasks like feeding himself, getting himself dressed, climbing into bed all by himself, etc. It has been a family favorite for three generations now. The pictures are a little dated, but not the text.
Susan G. Barhan Children’s Librarian / Volunteer
This book can set an example for parents in speaking with their child from day one. “I love your top side, I love your bottom side. I love your inside and your outside.” Etc. It is also in Spanish on the same page.
Coordinator Indianapolis Public Library Southport Branch
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Look Look Outside by Peter Linenthal
Child says goodnight to all the things in the bedroom.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See
This black and white book makes an ideal board book for babies that offers high-contrast images for an infant’s developing eyes.
by Bill Martin Jr
When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horacek
A picture book that uses repetition to answer what each character is seeing.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Child wants a pet and writes to the zoo. The zoo sends a variety of animals until finally they send the perfect pet.
This book is about a small blue truck that receives help from his animal friends. Counting Peas by Rosemary Wells
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill In this lift-the-flap book, Spot the dog is missing and his mother is looking for him throughout the house.
A joyful and fun-to-read-aloud exploration of messy eating and learning to count. Part of the Baby Max and Ruby series, and a great place to start with these classic characters.
We’ve All Got Bellybuttons by David Martin
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle Spider decides to make a web and is too busy spinning to join the other animals until it is time to catch a fly.
This warm, clever counting book will bring smiles all around as the moon lights the stars, one by one.
A bright, lively and engaging way to introduce children to their hands, feet and (ticklish) bellybuttons. This is a wonderfully interactive book for sharing with children you love!
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
A poetic tribute to berries and jam!
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Big, beautiful illustrations combine with sweet prose in this wonderful exploration of colors and the bond between parents and children.
This book takes the “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” rhyme to a whole new level!
Naked! by Michael Ian Black
I Went Walking by Sue Williams Child goes for a walk and meets animals along the way.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
This classic story should find a place in any child’s keepsake library.
Supervising Librarian Indianapolis Public Library Franklin Road Branch
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
First 100 Words board book by Roger Priddy This book has great pictures to build your little one’s vocabulary and teach them about their world.
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
As your child gets more dexterous, he or she can lift the flaps of the book to see where sneaky Spot really is hiding.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that his love is returned even more.
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt The original touch-and-feel book that has been entertaining babies for over 60 years.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr
This is a simple rhyming book for young children, and the essential introduction to Dr. Seuss.
In this book, children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.
Press Here by Herve Tullet This book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next!
For the child who thinks the best part of bathtime is streaking around the house naked! A cute and lively exploration of this simple pleasure as experienced by one imaginative child.
Molly Mrozowski, Julie Armstrong and Roberta O’Boyle
Noblesville Public Library Youth Services
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet
Higher, Higher! by Lisa Patricelli
The fuzzy, rough, bumpy, and smooth surprises on each page will delight your baby and develop her sense of touch!
The facial expressions on the girl in this story are priceless. Her sky-high adventures as her father pushes her in the swing will spur your child’s imagination as well!
Time for Bed by Mem Fox After saying goodnight to each of the animals in this sweet, repetitive story, your baby will be ready for sweet dreams too.
Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton Babies cannot have enough books by Sandra Boynton. The illustrations are hilarious, and when you and your baby make the animal sounds together, you are encouraging him to babble and eventually talk.
Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz Babies love lift-the-flap books, and this one is among the best. Karen Katz has written many, many wonderful books for this age group.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle This book is full of rich vocabulary words, and gives your baby plenty of opportunities to count colorful objects.
I Love Trucks by Philmon Sturges
Your baby will recognize many of the trucks in this book from her own neighborhood. The deceptively simple illustrations will give you and your baby plenty to talk about! Sturges’ other books (I Love Trains!, I Love Bugs!, etc.) are also terrific for babies.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This classic story has it all – soothing text that rhymes, with simple illustrations that alternate in color and black and white. See if your baby can find the little mouse on each of the colorful pages!
Children’s Librarian Carmel Clay Public Library
infancy What are some building blocks for language development with my baby?
At what age should I introduce my baby to a sippy cup?
Language development begins in the womb. You can begin developing building blocks by talking and singing to your baby before he is even born! When your child arrives, you can continue those building blocks by using a sing-song voice and responding to his sweet oohs and coos in meaningful and loving ways.
Around 9 months, you can introduce a cup instead of a bottle. You can put formula in a cup. Whole fruits and vegetables are much better for kids than juice. Even â€œ100% juiceâ€? contains a lot of sugars, which can lead to excess weight gain and tooth decay. Babies under one do not need water and too much can actually be harmful for them.
Kelli Lynch, MA, LSLS Cert AVEd St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
Since giving birth to my first baby 6 weeks ago, I have had a hard time focusing or sitting still because I am constantly worried that something is wrong with the baby or that I am doing something wrong. I have never felt this kind of anxiety before. Is this normal for new mothers?
Liz Moore, MD, FAAP and Vicki Roe, MD, FAAP Board Certified Pediatricians at Northpoint Pediatrics
Having your first baby means that you have wandered into unchartered territory. This can lead to feelings of anxiety that you might not have experienced before. Postpartum adjustment can be overwhelming due to a variety of factors. These include hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation, fears of caring for a baby, lack of bonding with baby or relationship differences between you and your partner. This is to be expected and is considered normal. However, if your anxious feelings extend beyond the expected, then it is necessary to seek professional help. Talk to your loved ones about the stress you are experiencing and allow them to help you. Take time to rest and eat well. Taking care of yourself is as equally important as taking care of your baby. Shannon Loehr, MSW, LCSW, Northside Mental Health
toddler-friendly playgrounds in indy
The transition from baby to toddler happens in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, your bundle of joy will be running, jumping, and climbing on everything in sight. If you need to give your furniture (and your sanity!) a break, you are in luck. Indianapolis is home to a number of toddler-friendly playgrounds – both outdoors and indoors – that are perfect for burning off that excess energy. Here are a few of our favorites: Roy G. Holland Park One Park Drive, Fishers
This Fishers favorite offers both a large play structure for older children and a smaller, toddlerfriendly area where the younger set can feel safe to explore. Rubber safety surfacing is a nice touch for newly mobile visitors. There is also a splash pad on
site that is activated in four-minute cycles by hitting the orange posts at each end of the pad – added fun for little ones who are just discovering cause and effect. Hours: Daily, dawn until dusk
West Commons Playground 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel
Carmel’s newest playground at Central Park offers 25,000 square feet of climbing, swinging, sliding, and water play. There are two specific zones for age-appropriate play: one for 2-5 years and another for 5-12 years. Both feature a futuristic design that sparks the imagination. There is also a splash pad located in an adjacent but separately contained zone. Shade structures and benches scattered throughout the grounds are great for taking a break from the sun. Hours: Daily, dawn until dusk
RIGHT: Carmel Park West Commons Playground and Splash Pad (LEFT)
6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis The toddler area of this massive playground sits right in the center of the larger play structures and is fenced, with the exception of the entrance, making it easier to keep tabs on children who tend to run. If being so close to the larger play area is too much temptation for your toddler, head to the nearby nature center, which houses 13,000 square feet of free, hands-on, discovery-based activities perfect for young explorers. Park Hours: Daily, dawn until dusk Nature Center Hours: Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Greenwood Community Center, 100 Surina Way, Greenwood Young visitors to the recently renovated community center will love Kid City, a two-story, indoor play zone featuring STEAM-focused activity centers. Little ones will delight in the three-dimensional climbing sculptures, play kitchen and building stations. Step outdoors to enjoy an enchanting musical garden. Children 12 months and younger are free; children 13 months to 15 years are just $4 for a day of play. Or purchase a punch card and receive 10 visits for just $35. (Accompanying adults are free.) Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday to Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Play Place at Lakeview Christian Church 47 Beachway Drive, Indianapolis
This free indoor play area is relatively compact and features a setup that makes it easy for parents to follow along with little ones who are new to climbing and navigating stairs. A pint-sized rock wall and Little Tikes Treehouse appeal to the younger crowd, and parents will appreciate the rubber-cushioned floor and easily accessible bathroom. Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
ABOVE: Playscape at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Playland at Brookville Road Community Church 7840 West US 52, New Palestine
This padded playground features slides, tunnels, and an area devoted specifically to children under two. This compact space is also limited to children in third grade and younger, which is nice for little ones. There is also an eating area outside the Playland doors that is the perfect place to take a lunch or snack break. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday 1-5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-noon
Playscape at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis Playscape at The Children’s Museum is the perfect place for the younger set to learn through sensory exploration. The space was created specifically for children 5 and under, and there are separate areas for toddlers and babies, with a climbing pod, sand area, water play and much more. Playscape is completely family friendly, too, with amenities like private nursing areas, family restrooms, and diaperchanging stations. Entrance is included with paid general admission and is free for members. Hours: Children’s Museum hours. Visit childrensmuseum.org for details.
NOTE: Hours may be subject to change. We recommend calling in advance to confirm operating hours.
sign up & SAVE Three family memberships worth the investment When it comes to saving money, family memberships can be a wise investment. Here are three that offer tremendous bang for your buck.
Cost: A Family Basic membership (2 adults sharing the same household + dependents 21 and under) is $150 for the year. There are also options to add guests or grandparents for an additional fee. For more information, visit: www.indianapoliszoo.com/
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis “Me time” can be the saving grace for new parents, and a YMCA membership is a great way to score those precious solo hours. A YMCA household membership not only gives you access to a range of classes – from cardio hip hop to group cycling – it also provides you with two free hours of childcare per day in the YMCA Play & Learn Centers. With the average babysitting rate at just over $10/hour, that is quite a perk. Your tot will be well cared for and entertained. You’ll get a break. It’s a win-win! Cost: Household rates (2 adults sharing the same household + dependents) start at $70/month and offer unlimited access to 12 facilities throughout greater Indianapolis. Sliding scale fees and military discounts are also available to those who qualify.
The Indianapolis Zoo From exploring the animal habitats to burning off energy at the playground (and splash pad in the summer months) to strolling the gorgeous gardens – outings to the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens never get old. An annual membership offers you the flexibility to visit the zoo on your own terms –whether you plan to stay the entire day or simply want to get out for a few hours. In addition to general admission, membership includes free parking, access to members-only events, as well as discounts in the gift shop, on guest admission, classes, and summer camps.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis From Dinosphere to Playscape to extraordinary exhibits like the current Circus – Starring You! there is never a dull moment at The Children’s Museum. Membership allows you to pay once and visit all year long. Additional benefits include free carousel rides, exclusive members-only events, advance tickets for Lilly Theater shows and discounts on programs and special events. Cost: Basic Membership (two adults sharing the same household + dependents under 21 or all unmarried grandchildren under 21 for the Grandparent Pass) is $169 for the year. There are also options to add guests or grandparents for an additional fee. For more information, visit:
toddler Our daughter is 13 months old and we have still not heard her utter her first word. Should we be concerned? When asked this question, I immediately ask a number of follow up questions regarding the child’s overall development and the mother’s pregnancy and delivery. Specifically, I ask questions in relation to the child meeting his or her earlier speech, language, social, play, and feeding milestones (e.g., babbling, use of gesture such as a point, responsiveness to his/her name, etc.). There is a wide range of what is normal in development, so alone, this would not be cause for concern yet. If, however, the child has been delayed and/or there is a medical reason (i.e., diagnosed with a condition that is associated with speech and language delays) then it is recommended the parent speak with the child’s medical provider, express those concerns and ask for a referral for an evaluation from a certified speech language pathologist. For more information, please visit the American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s website at www.asha.org. Erin Colone Peabody, M.A., CCC-SLP Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Indiana University Bloomington
I have been home with our son (now 18 months) since he was born and the time has come for me to return to work. We found a childcare center that we love, but our son melts down every time we drop him off. Is there
anything we can do to make drop off less stressful for him (and for us)? Drop offs can be a challenge for the whole family! Many families find that regular routines minimize morning meltdowns. Going slow and keeping grownup feelings in check allows our little ones to stay calm. When you arrive, take time to play together. As you read a book or build a tower, talk about when you will leave, “I will say ‘goodbye’ in 10 minutes.” Prior to leaving, share when you will return: “I will be back after you take a nap.” Navigating this transition offers a chance to partner with your son’s teacher. So chat with center staff about your plans for making drop off easy. Amy Healton, Director of Statewide Family Support Services Partnerships for Early Learners
Are there any telltale signs parents should look for when trying to determine if a rash warrants a trip to the doctor? Parents should be advised to call their pediatrician for any rash that covers most of the body; is accompanied by swelling, fever, wheezing or other difficulty breathing, or nausea; any skin reaction near the eyes or mouth; any very painful skin reaction; excessive itching; or muscle and joint pain after a rash develops. Source: Northpoint Pediatrics Summer Rash Survival Guide