A Booklet for New Parents

Outline of Contents:

I.                   Congratulations on your new baby!

a.       Baby information page (name, gender, birth date, blood type, doctor’s name, doctor’s numbers, birth weight, birth length, distinguishing marks, etc.)

b.      A short message of congratulations and encouragement for the new parents

II.                Baby’s growth for weight and height

a.       A graph which plots the weight and height that a baby may reach over the first 6 months, with a line plotting the normal weight and height gain.

b.      A guide for plotting and computing the baby’s weight and height.

III.             Immunization Chart

a.       A short guide for the required immunizations for the initial six months and beyond

b.      An immunization chart with blanks for dates and appointments

IV.             Your baby’s milestones – what to expect when this particular month comes around

a.       1st month – good hearing

b.      2nd month – active kicking and movement

c.       3rd month – development of eyesight

d.      4th month – strengthening of body muscles

e.       5th month – small sounds and noises

f.       6th month – ready for solids

V.                Caring for your baby

a.       Baby necessities – this section will outline the various equipment needed for caring for a baby including feeding bottles, clothes, diapers, etc.

b.      Feeding

                                                              i.      Breast or Bottle? – this section will provide introduction for the parents in choosing to fed their baby by breast or bottle, outlining various advantages and disadvantages for both options

                                                            ii.      Breastfeeding – this section will provide relevant information for mothers who wish to breastfeed their children along with appropriate techniques for increasing and storing breast milk

                                                          iii.      Bottle feeding – this section will provide relevant information for parents who wish to feed the baby through bottles using infant formula or other milk sources

c.       Bathing your baby

                                                              i.      1-3 months

                                                            ii.      3-6 months

d.      Touch

                                                              i.      The importance of touch to a baby especially in the first 6 months

                                                            ii.      Different baby massages

e.       Talking

                                                              i.      Your baby’s hearing development

                                                            ii.      The importance of speaking to your baby

                                                          iii.      To baby talk or not to baby talk

VI.             Things to watch out for

a.       Various common baby illnesses and sickness – this section will outline different conditions that the baby may experience during the first six months along with possible solutions such as dandruff, diaper rash, fever and colds

Bibliography

Spock, B. (2004). Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care 8th edition. New York: Pocket Books.

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