The stage of "cross crawling" is one of many VERY important steps of development that many parents don't experience. Cross crawling is when the opposite knee and arm move forward then switch. This is very important for your brain development. It is the right hemisphere and left hemisphere working together to create motion. There is so much education on the developmental stages at this age needing to be closer to the ground for proper brain development as well. That when the infants head is upright such as standing or sitting, they are learning in a different part of the brain. Soooo the longer they stay horizontal the better. Keep them babies babies as long as possible. ;)
This book is AMAZING when it comes to learning about all of the early developmental milestones. It explains WHY each stage exists and WHY they are important. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has or is having a new baby.
Tummy time is something that is so important for babies. They are developing their spinal curves and learning to navigate their surroundings. Don't be afraid to put your babies down once in a while. Better yet... get down on the floor and interact with them. Or find fun noiseless toys to help them learn to grab and push, etc.
Here is the quick and easy answer to when you should start solid foods: It depends on your baby. Some suggestions I have for you are as follows:
1. Wait until your baby is able to sit up on their own totally unassisted. 2. Usually your baby should be cutting some teeth. This is a sign that their digestive system is ready for solids. 3. Your baby shows interest in solid foods.
For the majority of babies this is around 6+ months of age. Starting solids earlier than that is unnecessary and can be a filler causing your baby not to get the nutrients they need. Babies can be exclusively breastfed the whole first year of life without any solid foods. I like to think of solid foods as an adjunct to breastmilk or formula. Not their main source of nutrition. It is for entertainment or for learning. Something social to do with the family. I hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email!
Say NO to Rice Cereal
Rice cereal is a filler food that has ZERO nutritional value. It is highly recommended that you do not feed your baby this cereal. It is also not recommended that it be put in a bottle at any age, and not fed to babies before 6 months of age if you do feed them this with a spoon.
Say YES to Family Meals
There is one thing that stands out above ALL other parenting topics that can create a stable home environment for your family and that is eating meals together around a table. I encourage you to get your babies involved in that early on. Let them sit with you at the table and watch you eat. Allow them to eat some of what you are eating as well. (Obviously, age and readiness appropriate)
Did you know that EVERYONE has a TMJ? TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. We all have 2 of them. Most people have no issues with theirs, but if you do then it can be categorized as as TMJ Syndrome. Some symptoms of TMJ syndrome include:
Jaw popping Headaches Ears Ringing Vertigo Pain with Chewing
Did you know that chiropractic care can be SO helpful with some TMJ syndrome patients? Dr. Felicia has worked on MANY TMJ's over the past 20+ years. If you have been experiencing TMJ syndrome symptoms make an appointment and ask her about your specific jaw!
Does chiropractic care ACTUALLY shorten labor time?
That's a great question! My answer is PROBABLY!
During labor your sacrum, the triangular bone at the base of your spine, needs to be able to rock back when the fetal head is going past it. If it cannot, due to a subluxation in your spine, then the head cannot descend. Which can cause a longer labor. SO if you are regularly adjusted during your pregnancy then your sacrum is less likely to be stuck in a non-moving position. THIS is why I can say that chiropractic care can shorten labor time. Getting regular adjustments throughout your pregnancy is such a wonderful way to reduce discomfort, potentially shorten labor time, and have regular check in points with someone educated in prenatal care to ask your questions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this email!
These prenatal vitamins come in a pack of the prenatal multivitamin and a daily fish oil. They come in individual packets so that you don't have to open a bottle of stinky vitamins when your stomach is doing flip flops. ;)
These are the amazing Fish Oils that we sell in the office. They do NOT have any fishy taste to them. If you bite into the capsule and just swallow the liquid it tastes like a lemony olive oil. GREAT for decreasing inflammation!