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  If pregnancy wasn't enough to worry about, now you have a whole separate little person to look after.
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Behavior
  As your baby changes and grows, you will notice many new behaviors. Your baby is developing a personality of her own. Along with this exciting time comes some uncertainty, as you adjust to your baby's behaviors.
Bonding
You've just found a new love in your life. Over the next few months, this love will grow and grow, as you witness his first smile, his first belly laugh, and his first steps. Cuddle your baby as often as you can. Before you know it, he will be a toddler on the go!
Infant Development
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Nutrition
Keeping baby healthy goes hand in hand with your baby's nutrition. Whether you're breastfeeding, formula feeding, or moving on to table food, nutrition is key to giving your baby a head start in life.
Play
  Play time for baby is a time where she can learn such skills as lifting her head, processing verbal cues, and learning about the world around her. The more you interact and play with your baby, the faster her intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. So play hard mom!
Safety
Gone are the days of reckless abandon before you had kids. Now you worry every time they fall down, cough, or even look at you funny. While it is important to promote safety with baby, remember that spills will happen. With proper planning, you can minimize many dangers in baby's world just by using good old fashion common sense.  
   
   
Baby Health
 
Baby Health: Diapering- Cloth vs. Disposable


Cloth diapers are making a comeback! See the arguments below for choosing a cloth diaper over disposable.

Environmental

The average child will use 5,300 disposable diapers before she is toilet trained. This is equal to about 600 pounds of fluff and 280 pounds of plastic. In landfills, they sit and mummify, rather than decompose. Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest source of waste in the world, behind newspapers and beverage containers. In Canada and the US, 20 billion disposable diapers are used and put into landfills every year.

Cost Savings

Cloth diapers are a one-time purchase, plus laundering costs. Purchase your one size fitted diapers, absorbent liners, and cloth wipes one time for about $200 - $300. Add in the cost of laundering. The difference in 2 ½ years is about $550 - $800 for cloth diapers vs. $1,900 - $2,100 for disposables.

Eliminate Chemicals

Diapers are made using many chemical bi-products that you wouldn’t want touching your baby’s skin. Sodium polyacrylate is a chemical that is added to absorb liquid and turn your baby’s urine into gel. It has been linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome in tampon use. There aren’t any studies that have been done to determine if there are any long term effects in diaper use.

Earlier Potty Training

Babies in cloth diapers potty train 5-12 months before those in disposable diapers, because they can feel a wet cloth diaper more than a wet disposable diaper.

Reduce Diaper Rash

You heard it here. Cloth diapers actually show a lower occurrence of diaper rash. Many types of diaper rash are caused by dyes and perfumes in disposables. Switch to a cloth diaper for a natural cure for diaper rash.

Conclusion

Your baby will most likely do great in disposable diapers, but if you are at all concerned with the above issues, you should look into a cloth diapering alternative.

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