What's the baby up to?
In the first year of your baby's life you'll notice major changes in his physical ability, particularly gross
Here are some things to watch for:
Low muscle tone
Infants with normal tone can be lifted with the parent's hands placed under the armpits. If your baby has low
muscle tone you will find it unusually easy to move your child's arms and legs when they are relaxed, or that
he seems to slip through your arms when you pick him up. Your baby will feel floppy and show little resistance
in his muscles. The medical term for low muscle tone is hypotonia.
High muscle tone
If your child has high muscle tone, his movements will be stiff and awkward because the muscles are too "tight"
and their tone is not balanced. Babies with high muscle tone can be recognised by the way they arch their backs
and stiffly extend their legs. Instead of rolling over in smooth, fluid movements, they move their trunks in one
solid movement and flip over. They also love to stand on their stiff legs, but stand on their toes or scissor
their legs tightly together when held upright. The medical term for high muscle tone is hypertonia.
Consult your doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s muscle tone one way or the other.
Look after you
Have an I-love-me session
When did you last have a haircut, buy something new or paint your toenails? Now that your baby is old enough
for you to leave him for a while, make a date to be really nice to yourself. Many women look up after a few
months of pregnancy and realise that they are still wearing their preggie clothes and have started walking
around with a nappy permanently over their shoulder. Spoil yourself with some or all of these, and you will
return refreshed to your mom duties:
Have a chuck out session and spurn all gross preggie clothes
Book a haircut, manicure and pedicure
Meet up with a friend and go shopping for clothes with a waist
Pay someone to rub nice-smelling oil into your feet or back
Let your partner know what you need to feel nurtured (sweet words, back rubs, diamonds…)
... and think about
Choosing a childminder
Work out your budget first.
Make a list of all the questions you would like to ask.
Only employ someone who can offer references and always do a reference check.
Only consider someone who has previous experience.
Does the applicant appear clean and neat?
Find out if she knows infant CPR. If not, make sure that you provide first aid training.
Ask what she would do in an emergency.
Make sure she understands the importance of constant supervision.
Introduce her to your baby and observe their interaction.
Give her a probation period of two months.
Discuss a list of “dos” and “don’ts” and the consequences of problematic behaviour.
Employ someone at least a month before you return to work. This way she will have a chance to familiarise herself with the new environment. It will also give you the opportunity to monitor how she interacts with your child.
Once you have employed her, leave the house for short periods and do “spot-checks” – return home unexpectedly.
Is she available for babysitting after hours? This will be an advantage.
Do you communicate easily or do you struggle to understand one another?
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