Your Baby's First Year of Life

Safety Alert

You probably have already thoroughly examined your crib to be certain that it meets Consumer Product Safety Commission Standards -- making sure that the bars are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. But have you also checked out your baby's bassinet or cradle? Similar to the standards for a crib, the bassinet/cradle mattress should be firm and the base should be stable and of adequate size to hold your little one. It is also important to be sure that you place it in a low-traffic area so no one bumps into it during a midnight bathroom run.

Fact of the Week

Approximately 50 percent of all new mothers complain of experiencing mood swings or feeling sad, weepy or anxious during the first few weeks following the birth of their baby. This is most likely due to the drastic decline in estrogen and progesterone levels after childbirth. It usually disappears after a few days, though some moms are affected for the first six weeks, or longer. True postpartum depression affects about 25 percent of first-time mothers (20 percent in subsequent pregnancies) and can last for months. If you suspect that you have postpartum depression, please contact your health care provider for the help you need. 

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