How Much Regularity to Infant Feeding

In the past half century we've shifted away from extreme regularity, even rigidity, in infant feeding exact four hour schedules 2, 6, 10 a.m., 2,6, 10 p.m., not ten minutes early, not ten minutes late A prescribed amount in each bottle was essential, for instance, 3 ounces in the early weeks, not more, not less, until the doctor was consulted again. Breast-feeding was rare and unpopular in the United States before midcentury. The formula required the same proportions of milk, water, and corn...

Parents Biggest Newborn Concerns

Since the first edition of Baby and Child Care, many parents have written to me about specific concerns during the newborn period. This is an unsettling time for all families, especially after the birth of a first newborn. With fewer parents of young children now living near their own parents or other relatives, many of the physical and emotional aspects of caring for a baby are no longer taught to new parents. It is for these reasons that 1 try to answer each question in clear and practical...

Transitional Objects

A child of two is following her mother from the parking lot into the supermarket sucking her thumb, with a faraway look on her face, dragging a dirty-looking rag which on closer inspection turns out to be an old, old tattered gray diaper. Her mother is embarrassed by this display but the child simply can't go out in public without the security that this ancient rag gives her. Transitional object is a term given by a distinguished English pediatrician and psychoanalyst, D.W. Wlnnlcott, M.D., to...

If I Have a Baby Boy Should He Be Circumcised

What I recommended about circumcision in early editions of Baby and Child Care and what I recommend now are quite different. At the time of a circumcision, the sleeve of the skin which normally covers the head of the penis, called the foreskin, is cut off for religious reasons or for cleanliness.'' It has been a religious tradition carried out a few days after birth for thousands of years for both Jews and Muslims, on the basis originally that God had made a covenant to this effect with...

Periodic Irritable Baby

A baby who regularly cries at a certain time of day (usually late afternoon or evening), and is not distended (as is the colicky baby), is called a periodic irritable baby. Usually this crying will correct itself after three months of age. The baby does not seem to be in pain, and her cries are usually less painful than with colic, but still at a regular time. You may find that the periodic irritable baby can benefit from being held, or walked, or rocked. She may be comforted by another...