5 Things You Need to Know about Infants

| Posted On Jul 07, 2016 | By:

Puppy LoveIn the summer of 2013 when my first child was about 6 months old, I was back to work and finally starting to feel like I had a handle on this “parenting thing.” And then it happened – he got sick. My husband and I were up all night with a vomiting, feverish infant. When 6am rolled around, we found ourselves at a decision point as to who was going to call out of work to stay home – I volunteered. But the next week it happened again, this time a full body rash, high fever and vomiting. A few weeks later, another fever, this time with coughing and congestion. I was beside myself. I found myself at the pediatrician’s office, this time in tears. “Don’t worry,” my doctor quite calmly pronounced, “this is totally normal!”

The first year of parenting was definitely an eye-opening experience for me. Here are 5 things I wish I had known in advance:

#1: Babies get sick…a lot

#2: What looks like baby “regression” may actually be growth

#3: Once you have your baby figured out, he or she will change.

#4 Some skills come with time.

#5: Babies have MANY well baby checkups in the first year of life

What about you? What do you wish someone had told you about babies before you had your own?


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About Melissa DuBois, RN, BSN, CCE, CLC

Melissa has been a nurse with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates since 2012 and currently works in the Cambridge Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her professional interests include women's health, natural childbirth, breastfeeding, infertility, adolescent health and contraceptive education. When she is not working you might find her cooking, decorating cakes or chasing after her toddler.

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