Commonsense Guide for Australian Parents

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Allen & Unwin, 2004 - Child development - 356 pages
A comprehensive hands-on guide to parenting, 'A Commonsense Guide for New Parents' is designed to help you with the practical aspects of looking after and nurturing a child for the first three years. This book aims to help readers feel comfortable with their new role and empower them to make decisions about what they feel is best for their baby.

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Birth to six months
Six months to one year
How your child grows
The arrival of a sibling
Common illnesses of early childhood
First aid and emergency procedures

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Page 182 - There should be about an inch between the end of the longest toe and the end of the shoe.) Children will enjoy analyzing the feet shown in the picture at the bottom of page 120.
Page 176 - Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the butter mixture.
Page 317 - Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, " amniotic fluid is kind of brackish-tasting, and we have videos of a fetus grimacing when it swallows the fluid.
Page 209 - Before you give your child a toy to play with, run through this safety checklist first. * Is it safe? * Is it age appropriate? Check the label. * Is it unbreakable? * Is it washable? * Is it too big to swallow? * Does it have any sharp edges or other pointy bits? * Does it have any strings, cords or ribbons longer than 15 cm (6 in) attached?
Page 149 - As an extra precaution, either take the phone off the hook or turn on the answering machine.
Page 182 - Now your child's on the move, he will be dipping into everything, so constant supervision is vital. Even when your child is asleep, check on him, and always make sure no items that could choke or suffocate him are within reach. * Reinforce wamings — such as 'that's hot', 'don't touch', 'take care' and 'ouch' — so that he gains an understanding of words and phrases that teach him caution.
Page 93 - IBD is a group of chronic inflammatory disorders of the small and large bowel, the most common being ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. The cause of IBD is not understood, but a genetic predisposition and an immune mechanism are likely.
Page 104 - NICHD research, and recommends that healthy infants be placed on their backs to sleep, to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
Page 203 - A cup salt 1 cup flour 2 tablespoons cream of tartar 1 cup water 1 tablespoon oil Food colouring Method 1 Mix the salt, flour and cream of tartar together in a saucepan.

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