YOUR WELLNESS GUIDE

CREATING WELLNESS THAT LASTS A LIFETIME

Welcome to Your Wellness Guide.  We provide a print version of the Your Wellness Guide at all of our well visits.  This is a supplemental list of resources to learn more about topics that will support your family in creating wellness that lasts a lifetime.   To use this portion of Your Wellness Guide, simply click on the tab that corresponds with your child’s age and click on links to read more.  Visit our blog for other valuable information.

Birth to 6 Months

Car Seats  – AAP Recommendations and tips and  infographic

Newborn Sleep Patterns

Newborn and Older Sibling – Create Special Time for Each ChildNew Baby Sibling

INTRODUCING A NEW SIBLING

Crib Safety Guidelines – Consumer Product Safety Commission

How to Calm a Fussy BabySwaddling Your Baby –  5 S’s recommended in the book:  The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp, MD

Safe Co-Sleeping Guidelines and Resources for Co-Sleeping By Notre Dame

Bedtime routine – National Sleep Foundation and The Baby Center

Choosing Quality Child Care – Choosing Child Care Center,  Parent Checklists for Child Care Facility Visits, Finding a sitter

Infant Massage

Storage and Handling of Human Milk by CDC, Milk storage do’s and don’ts by Mayo clinic, Formula Feeding FAQ:  Preparation and storage

Vitamin D – Sun and Supplementation

Gut health – Guts, Bugs, & BabiesBuild Your Microbiome

Preparing for Feeding your Baby – Baby Led Feeding Podcast; Baby Led Feeding:  A Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters by Jenna Helwig[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

6 – 11 months

Baby Led Weaning – Baby Led Feeding Podcast; Baby Led Feeding:  A Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters by Jenna Helwig

Developmental games – Developmental games for 10 month olds, So Big Game11 fun activities 6-12 months,

Bedtime routine – National Sleep Foundation and The Baby Center

Fussy Baby – Book:  The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp, MD

Separation Anxiety – How to Ease Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

AAP Healthychild.org Ages & Stages Toddler and Preshool pages offer a variety of developmental information and guidance.

Chores – your 2-3 year old can do chores!  They can assist with making their beds, pick up playthings with supervision, take their dirty laundry to baskets, fill up a pet’s food and water bowls with supervision, help parents clean up spills and dirt, dust.

Nutrition – Sample Menu for 2 year old and Selecting snacks for toddlers and healthy serving sizes and How Children develop Unhealthy Food Preferences

Car Seats – AAP Recommendations and tips and  infographic

Discipline – https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/Discipline-Strategies-Video.aspx

Emotional Development –  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/preschool/Pages/Emotional-Development-in-Preschoolers.aspx

Learn about the impact of media and screens  and how you can minimize the impact now.  Families Managing Media

Special time – https://www.handinhandparenting.org/article/how-special-time-makes-children-content/

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Media Use – AAP Media Plan and Common Sense Media

Car Seats – AAP Recommendations and tips and  infographic

Healthychild.org Ages & Stages Page for Preschoolers

Sleep

Nutrition – Serving sizes by age

Parenting Resources –

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Media Use – AAP Media Plan and Common Sense Media

Nutrition
Serving sizes by age and Ensuring adequate Calcium intake

Booster Seats and Seat Belts
AAP Recommendations and tips

Sleep

Special Time

Parenting Resources

Age Appropriate Chores

Ages 6 and 7
Note: This age can be supervised to use a family chore chart.
 
Personal chores
  1. Make their bed every day
  2. Brush teeth
  3. Comb hair
  4. Choose the day’s outfit and get dressed
  5. Write thank you notes with supervision
Family chores
  1. Be responsible for a pet’s food, water and exercise
  2. Vacuum individual rooms
  3. Wet mop individual rooms
  4. Fold laundry with supervision
  5. Put their laundry in their drawers and closets
  6. Put away dishes from the dishwasher
  7. Help prepare food with supervision
  8. Empty indoor trash cans
  9. Answer the phone with supervision
Ages 8 to 11
Note: This age benefits from using a family chore chart.
 
Personal chores
  1. Take care of personal hygiene
  2. Keep bedroom clean
  3. Be responsible for homework
  4. Be responsible for belongings
  5. Write thank you notes for gifts
  6. Wake up using an alarm clock
Family chores
  1. Wash dishes
  2. Wash the family car with supervision
  3. Prepare a few easy meals on their own
  4. Clean the bathroom with supervision
  5. Rake leaves
  6. Learn to use the washer and dryer
  7. Put all laundry away with supervision
  8. Take the trash can to the curb for pick up
  9. Test smoke alarms once a month with supervision
  10. Screen phone calls using caller ID and answer when appropriate

Nutrition
Serving sizes by age and Ensuring adequate Calcium intake

Safety Websites & Resources
Seat Belts for Older Children and Adults;   Parent are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers 

Sleep

Parenting Resources

  • Hand in Hand Parenting
  • Families Managing Media – learn about impact of screens on brain (and overall) development and how to create healthy use of cell phones, video games, and other media. Media Use – AAP Media Plan and Common Sense Media
  • Disciplining – Big Kid Discipline  Discipline strategies
  • Puberty
    • Girlology – This is a great resource for online and in person classes about what to discuss regarding puberty – for girls and for boys.  This company provides great resources for learning about puberty and discussing it with your daughter.  They offer a subscription service for a variety of pre-teen and teen related topics.

Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Use

Vaping/E-Cigarettes

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