Test Your Baby Terminology IQ
Feel like you need a decoder ring to wade through parenting advice and articles? Test your baby vocabulary know-how with these toughie terms.
Question 1 of 11
What is meconium?
|A metal found in unsafe toys, similar to lead|
|Similar to croup, a baby illness that includes a loud cough|
The first stool passed by a newborn
Meconium is the first stool passed by the newborn.
|A root used as a natural remedy for diaper rash|
Question 2 of 11
What does object permanence refer to?
|A nine-month-old skill for transferring toys or other items from one hand to another|
A concept babies learn (around six months) that things still exist even when they're out of sight
Object permanence is a concept babies learn (around six months) that things still exist even when they're out of sight.
|A trick researchers play on infants to keep them awake during studies|
|A euphemism for babies who cry when their parents look at them sternly (occurring throughout childhood)|
Question 3 of 11
The pincer grasp allows Baby to:
|Mouth small objects without using his hands|
Pick up an object between his thumb and forefinger
The pincer grasp lets Baby pick up an object between his thumb and forefinger. This is a developmental milestone that occurs typically in the latter half of a baby's first year of life.
|Clench his hands together to hold on to an object, as if grabbing a rope|
|“Rake” his fingers, as if through sand|
Question 4 of 11
Tummy time refers to:
|A common method of preventing flat spots on the occipital (or back part) of Baby’s skull|
|Letting an awake, alert baby lie and play on his stomach (a counter-action to placing him on his back to sleep)|
|A way to strengthen Baby’s neck muscles to prepare him for crawling|
All of the above
All of these tummy time references were correct: Tummy time refers to letting an awake, engaged baby lie and play on his stomach, a counter-action to placing him on his back to sleep to prevent SIDS. Spending time on his tummy is a great way to strengthen Baby's neck muscles to prepare him for crawling and helps prevent flat spots on the back part of his skull.
Question 5 of 11
What is (a) cradle cap?
A waxy, scaly, skin rash that is common on infants’ scalps
Cradle cap, or seborrheic dermatitis, is a waxy, scaly, skin rash that is common on infants' scalps. Read about managing cradle cap here.
|A cotton or wool head covering that protects a toddler’s head when playing outdoors|
|Another name for the fontanel, or soft spot, on an infant’s head|
|A mesh covering for a bassinet or cradle that keeps Baby safe from housepets|
Question 6 of 11
What is meant by gross motor?
|A retching motion older siblings make during Baby's diaper changes|
|A child’s uncanny ability to beeline to the nearest puddle, mud pile, open container of finger paint, or other mess upon entering a new location|
|The talent for making unfortunate noises with one’s armpit (a skill beginning shortly after toddlerhood)|
The development of a child's physical abilities relating to large muscle (legs, trunk, arms, etc.) or whole body movements
Gross motor refers to development of a child's physical abilities relating to large muscle (legs, trunk, arms, etc.) or whole body movements. Gross motor development typically occurs from head to foot.
Question 7 of 11
Kangaroo Care refers to:
Parents holding their baby skin-to-skin as a way of bonding
Kangaroo Care refers to parents holding their baby skin-to-skin as a way of bonding. This is especially recommended to parents of preemies.
|A brand of non-stick adhesive bandages only available on the Internet|
|Using a sling or pouch to carry Baby while on daily long walks (or “walkabouts”)|
|A team of leading Australian researchers who study child development|
Question 8 of 11
What is/are thrush?
|Nipple discharge that occurs during times of high stress for nursing moms|
An infection that resembles cottage cheese inside Baby’s mouth, often caused by breastfeeding or antibiotics
Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth. It resembles cottage cheese inside Baby's mouth and is often caused by breastfeeding or antibiotics.
|The fine hairs inside a baby’s nose|
|A procedure done following circumcision to remove excess fluid and tissue|
Question 9 of 11
Varicella, rotavirus, and pertussis are all types of:
Recommended vaccines for Baby
Varicella, rotavirus, and pertussis are all types of recommended vaccines for babies.
|Absolutely nothing. Those words are made up|
|Ways to say “screaming baby” in other languages|
|Herbs not recommended for children under two|
Question 10 of 11
Growth percentiles are:
|Skull measurements that determine a child’s rate of cognitive development|
|The average heights taken within a family, used to determine a child’s height at puberty|
Charts physicians use to compare your child's development to the averages of other children in the country
Growth percentiles are charts physicians use to compare your child's development to the averages of other children in the country.
|Numbers that estimate the inches a child will grow within any given year|
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