Hopefully your baby's first year will be smooth sailing, with nary a cold or ear infection in sight. But the truth is, this scenario is unlikely. While you can't protect your baby from all bacteria and viruses, you can take steps to keep her as healthy as possible. Make sure that you take your child to the doctor on a regular basis for well-baby visits; follow the recommended immunization schedule; develop a strong, comfortable relationship with your baby's health care professional so that you never hesitate to ask questions or voice concerns; and stock your medicine cabinet with the over-the-counter drugs and supplies you'll need when your baby does get sick. Here are some tips to help keep your baby healthy and happy.