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Our Baby's First Two Years
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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MY DEVELOPMENT:

 

1.  I can lift my head and chest up while supporting myself on my arms.

2.  I like to play with my hands, and like others to play with me.

3.  I can reach out for things I want, although I may miss.

4.  I can coo and laugh out loud and might cry if my play is disrupted.

5.  I am able to see better now and enjoy following moving objects.

6.  I enjoy being held standing up with support under my arms-this will not hurt my legs.

7.  I will play with a rattle for a short time if it is placed in my hand.

8.  When I begin to roll, I will go from my stomach to my back first, and about a month later, from my back to my stomach.

9.  I like to lay in my crib looking at myself in a mirror (safety mirror).

 

SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION:

 

1. Do not forget the car seat each and every time.

2.  Keep all sharp objects off the changing tables.

3.  Never take your eyes off your baby when around water.

4.  Please do not hold him/her when you are holding or drinking hot liquids.

5.  Be very careful around your pet as babies seem to love to annoy even the tamest of pets.  Most animals act by instinct and do not understand that your baby is not trying to hurt them.

6.  Let your chuld enjoy sitting in the Deluxe Jolly Jumper but limit his/her hanging time to less than 30 minutes at a time.

7. Choose safe crib toys for your child.  Avoid leaving toys in the crib at night  Ask us for suggestions.

 

FEEDING ADVICE:

 

__ Breast     __ Similac with Iron     __Isomil     ___________________________________

 

Juice is not a good source of nutrition at this age and should not replace breast milk or formula.  However, it can be useful in a breast fed baby to help space out the feedings (limit to 4 ounces/day).

 

At 4 months of age, babies generally begin to enjoy watching you eat even though they are still not ready for solid foods yet.  You may want to give your baby a rubber coated baby spoon so he/she can imitate you and thereby enhance his/her eye­hand coordination.

 

Is my baby waking at night because of hunger?  Probably not.  It is normal for babies to wake at night.  Teething, rolling over, and noises are common causes for your baby to awaken at night.  If your baby is waking up at night and seems hungry, allow him/her to cry for 10-15 minutes. Crying will not hurt your baby.  He/she may fall back to sleep without your help.  If this does not work, try to comfort your baby with the least amount of stimulation (patting on the back).  If all else fails, offer your baby water. Your persistence now will result in better sleeping patterns in the future. Avoid bringing him/her into your bed.  Do not try to solve one problem by creating another.  Ask for a handout on this common nighttime problem.

 

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