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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 may sit for longer periods, and may be able to roll in both directions.

2. I enjoy eating, but when I am finished, you will know.

3. I like to transfer objects from one hand to the other.

4. My legs are strong, but I need help standing. Bouncing is good for me.

5. Don't be surprised if I push up on my hands and knees and rock back and forth.

6. Everything I pick up will go in my mouth.

7. Don't be upset by my fear of strangers-this is normal.

 

SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION:

 

1. If your baby's feet are touching the back of the seat, now is the time to turn the car seat to face forward.

2. Now that your baby is sitting, extra care must be taken to prevent him/her from falling over and banging his/her head.

3. Use special locks on all cabinets in reach of your child.

4. All floor level cabinets should be emptied and only used for storage of paper goods, pots, pans, and other non-breakable and non-toxic items.

5. Install safety gates at the top and bottom of all stairs.

6. Be sure that all low windows and screens are well secured.

7. Use the special cages made for kerosene heaters to prevent burn injuries.

8. Never turn your back on your baby even for a second-If there is trouble to be found, your baby will find it!

 

FEEDING ADVICE:

 

__Breast__Similac with Iron __Isomil _____________________________________

 

Continue to add new foods. You can choose from any of the food groups (cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats). Fruits are well liked because of their pleasant taste. Meats tend to be less tasty. Some babies like their food pureed, while others like more texture. Your baby will let you know his preferences.

Over the next 2-3 months, your baby will increase his intake of solids and cut back on liquids. This is normal.

Juices (8 ounces/day) can be offered now, but should be used as a filler and not to replace the milk. Sometimes juice can cause diarrhea, so begin by diluting adult juice (no sugar added) with water or use commercial baby juice.

Applesauce, bananas, and rice cereal can be constipating. All other fruits and vegetables can cause loose bowel movements. You can usually control the consistency of your baby's bowel movements by changing the foods you offer.

 

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