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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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1.  If I drop a toy, I will look to see where it has gone.

2.  I like to sit, but may need help with my balance.

3.  I can keep my head steady while sitting.

4.  I enjoy imitating your cough.

5.  I love to babble, especially when looking in a mirror.

6.  I am able to recognize changes in your voice.

7.  Play peekaboo with me and watch me laugh.

8.  I can hold one block while reaching for another.

9.  Be ready for a mess when you feed me.

10.  I may be ready to start drinking from a cup with assistance.




1.  The car seat is essential, even for the short rides down the block.

2.  Supervise your child closely when he/she is in the walker.  Infants often injure themselves when trying to climb out of the walker.  Be sure the stairs are protected securely with a gate to prevent him/her from falling.

3.  Never use bubble bath-it can cause irritation in your baby's diaper area.

4.  Do not use any stuffed animals with wire insides or small pieces which can be swallowed.

5.  Always strap your child securely into the highchair and never leave the room while your child is in the chair.

6.  Car keys are every baby's best friend, but should be discouraged as a toy.  Infants learn to put them into electric outlets.

7.  Ask us to show you special protective covers for your electrical outlets.

8.  Keep all sharp objects away from your child.

9.  Your growing child's lungs are very sensitive to the harmful products in cigarette smoke.  Avoiding  smoking around your baby.  Second hand smoke has been shown to be associated with ear infections and pneumonia.




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Once your baby has mastered the art of eating cereal, you can begin introduc­ing other solids.  Solid foods can be offered either as commercially prepared baby foods (convenience) or can be home prepared (ask us for time saving tips on preparation).  Wait until he/she is 9 months old before offering eggs.  Your baby may develop an allergy to certain foods if offered too early.  Nuts, raisins, and grapes (small size) should be held off until 2-3 years of age.

Breast milk or formula will still provide your baby with a nutritionally balanced meal at this age.  The solids are only a supplement and should be offered after the milk.  You can offer your baby solids 1-3 times/day.

A new food can be introduced every 1-2 days.  If your baby develops diarrhea or a rash avoid that food temporarily and try it again in a month.

It is normal for the consistency of your baby's bowel movements to change as you introduce new solid foods.



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