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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 turn my head from side to side to follow you.

2. I enjoy lifting my head up 45 degrees while lying on my stomach.

3. I will hold onto a rattle if you put it in my hand.

4. I like to babble when you talk to me.

5. I may turn my head towards new sounds - try me.

6. I do not like to be left alone.

7. Take advantage of the quiet times while I sleep.

8. My drooling is normal at this age. However, it may be several months before any teeth appear.

 

SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION:

 

1. The car seat is still extremely important.

2. Try your baby in a playpen now. This is a safe place for your baby to stay while you run into another room.

3. Do not buy toys with easily removed eye buttons.

4. Never leave your baby unattended, especially on the changing table. He/she will soon be rolling over, usually when you least expect it.

5. Do not give any medicines or suppositories (other than Tylenol) without talking with us.

6. Do not give honey to your baby in the first year of life - it can make him/her sick (Botulism).

7. Always leave the sheets or blankets lying loose when your baby is sleeping so he/she will not get trapped. It is not necessary to tuck in sheets or blankets.

 

FEEDING ADVICE:

 

__ Breast__Similac with Iron__Isomil______________________________________

 

Breast milk and/or formula provide the best source of nutrition for your baby until one year of age.

 

Do I have to feed my baby at night? If your baby is waking up in the middle of the night, try waking your baby for a feeding before you go to sleep. This assumes you are still awake and the last feeding was 2-4 hours earlier. Do not give up after one night if your baby still wakes up, despite this extra feeding. If you are breast-feeding, continue to nurse frequently (every 2-3 hours) during the day and early evening. If you are formula feeding, try to space your baby's feedings out to 4 hours. If your baby starts fussing 3 hours after the last formula feeding, try to delay the next feeding until 4 hours by distracting your baby (playing, stroller, swing, etc.). This will make your baby hungrier. The hungrier your baby is, the more formula he/she may take at the next feeding. This will fill your baby up and make it easier to hold him/her off for another 4 hours. Remember-try to keep your baby awake during the late afternoon and early evening. Your baby is still not ready for cereal or solid foods yet.

 

Now is the time to begin working on not letting your baby fall asleep on your breast or with a bottle in his/her mouth. Falling asleep this way can lead to cavities (NURSING/ BOTTLE CARIES) after your baby's teeth have come in. See the pictures hanging in the office. Bad habits can be difficult to break.

 

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