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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 like to lift my head up while lying on my stomach.

2. I can coo, gurgle, and make sounds like some vowels (a, e, i, o, u).

3. I like to watch your face and smile when you smile.

4. When I get excited, I may move my arms and legs in all directions.

5. I can hold onto objects tightly.

6. I may keep myself happy by sucking on a pacifier, although it will periodically fall out.  You may need to try a few types to find one I like.  Ask my pediatrician for advice about my using a pacifier.

7. I may still be getting up for 1-2 night feedings.

 

SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION:

 

1. Always use the car seat!  There are no excuses for taking chances.

2. Choose toys which are too large to swallow, have no sharp points, and have no small parts which can be put in your baby's nose, ears, eyes, or mouth.

3. Always supervise your child when he/she is out of the crib.

4. Never leave open ointments or powder around your baby.

5. Hold your baby upright when feeding.  Lying flat while drinking can lead to an ear infection.

6. Install smoke detectors in your home and have a recharged fire extinguisher handy.

7. Always keep the stairways clear of toys so that you will not trip while carrying your baby.

8. Kerosene heaters should never be used in a closed room.  With close supervi­sion, they are permissible in a large, well-ventilated area away from your infant.

9. Eliminate strings or cords from clothing which can accidently become wrapped around your child's neck. Necklaces and bracelets can also be dangerous.

10. Keep your baby's fingernails cut short so he/she will not scratch her face.  Nail trimming is easiest after a bath (nails are softer) or during a nap.  An emory board can be used to file the nails smooth.

11. Never smoke in the same room as your baby!  Second hand smoke is dangerous to your baby's health and can lead to ear infections and respiratory problems.

 

FEEDING ADVICE:

 

__ Breast     __Similac with Iron     __lsomil

 

Breast-fed babies will usually nurse 10-20 minutes on each breast and may nurse 6-8 times in 24 hours.  Remember to offer a few bottles per week to keep your baby familiar with a bottle nipple.  This gives Dad an opportunity to feed thebaby.

 

Bottle-fed babies feeding time may vary from 20-30 minutes.  It your baby is taking longer to finish a bottle, the nipple may be clogqed.  Frequent boiling is not necessary and tends to clog the nipples.  You can make the hole larger with a pin or try a nipple with larger openings (juice nipple).

 

Sleeping through the night? An infant may begin to sleep through the night (6-8 hours at a stretch) when he/she weighs 11-14 pounds.  We do not recommend cereal to help your baby sleep through the night. If you are getting pressure from relatives, please discuss it with us.  Breast milk or formula is the best source of nutrition at this age.

 

Ask us for suggestions on how to develop good sleep patterns for your baby.  Our handout on "Sleeping through the night" will be helpful.

 

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