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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 enjoy being held by you, and can focus on your face for brief periods.

2.  I may startle in response to normal sounds.

3.  I like to keep my fingers curled up tightly.

4.  If you lay me on my stomach with my head down, I will turn it to one side.

5.  My neck muscles are not strong enough yet to hold my head up by myself ­please support my head when you lift me.

 

SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION

1.  The car seat should be securely placed in the reclining position with your baby facing backwards.

2.  Corn starch powder can be used for rashes under your baby's neck and in the diaper area.  Be sure to shake powder into your hand first and then apply to the affected area.  This will lessen the chance of your baby inhaling and choking on the powder.

3.  Use a crib with slats less than 2 1/2" apart.  Never leave a pillow in the crib.

4.  Make sure the locking mechanism on the crib side rails is working properly.

5.  The mattress should be approximately 2 feet from the top of the rail.

6.  Check to be sure there is nothing in the crib which may interfere with your child's breathing.

7.  All sleepwear should be flame resistant.  Only wash with a detergent (Dreft).

8.  Turn your hot water heater down to 120 degrees F.

 

FEEDING ADVICE:

 

       __Breast __Similac with Iron __lsomil     ______________________________________

 

1. If you are breast feeding, offer your baby a bottle several times a week.  This will teach him how to drink from a bottle if the need should arise.  You can use breast milk, formula, or water in the bottle.

2. If you are bottle feeding, offer your baby as much formula as he will take at each feeding (average is 2 to 4 ounces at this age).

3.  It is not necessary to sterilize your bottles and nipples.  They can be washed in either the top rack of the dishwasher or in hot soapy water.

4.  Do not let your baby sleep longer than 4 hours during the day and you should not wake him at night to feed.

5.  All the nutrition your baby needs is provided through breast milk or formula.  Cereals or baby foods are not needed until 5-6 months of age.  Please do not offer cereal or baby foods now to your baby as these foods may upset his/her tender digestive system and also cause excessive weight gain.

6.  5-10 minutes is usually enough time to empty each breast.  A total breast feeding may last 30 minutes. Because your baby's most vigorous nursing will be done on the first breast nursed, be sure to alternate breasts that you begin each nursing with.  A handy idea is to use a safety pin on your bra strap as a reminder of the breast your baby finished nursing on.

7.  Burping may be unnecessary, especially if you are breastfeeding.  Have patience and try different positions.  If he's not uncomfortable and won't burp easily, then he may not need to.

 

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