-Your baby is now able to follow you with his eyes.
-Your baby may begin to smile, and, in the next month, will smile in response to your smile. Your baby will see best from 12 to 18 inches away, the approximate distance from your elbow to your face.
-In the next few weeks, your baby will begin to watch your face, focusing on the dark and light contrasts of your eyes and hair, and the changing expressions on your face.
Talk to Your baby, face to face, when he is quiet and alert. As he grows, he will begin to imitate you with smiles, frowns, and other gestures, such as sticking out his tongue.
-Your baby is learning to look at faces, discriminate your voice from others, cry, makes noises with his throat and raise his chin when prone.
-Infants are learning that their caregivers meet their needs, initiating a sense of security in these early days.
-Your baby will startle to loud noises. However, in a busy household, he will begin to acclimate himself to loud, steady noises.
-In the next month or so, your baby will begin to bat at objects, bring his hands together in the midline, and turn his head to the sound of your voice.
-Mobiles become more fun as your baby is able to fix his vision on moving, bright-colored objects. Though the ability to see color develops at four to six months of age, your baby will recognize objects with sharp contrast of light and dark.
-A rattle is more enjoyable as your baby becomes able to grasp and hold objects placed in his hand.
-The avoidance of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, fish and other foods while breastfeeding, has been shown not to prevent allergies. However, breastfeeding, or the use of extensively, or partially, hydrolysated formulas compared to regular cow’s milk, or soy formula, has a 30% to 50% protective effect against eczema.
-If your baby show signs and symptoms of allergy (such as eczema, bloody stools, excessive irritability), it is sometimes necessary to restrict foods in your diet, if nursing, or delay the introduction of potential trigger foods in your baby’s diet.
-Breast milk has antibacterial properties which help to maintain freshness for longer periods. You may store breast milk in a plastic container, or plastic bag. A plastic container should have a top that fits well.
-Containers should be washed in hot, soapy water, rinsed well, and allowed to air dry before use.
-When filling the container with breast milk, allow at least one inch of space from the top; this will allow the milk to expand as it freezes.
-Label each container of breast milk with the date it was expressed. Breast milk may be stored at room temperature for 4 hours.
– Breast milk may be stored in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.
-Breast milk may be stored in the freezer section of a refrigerator- freezer for up to 3 months.
-Breast milk may be stored in a deep freezer for up to 6 months.
-Previously frozen milk may be stored in a refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Thawed milk should not be refrozen.
-Over the course of the next month or two, your baby’ s schedule may begin to become more regular. Naptimes may become more predictable: a morning nap, an afternoon nap, and, perhaps, an early evening nap.
– You may begin putting your baby to bed, both for naps and nighttime, while awake. This way your baby can learn to put himself to sleep, self soothing.
-Babies have shorter sleep cycles than adults, and will wake frequently during the night. Allowing your baby to learn to put himself to sleep will enable him to put himself back to sleep during these night wakenings.
Put Your baby to bed drowsy and with a full tummy.
-Make bedtime relaxing and quiet. Dim the lights and keep nighttime contact with your baby short, calm and quiet.
– Establish a regular nighttime routine so that your baby begins to recognize bedtime.
-A feeding pattern will begin to develop. Breastfed babies may begin to feed less frequently, though they will continue to have one or two periods during the day when they will eat almost continuously for a few hours.
-Formula- fed babies will eat every three to four hours. On average, a formula-fed baby will take approximately half their body weight in ounces at each feeding. You will know to increase the amount of formula at a feeding when you notice your baby waking earlier for the next feeding, or continue to appear hungry when the bottle is finished.
-Crying, especially in the late afternoon and early evening, may increase in the first 6 to 8 weeks. If your baby appears uncomfortable, or inconsolable, you should call your pediatrician.
-A rectal temperature of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit, or greater, for a baby less than two months of age may indicate a serious infection. If your baby has a fever, I recommend calling your pediatrician. I’ve made plenty of calls and that’s why they are there.
-Only take the temperature if your baby is irritable, or warm to touch.
-Remind everyone, including yourself, to wash their hands before holding your baby.
-Fresh air is good for your baby. You should continue to avoid large crowds and second-hand smoke. If you would like to run an errand, or grab a cup of coffee, go during the middle of the weekday, when the stores are less crowded.
-The car seat straps should be loosened as your baby grows rapidly in the first few months. Make sure that you can fit no more than one finger between the straps and your baby. Set the position of the car seat so that your baby will rest comfortably with his head resting on the back of the car seat, not forward against his chest. If the vehicle seat slopes, then place a tightly rolled towel under the base of the car seat.
-The car seat should be securely anchored so that you are unable to move the base forward, or side to side, more than an inch.
-Your baby should wear clothes with legs to allow the crotch strap to snap between his legs. Avoid blankets, heavy snowsuits, or buntings, under the straps. You may place a blanket, or two, over your baby after buckling the harness.
-Never leave your baby unattended in the car seat, in or out, of the car.