developmental guides

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Your baby’s crib, or bassinet, should have a firm mattress. The crib slots should be no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart. Your baby should not sleep on a waterbed, beanbag, or soft blankets that may hinder his ability to breathe. If your baby sleeps in your bed, make sure the mattress is firm. It should be a single bed, not two beds brought together where your baby may get caught between the beds.

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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.

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Your baby will have longer periods of wakefulness as he develops a more regular sleep-wake routine. Your baby will enjoy excursions and regular activities, even running errands. Your baby will enjoy conversations and interactions with adults and children. Talking with Your baby, singing to him, looking him in his eyes will encourage social/language development.

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By four months of age,your baby will probably have a daily routine for his feeds, naps, baths and sleeping. This routine provides predictability that helps Your baby feel secure and you to budget your time and activities. This schedule should be flexible to allow for spur-of-the-moment activities.

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Your baby is now able to sit with support and will develop over the next one to two months the ability to sit by him/herself. Your baby is now able to reach with one hand and will transfer objects between hands. He/she will begin to use his hand to rake objects.

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Your baby is making a greater variety of sounds, including babbling. He is very excited to see you, and will smile, babble, and reach out to draw your attention.Encourage Your baby to use his emerging language skills by imitating his own sounds and allowing Your baby to answer, or mimic you in return.