GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Your baby will now smile responsively and begin to coo.
Hands will be kept open most of the time and will be brought to the mouth.
Your baby will hold his/her head up at a 45 degree angle when lying on his/her stomach.
Your baby will follow a moving object for 180 degrees.
A supplementary bottle may now be given to your baby every 2 or 3 days containing either previously expressed breast milk (which may be frozen for up to 2 months) or iron fortified formula.
Typically, babies do not need water to supplement their diet.
Breastfeed or bottle feed on demand. Don’t forget to burp your baby during natural feeding breaks.
Your baby should have 5-8 wet diapers and 3-4 stools each day.
Continue to place your baby on his/her back for sleeping.
Remember to rotate your baby’s position in the crib.
Sleeping on the same side may cause the skull to become misshapen.
The car safety seat should be rear-facing in the middle of the back seat in all vehicles. Your baby should never be in a seat with a passenger air bag.
Follow all manufacturer directions for proper car seat installation and us.
Keep your car and home smoke free!
Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120°F.
Make sure to read to your child at least once a day.
PREPARATION FOR VISIT
Your doctor will review milestone information with you during your visit.
You may download and print the Bright Futures Parent Handout for this age group here (click to access PDF).