GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Your baby now smiles spontaneously, laughs aloud, is excited at the sight of food and has more conversational sounds.
Your baby reaches for and grasps objects and will often put them in his/her mouth.
There is no more head lag.
The legs can now bear weight and your baby will push with his/her feet if held upright.
Breast feeding on demand or formula feeding.
4 to 6 feedings (24 to 32 ounces) per 24 hours.
Cereal fortified with iron, dry pack rice or barley cereal mixed with formula or breast milk to a thin consistency can be introduced, but it is not needed until 6 months of age.
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.
Always keep small objects and plastic bags away from your baby.
Always keep a hand on your baby on any high surface from which he/she could fall and be hurt.
Never leave baby alone in bathwater, even in a bath seat or ring.
Lower the crib mattress before baby is able to sit upright.
Do not use a baby walker.
Never leave your baby in a car.
Make sure to read to your child at least once a day.
You can visit Reach Out & Read for reading tips, how to choose books appropriate for your child's age, other resources, and access the library's site here.
Encourage interactive play with your baby. Good toys include rattles, baby mirrors, cradle gyms, and bells.
Playpens can be used now.
Never leave your baby unattended in jolly jumpers, swings or infant seats.
Use a cold teething ring if your baby has sore gums with teething.
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 range here (click to access PDF).