Two month handout

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FEEDING

  • Breast milk and iron-fortified formulas are 100% nutrition for babies until 4-6 months of age. Babies don’t need extra water or juice.
  • Babies don’t need cereal at this age.
  • Bottles at bedtime can lead to choking, tooth decay, and ear infections.

 

SAFETY

  • Baby walkers are not advised because they can tip over, fall down stairs, or allow babies to reach things they shouldn’t be touching.
  • Babies wiggle and roll (around 4 months). Care must be taken when babies are on couches, the changing table etc.
  • In the car, the baby should always be secured in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat.
  • At 2 months we no longer recommend swaddling.

POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION

  • Depression is common after childbirth. If you are feeling down let us or your doctor know so we can help.

DEVELOPMENT

 

You and your baby now communicate with each other.   S/he looks into your eyes, breaks into a big smile, coos and vocalizes back when you talk.

  • Cuddling, talking, reading and singing to your baby provide important stimuli for your baby’s development.
  • Your baby should spend some SUPERVISED time on the belly when awake to help his strength and development. (Sleeping should still be on the back.)

 

HEALTH

  • Happy moms mean happy babies.  Go out on a date with your significant other without the baby.  The baby will be okay without you for a few hours.
  • Take your baby for walks. Protect him from the sun with a hat or blanket.
  • Avoid smoking around the baby.  Smoking increases the risk of SIDS, ear infections and other health problems. Let us know if you want help quitting.

 

BABY SPOTLIGHT – SLEEP PROBLEM PREVENTION

 

Initiating good sleeping habits early on will prevent problems with sleep in the future.

 

  • Over the next 2-4 months work to place your baby in the crib when drowsy but still awake.  S/he may be fussy or cry 15-20 minutes before falling asleep, but it is helpful for her to learn to calm herself and fall asleep by herself.  Then as she gets older she will be able to self-sooth when she wakes up in the middle of the night.
  • Try to have bedtime at the same time each night.
  • If she is not naturally extending her time asleep at night, limit naps to no more than 3 hours straight during the day.
  • Make middle-of-the-night feedings brief and boring (keep the lights down, don’t talk to him).  If middle-of-the-night is fun, the baby will be more likely to want to be up then.

See Solve your Child’s Sleep Problem by Ferber

 

Other Resources

  • Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp – A famous book with techniques on soothing fussy babies
  • La Leche League www.llli.org Breastfeeding support
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Food Assistance WIC 1-800-WIC-1007 and SNAP www.mass.gov/snap
  • CDC Vaccine Page www.cdc.gov/vaccines
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • www.healthychildren.org Site by pediatricians about a variety of health topics
  • App: Pediatric Symptom MD – a variety of pediatric advice

 

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