Your baby still needs only breast milk or infant formula to meet his or her nutritional needs. Breast fed babies usually feed every 2 to 3 hours. Formula fed babies usually take about 2 to 4 ounces every 3 to 4 hours. If you are exclusively breast feeding, we also recommend that you give your baby a Vitamin D supplement. You should not give your baby water or juice at this age.
Babies usually have at least 6 wet diapers per day. Bowel movements can vary from baby to baby. Breast fed babies tend to have loose, yellow, seedy bowel movements, which can occur with almost every feeding. Some babies only produce a bowel movement every 3 days. As long as the bowel movements are soft and easy to pass, it can be normal to not have a bowel movement every day. It is normal for babies to strain and grunt with bowel movements. However, if your baby is producing hard balls of stool and crying when trying to stool, discuss this with the physician.
Babies should be placed to sleep on their backs. Some babies may sleep through the night at this age, but many still wake up every 3 to 4 hours. Most babies will sleep through the night by 3 to 4 months. Try to place your baby in the crib when he or she is drowsy, but still awake. Do not put your baby in bed with a bottle. Try to establish a good bedtime routine to help your child learn to fall asleep on his or her own and to sleep through the night.
Try to avoid rocking your baby until he or she is completely asleep. This will help your baby learn to fall asleep on his own and be more likely to sleep through the night. When babies awaken in the middle of the night, they frequently need the same surroundings to help them fall back to sleep. So if your baby is used to being rocked to sleep, he will need to be rocked again when he wakes in the middle of the night. If you help your child learn to fall asleep independently, he will be more likely to put himself back to sleep on his own.
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North Office: 412-369-7720
Robinson Office: 412-921-2345
300 Cedar Ridge Dr., Ste 309
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
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