Feeding
Feed only breast milk or iron-fortified formula. Feed your baby on-demand, when you see signs of hunger. Most formula-fed babies take about 4-6 ounces every 3-4 hours, though this can vary from child to child. Breast fed babies usually feed every 2-3 hours.  If you are exclusively breast feeding, we also recommend that you continue to give your baby a Vitamin D supplement. You should not give your baby water or juice at this age.  Do not give honey to babies under 1 year of age.


Development

  • Smiles, coos.
  • Follows objects.
  • When lying on stomach, lifts head and chest and can turn head side to side.


Sleep
Babies should be placed to sleep on their backs. Most babies will sleep through the night by 3 to 4 months and nap 4 to 6 hours during the daytime. 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.  During the day, place your baby on his/her tummy while awake and you are supervising.


Safety

  • Remove hanging mobiles from the crib.
  • Keep ropes, cords, necklaces and strings away from your baby to prevent accidental choking.
  • Continue to use a rear-facing infant car seat.
  • Place your baby to sleep on his or her back.
  • If you have gas appliances, install carbon monoxide detectors and ensure that they are working properly.
  • Make sure that your smoke alarms are working properly.
  • Do not smoke in the house, car or around the baby.
  • Be sure to test the water temperature before bathing your baby.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees F.
  • Never hold your baby while drinking hot liquids.
  • Never leave the infant alone in the house or car, even for a minute.
  • Never step away when the baby is on a high place, such as a changing table or sofa.


Immunizations


The DTaP, IPV, Hib, PCV13 are given as shots, but the Rotavirus vaccine is given by mouth.

Your baby may get a fever and be fussy for 24-48 hours after the immunizations. There may also be some soreness, redness and swelling at the sites of the immunizations. Acetaminophen may be given to help make your baby more comfortable.

For more detailed information about each vaccine, click on the above links.

2 month visit

Caring Hands Pediatrics

North Office: 412-369-7720
Robinson Office: 412-921-2345