Co-sleeping (sleeping in the same bed with your baby) is not recommended.
Your baby needs about 16 hours of sleep each day.
Your baby may sleep between three and 3 ½ hours in a row at night. This will vary. By the time your baby is 2 months old, she may sleep six to seven hours each night.
Talk to or play with your baby after daytime feedings. She will learn that daytime is for playing and staying awake while nighttime is for sleeping.
Use an approved car seat for the height and weight
of your baby every time she rides in a vehicle.
The car seat must be properly secured in the back seat.
According to state law, the car seat must be rear-facing
(facing the rear window) until your baby is 1 year old.
Safety studies suggest that babies should be rear-facing
until age 2.
Be a good role model for your baby. Do not talk or text
on your cellphone while driving.
Secure the car seat in the back seat of your vehicle. Make sure the car seat faces the rear window. This is the safest way for your baby to ride in a vehicle.
Make sure the slats in your baby’s crib are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Some old cribs are unsafe because a baby’s head can become stuck between the slats.
Keep your baby away from fires, hot water, stoves, wood burners and other hot objects.
Do not let anyone smoke in your house or car at any time. Exposure to smoke can increase the number of respiratory or ear infections your baby gets.
Use properly working smoke detectors in your house, including the nursery. Test your smoke detectors when daylight-saving time begins and ends.
Have a carbon monoxide detector near the furnace area.
Never leave your baby alone, even for a few seconds.
Your baby may not be able to roll over, but assume
Keep one hand on your baby at all times during diaper
changes and while giving your baby a bath.
Never leave your baby alone in a car or with young siblings or pets.
Never place a string or necklace around your baby's neck. This also applies to attaching a pacifier to a string or cord.
Use a firm mattress. Do not use soft or fluffy bedding, mats, pillows, stuffed animals or toys.
Put a washcloth on the bottom of the bath tub to keep your baby from slipping.
Never shake your baby.
Keep your baby out of the sun. If you are outside, dress
your baby in a hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants. Don't
use sunscreen on your baby until she is 6 months old.
When to call your health care provider
Call your health care provider for an appointment if your baby:
has a rectal temperature higher than 100.4 degrees F
eats less than usual or has a weak suck at the nipple
vomits or has diarrhea
acts irritable or sluggish
What your baby needs
Give your baby lots of eye contact and talk to her often.
Hold, cradle and touch your baby a lot. Skin-to-skin contact is important. You cannot spoil her by holding or cuddling her.
Read to your baby every night.
What you can expect
You will likely be tired and busy. Rest and sleep when your baby sleeps. You and your partner need time together and time to relax.
If you and your partner are returning to work, you should think about child care.
You may feel overwhelmed, scared or exhausted. Ask family or friends for help. If you "feel blue" for more than two weeks, call your health care provider. You may have depression.
Being a parent is the biggest job you will ever have. Support and information are important. Reach out for help when you feel the need.
Clean your baby's mouth with a clean cloth or a
soft toothbrush and water.
Make regular dental appointments for cleanings and
checkups starting at age 3 or earlier if there are questions
or concerns. (Starting at the age of 6 months, your baby
may need fluoride supplements if you have well water.)