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At this age, your baby may:
raise her head slightly when lying on her stomach
fix on a face (prefers human) or object and follow movement
become quiet when he hears voices.
Feed your baby breast milk or formula with iron.
Never prop up a bottle to feed your baby.
Your baby does not need solid foods at this age.
The average baby eats every two to four hours.
Your baby may eat more or less often. He does not need to be "average" to be healthy and normal.
If you breastfeed:
Your baby's stools can vary to once every five days to once every feeding. Your baby's stool pattern may change as he grows.
Your baby's stools will be runny, yellow and "seedy."
To help prevent SIDS(sudden infant death syndrome):
Place your baby to sleep on his back.
Do not use bumper pads in the crib.
Do not use any loose bedding or place stuffed animals in the crib.
Select a firm, snug-fitting mattress.
Have your baby sleep with a pacifier if he takes one.
Have him sleep in his own crib in your room.
Never place your baby to sleep on a couch or sofa.
Never place your baby on a pillow, sheepskin, fluffy bedding, waterbed or other soft surfaces.
Don't allow smoking in your home.
Don't let your baby get overheated.
If you formula feed:
Your baby's stools will have a variety of colors, consistencies and odors.
Your baby may appear to strain during a bowel movement, even if the stools are soft. This can be normal.
Put your baby to sleep on his back, not on his stomach. This can reduce the risk of your baby dying of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the sudden and unpredictable death of a baby younger than 12 months old. It usually happens suddenly to an apparently healthy baby during sleep. Most SIDS deaths occur between the ages of 1 and 4 months.
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, he may sleep six to seven hours each night.
Talk or play with your baby after daytime feedings. Your baby will learn that daytime is for playing and staying awake while nighttime is for sleeping.
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.
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 he can. This is true if your baby is in a high place, such as a changing table.
Never leave your baby alone in a car or with young siblings or pets.
Never place a string, necklace or pacifier attached to a string or cord around your baby's neck.
Use a firm mattress. Do not use soft or fluffy bedding, mats, pillows, or stuffed animals/toys.
Put a washcloth on the bottom of the bath tub to keep your baby from slipping.
When to call your health care provider
Call your health care provider for an appointment if your baby:
Never shake your baby.
has a rectal temperature of more than 100.4 degrees F or 38.0 degrees C
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 him often.
Hold, cradle and touch your baby a lot. Skin-to-skin contact is important. You cannot spoil him by holding or cuddling him.
Read to your baby every night.
What you can expect
You will likely be tired and busy. 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.