Growth & Development
- Most babies regain their birth weight by two weeks of age.
- Breast milk or formula is the only food your baby needs for the first few months. Nurse exclusively for the first two weeks. Please remember, we have a Lactation Specialist available to help.
- Breast fed babies will be started on Trivisol (vitamins A, D, C) or D-Visol (vitamin D) one dropper full (1ml) every day.
- Formula fed babies should be held during feeding; do not prop the bottle!
- Your baby should have 6-8 wet diapers a day.
- Babies should always be put to sleep on their backs.
- Your baby can sleep in your room if you wish, but not in your bed.
- Do not use loose, soft bedding in the crib. Do not put toys, bumper pads or pillows in with your baby.
- Newborn infants sleep about 16 hours a day, with a range of between 10 and 20 hours spaced over 24 hours.
- The car safety seat should be rear-facing in the middle of the back seat in all vehicles. Your baby should never be in a seat with a passenger air bag. Follow all manufacturer directions for proper car seat installation and us.
- Keep your car and home smoke free!
- Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120°F.
- Don’t forget Tummy Time! When your baby is awake a little supervised time every day is recommended for development. This helps strengthen muscles of the neck and upper back to help your baby later on when rolling over, sitting and crawling.
Next Visit: 1 month checkup