Growth & Development
- Your baby now smiles spontaneously, laughs aloud, is excited at the sight of food and has more conversational sounds.
- Your baby reaches for and grasps objects and will often put them in his/her mouth.
- There is no more head lag.
- The legs can now bear weight and your baby will push with his/her feet if held upright.
- 4 to 6 feedings (24 to 32 ounces) per 24 hours.
- Cereal fortified with iron, dry pack rice or barley cereal mixed with formula or breast milk to a thin consistency can be introduced.
- Always keep small objects and plastic bags away from your baby.
- Always keep a hand on your baby on any high surface from which he/she could fall and be hurt.
- Never leave baby alone in bathwater, even in a bath seat or ring.
- Lower the crib mattress before baby is able to sit upright.
- Make sure side are always up on the crib.
- Do not use a baby walker.
- Encourage interactive play with your baby. Good toys include rattles, baby mirrors, cradle gyms, and bells.
- Playpens can be used now.
- Never leave your baby unattended in jolly jumpers, swings or infant seats.
- Use a cold teething ring if your baby has sore gums with teething.
Next Visit: 6 month checkup