Age 0-1 Months
FEEDING / GROWTH:
Your baby’s primary source of nutrition is breast milk or formula. For some babies, this may mean feeding every 1-3 hours. We recommend feeding “on demand”, and not to put them on a “schedule” at such a young age. If you are breast feeding, make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids, at least 8 glasses/day, and eating a well balanced diet.
Formula fed babies should be taking between 20-30 ounces/day. Almost half of normal newborns will spit up some of their feedings in the first 4-5 months. If the baby is growing well and not in pain right after the spitting, then there is no cause for concern. No adult cow’s milk or honey until 1 year of age. No foods or juice yet unless specifically recommended by us. Start solids between 4-6 months. Please do not prop the bottle or let the baby go to sleep with a bottle. This will prevent dental cavities and help prevent ear problems.
If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and exhausted, you are not alone. Your baby is adjusting to life out of the uterus. You will one day sleep again! Most babies need to eat during the night, and many every 2-3 hours. Nap if possible during the day when the infant is sleeping. BACK TO SLEEP. To help prevent SIDS, we want all babies to sleep on their backs.
URINE & STOOLS:
Your baby should have at least six wet diapers/day. Your baby should stool at least once/day. She/he may cry, bring up their legs, and strain with stools. This is normal. Stools are normal if they are soft or watery and can vary in color (brown, tan, yellow, or green).
Crying may increase over the next few weeks. At times, it will be easy to figure out what your baby wants (food, diaper change, holding), but often there will be no identifiable cause. You can not “spoil” your baby by holding and hugging. Get other people (family & friends) to help you before you get too frustrated and tired.
Your Baby can turn towards your voice and may lift his/her head. Your baby likes looking at faces. Cuddle, talk, sing, read and play with your baby. If you have other children, try to set aside a small portion of the day just for them. A special 15 minutes alone with your older child (or children) will make the adjustment easier.
PREVENT BURNS: Prevent burns by turning down the water heater to 120 degrees. Never hold the baby while you hold hot soup, tea or coffee.
CAR SEAT: A car seat must be used for every journey. The seat should be rear facing until 20 pounds AND 1 year.
SMOKE EXPOSURE: Smoking is very harmful to your health (causing lung cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses) and to your child’s health. If you smoke, your child is more likely to get infections of the ears, sinuses, and lungs. If you do smoke, talk with your doctor or other health care provider about getting help with quitting.
HANDWASHING: Wash hands to prevent infections. Have everyone wash their hands before touching the baby.
CROWDS: Avoid crowded places like churches, movie theaters, and malls during the first 2 months.
THERMOMETER USE: Learn how to use a thermometer. Call our office if a rectal temperature is greater than 100.4.