- Each day you will probably notice your child smiling and cooing more. Your child will be showing a greater interest in objects within their environment.
- Babies learn by observing and listening. This is a great time to interact with your child, so talk to them and read to them, as well as show them interesting toys like mobiles.
- Babies are developing stronger neck and trunk muscles. You can act like their “personal trainer” by allowing them to spend time bearing weight on their legs and placing them on their tummies two or three times a day.
- Breast milk, or formula, is all your baby needs at this time. Continue to give Vitamin D 400IU daily.
- As your baby grows and gains weight you will notice that the feedings will be further apart and the feeding times will be more predictable.
- For breast feeding moms, an occasional “relief bottle” may provide you a little more flexibility and a well deserved rest!
- You may be getting closer, but it likely will still be at least a couple of months before your baby is sleeping through the night.
- Some babies take “cat naps” and others nap for long periods.
- You can encourage your child to sleep when you do by trying to keep them awake for longer periods during the day. Put your baby down for naps and bedtime while still awake, allowing him or her to learn to fall asleep on their own. Babies thrive on schedules. Babies thrive on schedules.
- If you are breast feeding you may have already noticed that your child is stooling less than they did several weeks ago. Some breast fed babies will even go up to a week between bowel movements. This is normal as long as the stool is not excessively hard or your baby is not straining for long periods; we would not consider him or her to be constipated.
- Babies will still typically have between 4 and 10 wet diapers a day.
- Aside from a hepatitis B vaccine that your child probably received in the hospital after they were born, this will be the first set of vaccinations for your baby.
- Your baby may develop a low grade fever after the vaccinations. They may be fussy or sleepy afterwards; and may be sore, or red at the site of injection. You may give your child Tylenol for any of these symptoms, but wait until after the vaccines are given. We can help you determine the correct dosage of Tylenol.
- You can review additional immunization information on our website, at our vaccines and immunizations page.
Your child’s next visit is at 4 months of age