At well check visits, you can learn and track your baby’s developmental milestones with your pediatrician. Each visit includes a complete physical exam, checking for growth and changes. Write down any questions and concerns and bring them to each well check visit!
Can be stored for two to five days in a refrigerator or for six months in a freezer.
Vitamins are not necessary if the infant is being fed formula. Recent studies have shown that there is not enough vitamin D in breast milk, so you need to give your baby 1 ml/day of vitamin preparation.
By 2 weeks of age, most babies’ feeding and sleeping patterns are waking up two to four times a night to feed. A reasonable goal is for your baby to sleep through the night by 4 to 6 months of age.
Your baby should have developed a social smile and enjoy interacting with people.
Recent studies have shown that there is not enough vitamin D in breast milk and recommends giving your baby 1 ml/day, until your baby drinks 15 ounces of formula or whole milk per day. Vitamin D drops (400 IU) are also available. Consult your pediatrician for your child’s dosage.
This is an exciting period in your life as you notice your child developing new skills. When infants began to babble, they like the people around them to talk back. Have fun talking, singing, reading and playing games with your child.
At this age, most infants are drooling, which means their salivary glands are now beginning to work. Most infants get their first tooth at about 6 months of age.
Most 6-month old babies are sleeping through the night and taking two naps per day.
To prevent injuries, watch your child at all times and baby-proof your home. Make sure you have the Poison Control Center number (402-955-5555) easily accessible.
Once your child has teeth, you should become concerned about prevention of tooth decay.
Remember to clean your child’s teeth daily. Pediatric dentists see children at 1 year of age.
At the 18 month visit, a developmental screening will be administered to verify your child’s development is progressing appropriately.
It is time to evaluate your child’s car seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a backward-facing car seat until 2 years of age. Each car seat is different, so you should read your car seat manual for specific height and weight limits. For up-to-date car seat safety information, visit healthychildren.org.
Daily brushing with a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) containing fluoride is now recommended. AAP suggests that parents begin preventative dental examinations when the child’s first tooth appears – no later than 1 year of age.
Your child’s growth rate will continue to slow down for the next four years. The average child gains about 4 pounds and grows 2.5 inches per year.
Your child is full of movement and personality at this age. You should be impressed by your child’s activity and improving coordination. Running, climbing stairs, climbing on furniture and throwing objects are a few of the skills he is acquiring. Your child should also be able to use a spoon and fork at mealtime. You will hear his vocabulary increase and notice he is putting words together.