Here are some suggestions from Bright Futures experts that may be of value to your family.
How is Your Family Doing?
If you are worried about your living or food situation, talk with your health care professional. Community agencies and programs such as WIC and SNAP can also provide information and assistance.
Ask your health care profesional for help if you have been hurt by your partner or another important person in your life. Hotlines and community agencies can also provide confidential help.
Tobacco-free spaces keep children healthy. Don’t smoke or use e-cigarettes. Keep your home and car smoke-free.
Don’t use alcohol or drugs.
Check your home for mold and radon. Avoid using pesticides.
Feeding Your Baby
Feed your baby only breast milk or iron-fortified formula until she is about 6 months old.
Avoid feeding your baby solid foods, juice, and water until she is about 6 months old.
Feed your baby when she is hungry. Look for her to:
Put her hand to her mouth.
Stop feeding when you see your baby is full. You can tell when she:
Relaxes her arms and hands
Know that your baby is getting enough to eat if she has more than 5 wet diapers and at least 3 soft stools each day and is gaining weight appropriately.
Burp your baby during natural feeding breaks.
Hold your baby so you can look at each other when you feed her.
Always hold the bottle. Never prop it.
Feed your baby on demand generally every 1 to 3 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night.
Give your baby vitamin D drops (400 IU a day).
Continue to take your prenatal vitamin with iron.
Eat a healthy diet.
If Formula Feeding...
Always prepare, heat, and store formula safely. If you need help, ask your health care professional.
Feed your baby 24 to 27 oz of formula a day. If your baby is still hungry, you can feed her more.
How Are You Feeling?
Take care of yourself so you have the energy to care for your baby. Remember to go for your post-birth checkup.
If you feel sad or very tired for more than a few days, let your health care professional know or call someone you trust for help.
Find time for yourself and your partner.
Caring For Your Baby
Hold and cuddle your baby often.
Enjoy playtime with your baby. Put him on his tummy for a few minutes at a time when he is awake.
Never leave him alone on his tummy or use tummy time for sleep.
When your baby is crying, comfort him by talking to, patting, stroking, and rocking him. Consider offering him a pacifier.
Never hit or shake your baby.
Take his temperature rectally, not by ear or skin. A fever is a rectal temperature of 100.4°F/38.0°C or higher. Call your health care professional if you have any questions or concerns.
Wash your hands often.
Use a rear-facing–only car safety seat in the back seat of all vehicles.
Never put your baby in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger airbag.
Make sure your baby always stays in her car safety seat during travel. If she becomes fussy or needs to feed, stop the vehicle and take her out of her seat.
Your baby’s safety depends on you. Always wear your lap and shoulder seat belt. Never drive after drinking alcohol or using drugs. Never text or use a cell phone while driving.
Always put your baby to sleep on her back in her own crib, not in your bed.
Swaddling should be used only with babies younger than 2 months.
If you choose to use a mesh playpen, get one made after February 28, 2013.
Keep hanging cords or strings away from your baby. Don’t let your baby wear necklaces or bracelets.
Always keep a hand on your baby when changing diapers or clothing on a changing table, couch, or bed.
Learn infant CPR. Know emergency numbers. Prepare for disasters or other unexpected events by having an emergency plan.
What to Expect at Your Baby's 2 Month Visit
We will talk about
- Taking care of your baby, your family, and yourself
- Getting back to work or school and finding child care
- Getting to know your baby
- Feeding your baby
- Keeping your baby safe at home and in the car
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-700-7233
- Smoking Quit Line: 800-784-8669
- Information About Car Safety Seats: www.nhtsa.gov/parents-and-caregivers
- Toll-free Auto Safety Hotline: 888-327-4236