Your Baby's Development
Place your baby so she is sitting up and can look around.
Talk with your baby by copying the sounds she makes.
Look at and read books together.
Play games such as peekaboo, patty-cake, and so big.
Don’t have a TV on in the background or use a TV or other digital media to calm your baby.
If your baby is fussy, give her safe toys to hold and put into her mouth. Make sure she is getting regular naps and playtimes.
Introduce one new food at a time.
Ask your health care professional about the need for fluoride.
Clean gums and teeth (as soon as you see the first tooth) 2 times per day with a soft cloth or soft toothbrush and a small smear of fluoride toothpaste (no more than a grain of rice).
Don’t give your baby a bottle in the crib. Never prop the bottle.
Don’t use foods or juices that your baby sucks out of a pouch.
Don’t share spoons or clean the pacifier in your mouth.
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.
If your baby has reached the maximum height/weight allowed with your rear-facing–only car seat, you can use an approved convertible or 3-in-1 seat in the rear-facing position.
Put your baby to sleep on her back.
Choose crib with slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
Lower the crib mattress all the way.
Don’t use a drop-side crib.
Don’t put soft objects and loose bedding such as blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and toys in the crib.
If you choose to use a mesh playpen, get one made after February 28, 2013.
Do a home safety check (stair gates, barriers around space heaters, and covered electrical outlets).
Don’t leave your baby alone in the tub, near water, or in high places such as changing tables, beds, and sofas.
Keep poisons, medicines, and cleaning supplies locked and out of your baby’s sight and reach.
Put the Poison Help line number into all phones, including cell phones. Call your health care professional if you are worried your baby has swallowed something harmful.
Keep your baby in a high chair or playpen while you are in the kitchen.
Do not use a baby walker.
Keep small objects, cords, and latex balloons away from your baby.
Keep your baby out of the sun. When you do go out, put a hat on your baby and apply sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher on her exposed skin.