What are some developmental milestones my baby should be reaching at two months?
A few things to look for include being able to hold the head temporarily upright, tracking and following objects visually, smiling interactively and responding to voices.
At two months, can I start my baby on cereals, baby foods, juice or water yet?
No, there is no nutritional advantage to starting other foods now. Moreover, your baby's oropharyngeal (oral airway) motor skills are too immature at this time. Your baby should be exclusively breastfed or formula fed until at least four months old. Then you may start cereals, followed by baby foods. Water and juice should only be offered after six months.
What are some developmental milestones my baby should be reaching at four months?
The baby should be raising the body up somewhat by using the arms, reaching for and grabbing some objects, visually following objects for 180 degrees, starting to roll over and differentiating individuals.
How many colds do infants get each year?
Studies show that infants and children usually contract an average of 6-8 colds per year. Colds are caused by viral infections, and as such, antibiotics don't help. Nasal saline, bulb suctioning, a humidifier, and elevating the head of the bed are the best therapies. Colds usually resolve in 7-10 days.
How much should my baby sleep?
Every child is different. Most babies will sleep between 16-20 hours per day.
What is considered a fever in a newborn?
Anything equal to or greater than 100.4 degrees (measured rectally) is considered a fever. If a baby less than two months old has a fever, you should contact the pediatrician immediately.
How often should I feed my baby?
Newborns should generally be fed on demand. However, you should at least attempt to feed every 3-4 hours, especially the first few weeks of life.
Should I breastfeed or formula feed?
The decision is best made before delivery. You should make the decision you are most comfortable with. Breastfeeding does provide some definite advantages including decreased risks of asthma, allergies, and eczema. Also, the mother is able to provide antibodies to the infant, which will help keep disease away in theses critical early months. That said, most formulas are very good, too, these days