Getting to Know Your Baby: Babys Second Month Guide
Time has flown. Your little bundle of joy has been a partof your home for more than four weeks now. The new dad andmum are now more relaxed, confident, and really enjoy theirnew responsibilities (at least most of the time). Here are afew pointers on what to expect in baby's second month.
Semblance of order
Baby is no longer attached to mom's breast all the time. Afeed every 2-3 hours usually keeps her satisfied.
Spitting of milk after a feed is normal. Make sure you burpyour baby after every feed.
Your two month-old baby most probably now sleeps 3-4 hoursbetween nighttime feedings. She has definite waking hoursduring the day, which means mom and dad too can work out aroutine.
She knows you!
In baby's second month, she focuses her eyes better, and canfollow an object in an arc about six to eight inches fromher face. She does not actually recognize your face, butdefinitely knows your touch, scent and voice. When you cooto her or talk in gentle soothing tones, she starts to makebabbling sounds in response.
She enjoys smiling faces, smiles in return, and has a wholerange of facial expressions.
I am a big(ger) girl now!
Baby has lost some of her early reflexes and has morecontrol over her movements now. When placed on her stomachshe can lift her head for brief periods. If your baby sucksher fists and fingers, let her enjoy the activity. It istoo early to picture your two month-old walking to schoolwith her thumb in her mouth.
Bath time can be playtime for your two-month old baby.Trimming baby's nails is best done after a bath (with tinyscissors/infant nail clippers).
To use or not to use
If you plan to introduce the bottle, baby's second month isthe perfect time. Breast may be best. But if you have milksupply issues or have to go back to work, bottle-feedingmight be necessary. A combination of both can work welltoo.
Whether to use a dummy or pacifier is a tough choice tomake. Make sure baby's nursing patterns are wellestablished before you do use one.
A regular well-baby check-up is scheduled in baby's secondmonth. Your doctor will allay any doubts you have anddiscuss safety issues like placing baby on her back tosleep, the need for an infant car seat and all the otherquestions you have.
Your baby will get oral polio drops and some shots thismonth, most probably a combination of the triple antigen,Influenza and Hepatitis B. These shots usually cause alittle fever, which can make some babies cranky. Yourdoctor will prescribe a fever medication for your baby.
Daddy's girl too!
Dads can involve themselves in every aspect of childcarethough they tend to do most things differently. Dad holdsbaby in his own way, perhaps a little too firmly, but sheloves it!
Baby's second month sees her turning from a cuteunresponsive newborn into a tiny interactive person. Watchyour little bundle of joy grow and learn a host of thingsalong the way.
Have Fun Purchasing A Stroller For Your Baby
You are getting ready to welcome your baby into your life and one of the items you are considering is a stroller. Strollers come in various styles, features and brands. If you have a newborn you want to be sure the seat fully reclines so your newborn can lie flat. Consider what strollers will need assembly once you purchase it. The restraint system on most strollers is the 5 point restraint; two at the shoulders, two at the hips, and one at the crotch. Be sure to use the restraint system as recommended by the manufacturer for your baby's safety.
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To the uninitiated parent, buying a car seat for your child can seem technical at best. There are a dozen terms designers and retail stores use to describe car seats, their various accessories and features. Below you'll find some handy tips for sorting through the riff raff and deciding what features and accessories you really need for your carseat.
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After all the baby furniture is purchased, you'll have to start thinking of baby safety supplies. Once your baby becomes mobile (and that's in a few short months), battening down the hatches is extremely important.
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The perfect table setting decorating idea will be determined by three main things. First, by where the shower is being held. Second, by the theme you have chosen for your baby shower. Thirdly, by the tastes of the guest of honor and the guests you have invited.
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Every adorable baby deserves equally adorable baby bedding to complete the nursery. There are other things to consider when deciding on what is right for the nursery. Bedding for your baby must be safe as well as fitting in with your decorating theme. You only need a lightweight blanket, no comforter is necessary.
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Decorating a nursery for your new baby can be a fun and exciting experience. It will be the first place for your baby to dream, to experience, and to grow. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Baby Shower Food Items
Baby shower food items are one of the most important features of the baby shower. When guests arrive at a baby shower they are expecting food that includes desserts, appetizers, and baby shower finger food. You don't really have to plan an entire meal, it isn't really expected at this kind of event.
When To Start Teaching Your Baby (2)
With you or without you, your baby will be learning from the moment she is born and starts to take in her new surroundings. Every sight and sound will be a part of her learning process; she will observe everything you do and listen to every word you say. And as the months pass, she will eventually start to copy.Fully conscious teaching, with books and other articles of learning, will come much later on; but of course, it is entirely up to you.
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You will need to begin gathering the things your baby will need, now that you got the news that you are expecting a bundle of joy. You may feel overwhelmed if this is your first baby with all the decisions that need to be made.
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Many parents share custody of their children, which presents a unique problem when it comes to potty training. It's best to discuss potty training and agree on a strategy before you start. Both parents need to be informed about potty training and have the necessary potty training aids.
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Try something new, a Daddy Baby Shower. Even though no one would realistically expect a new daddy-to-be to sit around with his closest buddies, opening baby shower gifts and playing party games while oohing and aahing over the imminent birth of his child. That doesn't mean that Dad can't have a baby shower-type celebration. Daddy deserves to celebrate the birth of his child, too!
Baby Shower Invitation Wording
Your baby shower invitation wording can be either generic or specific. If you know the gender of the baby, then you should try to create gender specific wording for the baby shower invitation. There are wonderful little sayings for baby boys, as well as wonderful sayings for baby girls. But if the gender's not yet known, don't worry. There are many standard wording options as well.
Baby Speech Development - Lost for Words
As children are growing from todddlerhood to childhood parents are very aware and concerned about their child's development. One of the most grieved about concern is the development of speech. If you find that your child's gurgles are not developing into "mama" and "dada" within a short period of time, this will cause anxiety for most.
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Sheepskin offers unique advantages as an underlay for babies. One of the advantages of a sheepskin underlay for babies is portability. Sheepskin is lightweight and easily rolled up, which means that you can always keep a sheepskin underlay at hand to provide a sanitary layer beneath your baby.