Baby Tracker 2
Baby is now is 1 month old
FEEDING YOUR BABY
- Baby at this stage is susceptible to infections as the body defense mechanism of is still building up, therefore it is advisable that for the first 6 months baby should be fed only with breast milk.
- No pre lacteal/para-lacteal feeds, no water for initial 6 months. Avoid bottle and pacifiers.
- Feed only when baby shows some signs that he/she is hungry like:
Putting hand or fingers in the mouth.
Sucking, rooting and fussing.
- Stop feeding when the baby's tummy is full. The signs which your baby shows are:
Keeping mouth away from nipple
- Sunlight is a good source of Vitamin D which helps in building immune system. Hence, exposure to sunlight early in the morning for a good amount of time is recommended.
- Baby passes stool & urine 6-8 times a day and stools are yellow coloured like brinjal seeds.
YOUR BABY AND FAMILY
- Avoid going out of house except when you need to visit a doctor, specially avoid crowded places.
- Always wash your hands at regular intervals especially before touching the baby so that he/she does not catch any infection. This should be taken care of by all – siblings/relatives.
- Always have a handy list of emergency phone numbers with you.
- Contact your doctor if your baby has fever above 100.4 *F = 38C. Measure by a thermometer kept in the armpit for a few minutes, never put it in the mouth.
BABY MOTHER BONDING
- Taking the baby to your shoulders against your chest and making him burp after every feed will reduce gas formation and infant colic.
- Baby has developed social smile reflex by now and also has started responding to your voice, the bell/rattle/clap.
- Baby should recognize your touch, so try to comfort your baby by gently touching their head with your hands and frequently cuddle the baby.
- Set a time table for devoting your maximum time to the baby where you practice routine activities like bathing, feeding, sleeping and playing. Make a routine of giving the baby a daily oil massage for 5-10 minutes.
- If you sing your baby to sleep, it would help in strengthening the bond.
- To make the baby awake for feeding you can tap, rock, undress, or change the diaper.
- Hang brightly colored objects across the crib. Red is the first color a baby perceives. So bring lots of red colored toys. These should not have sharp edges.
- Let your baby sleep in your room but in a crib or cradle and not on the bed.
- Buy a baby crib which does not have a drop-side rail and its slats should be less than 2.5 inches apart. Carefully follow the instructions given by the manufacturer before using the crib. Replace the crib immediately if is unstable, has any cracks/damages/ missing parts.
- Keep only those objects in the crib which do not cause any injury to the baby like comforters & pillows. Bumper pads and toys should be kept out of the crib as they can hurt the baby.
- To make the baby awake for feeding you can gently tap, rock, undress, or change the diaper.
- Baby should recognize your touch, so try to comfort your baby by gently touching the head with your hands.
- When the baby is of 6-8 weeks crying is normal, do not get nervous and just try to comfort your baby by talking, making eye contact, making funny faces, patting, stroking. Never shake the baby; this can make him feel more anxious.
- If you find the baby's crying sounds unreasonable and unmanageable, do not be upset or aggressive towards the baby and call for immediate help of family members and doctor.
- Baby follows a circular routine of feeding, passing stools and urine and sleeping for first few months of life.
- Most babies sleep during the day and are awake at night. Parents must be mentally prepared for this routine. Mothers should rest when the baby sleeps otherwise she will soon get exhausted. By three months, baby begins to be awake at daytime.
- Your baby must be seated in a car safety seat while travelling.( the car safety seat should be preferably installed at the centre of a rear seat, facing backwards)
- Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has an active air bag. If the air bag inflates, it can push against the car seat and cause a head injury to the baby.
- Always keep your home, car and surroundings smoke free as it causes suffocation to the baby.
- Never drink and drive the car, neither with the baby nor alone. Always wear seat belt while driving.
- Always secure the baby with your hands before changing the clothes or the diapers to prevent the baby from falling as now the baby can roll over on their own.
- In order to avoid accidents like burns/ scalding / drowning while bathing :
- Always set your water heater at a temperature lower than 120 deg F i.e. 49 deg C approximately.
- Always open cold water tap first for filling the bath tub and then the hot water tap. Once the required level is reached, close the hot water tap first followed by the cold one.
- Before giving bath to the baby check the temperature of the water by inserting your own elbow / wrist first. Ideal bath water temperature for infants is approximately 90-100 degree F i.e. 32-38 degree C.
- Fill the baby bath tub / basin with not more than 5 inches of water and gently place your baby in a propped up position, supporting the baby's head. The water level should not rise above the baby's waist.( a child can drown in as little as one inch of water and it takes only 3 minutes or less for a baby to drown