60 days to 119 days

Baby Tracker 3

FEEDING YOUR BABY

  • Baby at this stage is susceptible to infections as the body defense mechanism 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:
    -  Turning away.
    -  Keeping mouth away.
  • Burping after feeds will release little bubbles of air that become trapped in stomach. These bubbles can make baby uncomfortable and cranky. By burping your baby, you help to free up room in her tummy, so he/she can settle and will reduce occurrence of infant colic. Putting baby to sleep on its stomach with face turned to the side also helps in reducing gas. Do this after one hour of feeding to avoid vomiting.

YOUR BABY AND FAMILY

  • Encourage partner to be involved in care of baby. Also if baby’s sibling wants to touch or hold baby, do not refuse. Supervise it , the sibling can sit on the bed and hold baby on his lap for few minutes. Always ensure hand washing by sibling/relatives before they touch the baby. This reduces chance of infection.
  • Plan and pen down the important tasks which you need to do or get settled before you go back to work.
    Before hiring a baby sitter interview them properly and have 1-2 trial sessions where they handle the baby in your presence. A caregiver should be professionally trained, hygienic, loving and mature.
  • Feeling sad and upset is very natural when you have to go back to work and leave your baby to a caregiver or babysitter, so try to mentally prepare yourself for this situation.
  • Consult your pediatrician regarding feeding options at least 2 weeks before joining work.

BABY MOTHER BONDING

  • By now the baby’s eyes have started following a pen/pencil. The baby now also responds by smiling.
  • Sound producing toys are suitable for this age.
  • Always maintain eye contact while talking with the baby.
  • Place hanging toys on the crib just out of reach of baby’s hands to stimulate him to reach out and grasp the toy. These should not have sharp edges.
  • The baby should be carried astride (legs separated), to avoid falling out of your arms.
  • Set a time table to give your maximum time to the baby and practice routine activities like bathing, feeding, sleeping and playing. To make the baby sleep, sing songs or recite poems/stories to the baby.
  • 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.
  • Baby should recognize your touch, so try to comfort your baby by gently touching the head with your hands, hold and cuddle your baby often, build trust and bonding with the baby.
  • When you are doing normal household work try to do it in the room where your baby is playing. Make them lie down on his/ her tummy, in this position your baby will be able to see you and you can also keep a watch. This also helps in baby’s development.
  • Spend more and more time with the baby and try to understand their likes and dislikes.
  • 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.

SAFETY MEASURES

  • 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 may cause suffocation to the baby.
  • Never drink and drive the car (neither with the baby nor alone) and always wear a seat belt while driving.
  • Baby should always be kept away from the sharp and small objects and also from the toys of other grown up children.
  • 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 one. 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

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