Parents have a lot to learn when a child is born, and it might seem overwhelming at first. It is perfectly normal to feel a little uneasy, but do not forget that you have a support system like your family or health care providers. Hopefully, a few tips on your baby’s first three months will help guide you in the right direction.
The Very First Month
One thing that parents worry about is just how unpredictable the baby is when it comes to eating. Infants usually have strange eating patterns. Still, your baby should feed around six times a day, unless you are breastfeeding. If you will be breastfeeding, your bundle of joy should feed around 12 times.
Keep your little one away from infectious people or kids, as his or her immune system might not be that strong. Do not forget to take your child to get the second Hep one shot. He or she should have received the first Hep shot at birth. You can always talk to a health care provider, such as Entira Family Clinics, should you have any question.
Second Bubbly Month
Your child should get a little hungrier in the second month. You want to keep up with his or her feeding needs as much as possible. It may be necessary to use both breasts if you are breastfeeding. It is important to encourage development, too. Talk to your baby in simple words or rhymes. Play music, and let the baby interact with colorful objects to encourage vision development.
Do not forget to visit the doctor as the second month is a big month for immunizations. The following are just some of the shots that he or she will need:
- DTaP that stands for diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccines
- Hib or the haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine
- IPV or polio vaccine
- PCV and PPSV ( pneumococcal) shots
- RV (also called the rotavirus vaccine)
Third Joyful Month
Feeding starts to normalize around this time, meaning it should be a lot easier to pump your breast should you need to. You will know when your baby wants food. The child should be able to sleep around five or even six hours, meaning he or she should sleep through the night.
It might be a good idea to show your baby different surroundings and help develop his or her senses. Play different sounds for your child, and let him or her touch different textures like sand, dirt, and any other thing that you can think of. Make sure you clean the child’s hands afterward.
This month is not big on vaccines, but it is always a good idea to keep in touch with health care providers, to stay on top of your baby’s health.
About the author
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.