Child's Well Visit, 2 Months: Care Instructions

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Your baby is growing fast. They're learning about the world around them and starting to interact more. Your baby may coo, gurgle, and sigh. When lying on their tummy, they may start to push up with their arms.

Your baby may smile back when you smile at them. They may respond to voices that are familiar to them.

Show your baby new and interesting things. Carry your baby around the room, and take them with you when you leave the house. Talk about the things you see.

Keeping your baby safe

  • Always use a rear-facing car seat. Install it properly in the back seat.
  • Never shake or spank your baby.
  • Never leave your baby alone.
  • Do not smoke or let your baby be near smoke.

Keeping your baby safe while they sleep

  • Always put your baby to sleep on their back.
  • Don't put sleep positioners, bumper pads, loose bedding, or stuffed animals in the crib.
  • Don't sleep with your baby. This includes in your bed or on a couch or chair.
  • Have your baby sleep in the same room as you for at least the first 6 months.
  • Don't place your baby in a car seat, sling, swing, bouncer, or stroller to sleep.

Feeding your baby

  • Feed your baby right before they go to sleep.
  • Make middle-of-the-night feedings short and quiet.
  • Feed your baby breast milk or formula with iron.
  • If you breastfeed, continue for as long as it works for you and your baby.

Caring for yourself

  • Trust yourself. If something doesn't feel right with your body, tell your doctor right away.
  • Sleep when your baby sleeps, drink plenty of water, and ask for help if you need it.
  • Watch for the "baby blues." If you or your partner feels sad or anxious for more than 2 weeks, tell your doctor.
  • Call your doctor or midwife with questions about breastfeeding.

Getting vaccines

  • Make sure your baby gets all the recommended vaccines.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

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