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Here are some suggestions from Bright Futures experts that may be of value to your family
Taking care of yourself gives you the energy to care for your baby. Remember to go for your postpartum checkup.
Find ways to spend time alone with your partner.
Keep in touch with family and friends.
Give small but safe ways for your other children to help with the baby, such as bringing things you need or holding the baby's hand.
Spend special time with each child reading, talking, or doing things together.
Have simple routines each day for bathing, feeding, sleeping, and playing.
Put your baby to sleep on her back.
In a crib, in your room, not in your bed.
In a crib that meets current safety standards, with no drop-side rail and slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
Find more information on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
If your crib has a drop-side rail, keep it up and locked at all times. Contact the crib company to see if there is a device to keep the drop-side rail from falling down.
Keep soft objects and loose bedding such as comforters, pillows, bumper pads, and toys out of the crib.
Give your baby a pacifier if she wants it.
Hold, talk, cuddle, read, sing, and play often with your baby. This helps build trust between you and your baby.
Tummy time—put your baby on her tummy when awake and you are there to watch.
Learn what things your baby does and does not like.
Notice what helps to calm your baby such as a pacifier, fingers or thumb, or stroking, talking, rocking, or going for walks.
Use a rear-facing car safety seat in the back seat in all vehicles.
Never put your baby in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag.
Always wear your seat belt and never drive after using alcohol or drugs.
Keep your car and home smoke-free.
Keep plastic bags, balloons, and other small objects, especially small toys from other children, away from your baby.
Your baby can roll over, so keep a hand on your baby when dressing or changing him.
Set the water heater so the temperature at the faucet is at or below 120°F.
Never leave your baby alone in bathwater, even in a bath seat or ring.
Start planning for when you may go back to work or school.
Find clean, safe, and loving child care for your baby.
Ask us for help to find things your family needs, including child care.
Know that it is normal to feel sad leaving your baby or upset about your baby going to child care.
Feed only breast milk or iron-fortified formula in the first 4–6 months.
Avoid feeding your baby solid foods, juice, and water until about 6 months.
Feed your baby when your baby is hungry.
Feed your baby when you see signs of hunger.
Putting hand to mouth
Sucking, rooting, and fussing
End feeding when you see signs your baby is full.
Closing the mouth
Relaxed arms and hands
Burp your baby during natural feeding breaks.
Feed your baby 8 or more times each day.
Plan for pumping and storing breast milk. Let us know if you need help.
If Formula Feeding
Feed your baby 6–8 times each day.
Make sure to prepare, heat, and store the formula safely. If you need help, ask us.
Hold your baby so you can look at each other.
Do not prop the bottle.
Your baby and family
Feeding your baby
Sleep and crib safety
Calming your baby
Playtime with your baby
Caring for your baby and yourself
Keeping your home safe for your baby
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