Congratulations! During the first six weeks of life your baby will be learning the difference between day and night – infants sleep 16 to 17 hours a day.  Breast milk is the ideal food for infants – if you need help or support, please call our office.

At two months you will have a visit to the baby doctor for a well child exam – immunizations will be given at this visit. Your baby will be able to smile at you and let you know when they are hungry, tired or cold. Enjoy time holding, cuddling, singing, reading and playing with your baby.

At four months there will be another well child exam – immunizations will be given at this visit. Your child will become more active and verbal. Babies this age will sleep about 15 hours a day.

You will have another well child visit with immunizations; at this visit feeding solids to your baby will be discussed. This is an exciting time where your baby begins to roll over all the way, sits up first with support and then without, transfers objects from one hand to another.

You will have a well child exam this month and your baby doctor will ask you to complete a questionnaire that will measure where your child is in their development. As your baby begins to crawl he/she will want to touch everything – this is how they learn.

At one year you may transition your child from breast and/or formula to cow’s milk. Continue to have your child in a rear facing car seat until he/she reaches the weight and height limit for rear facing use on the car seat. Your child will begin to show preferences for toys and people.

Children need about 14 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period at this age. Most will give up their morning nap and move to a longer afternoon nap, as they do this you may need to adjust to an earlier bedtime. Foods should include balanced and healthy choices.

Additional Developmental Screening will occur at this well child visit. Enjoy this time as your child begins to show affection, use a spoon, and listen to a story. Most toddlers can eat table foods cut into small pieces, drink from a sippy cup and be fully weaned from a bottle.

At this age you can give your child choices between two good things in snacks, toys, and books.  It is not unusual for children to be picky eaters at this age.  They may not want to eat or may eat only one type of food, continue to offer a variety of nutrient rich foods.  Continue with normal bed

During this year your child will move into a world full of fantasy and vivid imagination. Your child will be interested in new experiences but may imagine that unfamiliar images may be “monsters”.

Your four year old will seek independence, while still needing reassurance from you. Continue to offer a balanced diet and make sure to include them in mealtime conversation. Limit screen time (TV, computer and video games) to two hours a day. Your child will need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day.

Continue to offer a balanced diet. Avoid junk foods, soda and fast foods. Milk should be limited to 16 to 18 ounces per day. A regular bedtime and consistent bedtime routine are best. Take time to have your five year old share about their day. At this age your child needs more independence.

Continue to offer a balanced diet including at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. A serving size is one piece of fruit or ½ cup of vegetables. Six year olds need about eleven hours of sleep a night.

Continue to offer a well-balanced diet. Encourage eating breakfast every day. Encourage twice daily teeth brushing. Get to know your child’s teacher(s), volunteer your services at school or in your child’s extracurricular activities.

Work on communication with your child. Show interest in your child’s daily activities. Know where your child is at all times, arrange for adult supervision when you are away.

Continue to offer a well balanced diet. Foster open communication with your child and answer questions regarding development, family values, school issues and other topics of interest.

Encourage a well balanced diet and adequate rest. Continue to be consistent with rules regarding homework, screen time, outside activities, and chores.