1 Month Old Visit from Bright Futures Handout Edited By Mark Simonian MD

How are you feeling
1. Taking care of yourself gives you energy to care for your baby. Remember to go to your postpartum checkups
2. Call your obstetrician if you feel sad or blue, or very tired for more than a few days
3. Know that returning to work or school is hard for many parents
4. Find safe, loving childcare for baby
5. If you plan to go back to work or school, start thinking about how you continue to breast feed

Getting to Know Your Baby
1. Have simple routines each day for bathing, feeding and sleeping
2. Put your baby to sleep on her or his back in your room, not in your bed in a crib with slats less than 2 3/8 inches apart with the crib sides always up
3. If using a playpen, make sure the weave is less than a 1/4 inch and never leave the baby in it with the drop side down
4. Hold and cuddle your baby often
5. Crying is normal and may increase when your baby is 6-8 weeks old
6. When your baby is crying, comfort her or him by talking, patting, stroking, and rocking
7. Never shake your baby
8. If you feel upset, put your baby in a safe place; call for Help

1. Use a rear-facing car seat in all vehicles
2. Never put your baby in the front seat unless you can deactivate the air bag
3. Always wear your seat belt and never drive after using alcohol or drugs
4. Keep your home and car smoke free
5. Keep hanging cords or strings away from and necklaces and bracelets off your baby
6. Keep a hand on your baby when changing clothes or the diaper

Your Baby and Family
1. Plan with your spouse, friends and family to have time to yourself
2. Take time with your spouse too
3. Call for help if you have ever hit or been hurt by someone and if you or your baby are not safe at home
4. Prepare for an emergency or illness
5. Keep a first aid kit in your home
6. Learn infant CPR
7. Have a list of emergency phone numbers
8. Know how to take your baby's temperature rectally. Call our office if it is 100.4 F or higher
9. Wash your hands often to help keep your baby healthy

Feeding Your Baby
1.Feed your baby only breast milk or iron fortified formula in the first 4 to 6 months. Pat rock, undress, or change the diaper to wake your baby to feed
2. Feed your baby when you see signs of hunger like putting hand to mouth, sucking, rooting, or fussing
3. End feeding when you see signs your baby is full like turning away, closing the mouth, relaxed arms and hands
4. Breast feed or bottle feed 8-12 times a day
5. Burp your baby during natural feeding breaks
6. Having 5-8 wet diapers and 3-4 stools each day is normal

Formula Feeding
1. Always prepare, heat , and store formula safely
2. Feed your baby 2 ounces every 2-3 hours. If your baby is still hungry, you can feed more.
3. Hold your baby so you can look at each other
4. Do not prop the bottle

What to expect at 2 month Visit
1. Sleep and crib safety
2. Keeping your home safe for your baby
3. Consider getting back to work and child care
4. Feeding your baby

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