Bright Futures Parent Handout Edited By Mark Simonian MD

2-5 Day Visit

How are You Feeling?
1.  Call your Obstetrician or primary care giver for help if you feel sad, blue or overwhelmed for more than a few days
2. Try to sleep or rest when your baby sleeps.
3. Take help from family and friends.
4. Give your children small, safe ways to help you with your baby
5.  Spend special time alone with each child
6.  Keep up family routines
7. If you are offered advice that you do not want or do not agree with, smile, say thanks, and change the subject.

Feeding Your Baby
1. Feed only breast milk or iron-fortified formula, in the first 6 months
2. Feed when your baby is hungry (Baby is doing this:)
Puts hands in mouth
Sucks or roots
Fussy
3. End feeding when your baby is full
turns away
closes mouth
relaxes hands

If Breastfeeding
1. Breast 8-12 times
2. Make sure your baby has 6-8 wet diapers a day
3. Avoid food you are allergic to
4. A breastfeeding specialist can give you information and support on how to position your baby to make you more comfortable

If Formula Feeding
1. Offer your baby 2 ounces every 2-3 hours, more if still hungry
2. Hold your baby so you can look at each other while you are feeding
3. Do not prop the boittle
4. You can give your baby a pacifier when sleeping

Baby Care
1. Use a rectal or Temporal artery thermometer not an ear thermometer
2. Check for fever, which is a rectal temperature of 100.4 or higher
3. In babies younger than 2 months , fever can indicate a serious problem. Call the office if your young baby's temperature is over 100.4
4. Take a first aid and infant CPR class
5. Have a list of phone numbers for emergencies
6. Have everyone who touches the baby wash their hands first
7. Was your hands often
8. Avoid crowds
9. Keep your baby out of the sun,; use sunscreen only if there is no shade
10. Know that babies get many rashes from 4-8 weeks of age. Call the office for an appointment if you are worried

Getting Used to Your Baby
1. Comfort your baby
2. Gently touch baby's head
3. Rock baby
4. Start routines for babthing, feeding, sleeping, and playing daily
5. Help wake your baby for feeding by:
Patting
Changing diaper
Undressing
6. Put your baby to sleep on his or her back in a safe crib, in your room, not your bed, swaddled or with tucked blankets
7. Do not use loose, soft bedding or toys in the crib such as comforters, pillows, pillow-like bumper pads
8. Use a crib with slats 2 3/8 inches apart or less
9. Keep the baby from getting too cold or warm

Safety
1.The car safety seat should be rear-facing in the middle of the back seat in all vehicles
2. Your baby should never be in a seat with a passenger air bag
3. Keep your car and home smoke free
4. Keep your baby safe from hot water and hot drinks
5. Do not drink hot drinks while holding your baby
6. Make sure your water heater is set at lower than 120 degrees F
7.Test your baby's bath water with your wrist
8. Always wear a seat belt and never drink and drive

What to Expect at 1 month Visit
1. Any concerns you have about your baby
2. Feeding your baby and watching her or him grow
3. Ho your baby is doing with your whole family
4. Caring for and protecting yur baby
5. Safety at home and in the car

Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Child Safety Seat inspection: 1-866-SEATCHECK; www.seatcheck.org