Preparing for Your Baby’s First Year
Did You Know At Two to Three Months Old, Your Baby…
- will be able to smile back at you?
- will be able to lift his or head 45 degrees while lying on his or her stomach?
- will giggle and laugh?
- will be able to wave his or her hands and maybe even clap them together?
ImmunizationsScheduled well-baby visits also means scheduled immunization shots. Your baby will be thrilled! Here is a list of recommended immunizations for your baby and when they typically occur:
- DTaP - Protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis Recommended at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 months, 18 months
- IPV - Protects against polio Recommended at 2 months, 4 months and between 6 to 18 months
- MMR - Protects against measles, mumps and rubella Recommended between 12 to 15 months and between 4 to 6 years
- Var - Protects against varicella, or chicken pox Recommended at 12 to 18 months
- Hib - Protects against hemophilus influenzae Recommended at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 12 months
- HepB - Protects against hepatitis B Recommended at birth, between 1 to 4 months and between 6 to 18 months
- PCV7 - Protects against meningitis, pneumonia, ear infections and more Recommended at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and at 12 to 15 months
- Flu - Protects against influenza (the flu) Recommended at any time between 6 months to 18 years
Childproofing Your HomeBabies are curious, perhaps even more curious than the proverbial cat. Your home probably has a number of "trouble spots" that could be dangerous for your curious child. Remember, just because a trouble spot seems out of reach, a child will be able to reach for things and use furniture to climb up areas. Here is a list of trouble spots to consider:
- Electrical Outlets - Cover all electrical outlets in the home with plate covers.
- Electrical Cords - Electrical cords could lead to shock or the child pulling on them and having an object fall on him or her. Put them out of reach behind furniture.
- Blind or Curtain Cords - Keep cords tied up and high up from the floor, as they are a choking hazard.
- Windows - Windows must be screened and shouldn't be able to be opened past six inches. Don't keep any climbable objects next to them.
- Dressers - Be sure to shut all dresser drawers and keep them locked if possible. It is also important to make sure top heavy dressers and furniture are secured to the wall so they cannot fall on top of a baby or young child who pulls up on them.