Face and other features may appear to be swollen, maybe even bruised, caused by the birth itself.
More Newborn Characteristics
Baby takes short breaths from the stomach area.
Baby sleeps on average 16 hours a day. ( Video on next page)
Baby girl may have white vaginal draining and/or slight vaginal spotting. This is caused by hormones from mom.
Baby has milia, or baby acne, caused by mom's hormones.
1. Make sure the baby is healthy and feeling well
2. Be glad the baby is not being fussy
3. Keep even an a closer eye to make sure she looks okay
Morning: My baby doesn't cry very much
Evening: You have no energy to do anything
1. Sleep while the baby is sleeping.
2. Ask a relative or friend to take care of her while you get some rest/alone time.
3. Call my mom to see what she has to say and if I should be concerned about post partum depression.
1. Wait a while to see if the baby is just not hungry.
2. Try feeding the baby breastmilk through a bottle instead of breastfeeding.
3. Call the doctor to see if I should be concerned about her being Lactose-intolerant.
Afternoon: My baby won't nurse
4-6 Weeks Characteristics
1. A baby is able to lift its head and turn from one side to the other when placed on the stomach. (skip to 1:35)
4-6 Weeks Characteristics
8. Baby sticks its tongue out at random times.
9. Baby has moist or sticky eyes from dischage from the tear duct.
5. Able to study things more closely as vision becomes easier to focus.
6. Becomes more chubby, with possibly a double chin and thigh folds.
2. Reacts to a parent's voice.
4. Makes more facial expressions while sleeping.
7. A baby's posture straightens out more.
10. Enjoys using pacifier to self-soothe
Evening: My baby refuses to eat.
1. Try patting her baby and rocking her to calm her down.
2. Sing to her.
3. Give her a nice, warm bath.
Morning: My baby won't stop crying.
1. Call the doctor to see what he recommends.
2. Try different kinds of formula.
3. Give the baby PediaLyte and bring them to the doctor.
Afternoon: Everytime I burn my baby, she spits up.
1. Review my diet to make sure its not something I am eating.
2. Call the doctor to ask what to do.
3. Try giving her formula. If she continues to spit up, bring her to the doctor to check for acid reflex issues or lactose intolerance.
3. Lifts head and chest when on stomach
2. Holds head steady when held up
10-14 Week Characteristics
8. Wave and kick arms and legs
10. Really loves being held and cuddled with
9. Loves to grasp objects
6. Starts to babble (See video on next page)
Morning: My baby has just had her first DPT immunization and the area is red and swollen.
1. Do research to see if this is normal.
2. Be gentle with that area and keep a close eye on it to see if swelling goes down soon.
3. Call doctor to see what he recommends.
Evening: Since no one gets polio any more, I wonder if immunization is necessary.
1. Do research on internet, looking up pro vs. con
2. Ask parents what was done for myself.
3. Ask doctor what he says at next baby checkup.
1. Call a friend to ask for help.
2. Create a schedule to see if that helps
3. Do what I can and remember to stay calm, ask family members for help.
Afternoon: I can't keep up with laundry!
10-14 Week Chosen and Reason
Evening: I would ask the doctor for advice if I was wondering what to do. I would ask him because their are the best source of information.
Afternoon: I would choose to create a schedule to see if it helps keeping up with laundry, because schedules usually help me keep stuff under control.
Morning: If my child's immunization site was swollen, I would do some research to see if it is normal because sometimes an swollen area is normal.
1. Supports upper body on hands
when lying on stomach.
2. Shows preference for red and blue
3. Rolls from tummy to back
4. Puts hand in mouth
5. Rocks when placed on stomach
6. Knows mood depending on speech
7. Turns head toward sound
8. Reaches out and grabs toys
9. Laughs more often
10. Starts to recognize name
4-5 Month Characteristics
1. Make sure she is in a stable condition.
2. Call the doctor to alert them.
3. Bring her to the doctor.
Morning: My baby has a rectal temperature of 104.
Evening: My baby has been constipated for the last several days and this has never happened before.
1. Call a nurse.
2. Examine for other signs of illness to try and find the cause
3. Research information for more inside on what is happening.
Afternoon: The advice my mother-in-law gave me differs strongly from what my doctor says in reference to solid foods.
1. Get a third opinion from a friend
2. Check out what the internet and baby books say.
3. Trust the doctor.
4-5 Month Chosen and Reason
Morning: If my baby had a temperature of 104, I would definitely rush them to the hospital because once a baby reaches 102, they should be brought to the doctor. Something might be seriously wrong.
Afternoon: I would choose getting a third opinion from a friend to make sure I should not be concerned if my mother-in-law brought up an issue.
Evening: I would call a nurse of docotr if my baby became constipated, and it is uncommon. They would have the best opinion on what to do.
6-7 Months Characteristics
-teething has began
-sitting up alone
-eye color reaches permanent color
-may begin creeping
-stands with assistance
-can roll over both ways
-begins to eat solid foods
-starts to learn simple words and recognizes more language from parents
- can follow a path of moving objects with eyes
Morning: My baby loves to suck her toes, and my mother-in-law thinks it is strange.
1. Ignore what she says.
2. Tell her it is just a phase
3. Reassure her that there are several babies who do it as well.
1. Consider the idea that she just doesn't like carrots.
2. Remember to try and feed them to her when she grows a little older.
3. Try mixing them up with different types of food.
Evening: My baby refuses to ear carrots and spits them up when you feed them to her or him.
Afternoon: My baby seems to have no appetite.
1. Try giving her different types of baby food.
2. Alternate back to a bottle to see if she takes that.
3. Ask my mother for advice on what to do.
Morning: I would ignore my mother-in-law if she said something being weird about my kid because it is my kid, not hers.
6-7 Month Chosen and Reason
Afternoon: In the case that my baby had no appetite, I would try giving her different types of baby foods before doing anything else. She may be getting sick of breast milk, or so may just not like the current type of food she is being fed.
Evening: If my baby kept spitting up carrots, I would consider the idea that she just doesn't like carrots, but also remember to try giving it to her later. Not everyone likes carrots.
-Uses index finger to poke
- Puts objects in containers
-Leans forward to pick up toys
-Notices small objects
-Points using index finger
-Imitates new word sounds more frequently
9-10 Month Characteristics
-Drinks from a cup
-Pulls up to standing position
Morning: If my baby became possibly constipated, I would look over what I have eaten if I was still breastfeeding, or I would see if it could be something I fed her. Something she eats is a good possiblity of causing her to become irritable.
9-10 Month Chosen and Reason
Afternoon: In the case that my baby keeps throwing toys into the toilet, I would put locks on the toilet. This stops her from being able to trhow stuff in there and reduces the risk of her accidently falling in.
Evening: If my child got bit by a dog, I would call the doctor first, or in my case, possibly my dad. He is educated in the field of animal health but is also educated in the health of humans, so he would be able to direct me in the right direction.
-Climbs out of the crib
-Stands from squatting position
-Stands and walk by herself
12-13 Month Characteristics
-Self-feeds using spoons
-Climbs up and down stairs
-Can identify animals in books
-Cares for dolls
Morning: I would review what I have been feeding my child if she went into the situation of alternating between diarrhea and constipation, making sure that a certain food is not causing it.
12-13 Month Chosen and Reason
Evening: If my child cried every time I left her with a babysitter, I would try to give her some more time with the babysitter before I left the house. This would allow them to hopefully form a bond and reduce both her and my anxiety about leaving them alone.
Afternoon: If I felt that my baby needed more playmates, I would call around town to see if there is any local group activites for toddlers. This would be a good way to get her involved with kids her age.