Archive for April, 2017

7:00 Feed and play
8:00 Nap
9:45 Awake and play
10:00 Feed
10:15 Nap
12:15 Awake and play
1:00 Feed
2:00 Nap
4:00 Awake, feed and play‎
5:00  Bath and bedtime routine
6:15 Feed and bed
9:30 Dreamfeed


Typical Feeding
Typically, a baby needs to be fed eight to 12 times in a 24-hour period during her first month of life. As she ages, she’ll gradually need to eat less often. She should eat seven or eight times a day during her second and third months. By the time she’s 6 months old, she should need to eat five to six times a day. If you feed her formula, multiply her weight times 2.5 to determine how many ounces of formula she should drink over 24 hours. When your baby is 6 months to 1 year old, she should have four to five feedings of milk or formula daily along with two to three feedings of solid food.

“Breast milk still is the most important part of your baby’s diet at this age, so breastfeed right before you offer cereal or other foods,” says Debi Page Ferrarello, R.N., M.S., I.B.C.L.C., director of family education and lactation at Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. When you do offer solids, start with rice cereal and gradually add a cooked or mashed fruit or vegetable. (Many pediatricians believe it’s fine to start with a finely puréed fruit or vegetable, or even meat; check with your doc to see what she recommends.) 

Be sure to wait three to five days before introducing a different food so you can trace the cause of any allergic reaction.


The AAP recommends burping your baby during feeding breaks and when he’s done eating. For breastfeeding moms, try burping before switching breasts. For bottle-feeding moms, the AAP recommends burping between every 2 to 3 ounces for newborns up to about 6 months old.

Baby Milestones

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Baby Stuff

Baby Milestones

Baby one to six months
What to expect from your baby at this stage.

| Achieved skills (most babies can do)Emerging skills (half of babies can do)Advanced skills (a few babies can do)
| Baby’s age: | “one month”


“Lifts head”

* Responds”to sound”

“Stares at faces”

* Can”see black-and-white patterns”

* Follows objects
* Oohs and ahs

* Smiles
* Laughs
* Holds head at 45-degree angle
| Baby’s age: | “two months”


* Vocalises sounds – gurgling and cooing
* Follows objects
“Holds head up”
for short periods

“Smiles responsively, laughs”

* Holds head at 45-degree angle
* Movements become smoother

* Holds head steady
* Bears weight on legs
* May”lift head and shoulder (mini push-up)”

| Baby’s age: | “three months”


* Laughs and smiles
* Holds head steady
“Recognises your face”
and scent

* Squeals,”gurgles, coos”

* Recognises your voice
* Does mini push-ups

* Turns towards loud sounds
* Can bring hands together and may bat at toys
* Can”roll over”

| Baby’s age: | “four months”


* Holds”head up steadily”

* Can bear weight on legs
* Coos when you talk to him
* Does mini push-ups

* Can”grasp a toy”

* Reaches out for objects
* Can roll over

* Imitates speech sounds – baba, dada
* May”cut first tooth”

| Baby’s age: | “five months”


* Can”distinguish between bold colours”

* Can roll over
* Amuses himself by playing with hands and feet

* Turns towards”new sounds”

* Recognises own name

* May sit momentarily without support
* Mouths objects
“Stranger anxiety”
may begin
| Baby’s age: | “six months”


* Turns towards sounds and voices
“Imitates sounds”
, blows bubbles
* Rolls in both directions

* Reaches for objects and mouths them
* Sits without support

* May lunge forward or”start crawling”

* May jabber or combine syllables
* May drag object towards himself

“seven to 12 months”

| Achieved skills (most babies can do)Emerging skills (Half of babies can do)Advanced skills (A few babies can do)
Baby’s age :”seven months”


without support
* Reaches for things with a sweeping motion
* Imitates”speech sounds”

* Combines syllables into word-like sounds
* Begins to”crawl”
or lunges forward
* Picks up objects with one hand and passes to the other hand
* Bangs objects together

while holding on to something
* Waves goodbye
Baby’s age :”eight months”


* Says “dada” and “mama” to both parents (isn’t specific)
* Begins to crawl
* Passes object from”hand to hand”

* Stands while holding on to something
* Points at objects

* Pulls self to standing position, cruises around furniture while holding on
* Picks things up with thumb-and-finger”pincer grasp”

* Indicates wants with gestures
Baby’s age :”nine months”


“Combines syllables”
into word-like sounds
* Stands while holding on to something
* Bangs, drops, and throws objects

* Uses”pincer grasp”
to pick up objects
while holding on to furniture

* Plays pat-a-cake
“Says “dada” and “mama””
to the right parent (is specific)
Baby’s age :”10 months”


* Waves goodbye
* Picks things up with pincer grasp
* Cruises

* Says “dada” and “mama” to the right parent (is specific)
to name and understands “no”
* Indicates wants with gestures

* Drinks from a cup
alone for a couple of seconds
* Puts objects into a container
Baby’s age :”11 months”


“Says “dada” and “mama””
to the right parent (is specific)
* Plays pat-a-cake
* Stands alone for a couple of seconds

* Imitates others’ activities
* Puts objects into a container
simple instructions

from a cup
* Says one word besides “mama” and “dada”
* Stoops from standing position
Baby’s age :”12 months”


others’ activities
* Jabbers word-like sounds
* Indicates wants with gestures

* Says one word besides “mama” and “dada”
* Takes a few steps
and responds to simple instructions

with crayon
* Says two words besides “mama” and “dada”



Newborn-4 months

Total Sleep: 16-18 hours

Nighttime Sleep: 8-9 hours

Naps: 7-9 hours (3-5 naps)
4-12 months

Total Sleep: 12-16 hours

Nighttime Sleep: 9-10 hours

Naps: 4-5 hours (2-3 naps)
1-2 years

Total Sleep: 11-14 hours

Nighttime Sleep: 11 hours

Naps: 2-3 hours (2 naps)
3-5 years

Total Sleep: 10-13 hours

Nighttime Sleep: [10-11] 10-13 hours

Naps: 0-1 hours (naps usually stop by age 5)

Night Time

Newborn-2 Month Sleep Tips
Newborns sleep in 2- to 4-hour intervals, waking up to eat.

Babies this age tend to stir and look restless during sleep. Because of reflexes they can’t control, it’s common to see them twitch their arms and legs, smile and make sucking noises.

Newborns aren’t born knowing how to soothe themselves to sleep, so you may need to help, with tricks like using a pacifier, swaddling, rocking and breastfeeding. Remember, there’s no such thing as spoiling a newborn, so it’s OK to cuddle baby to help her doze off.

2-4 Month Sleep Tips
Babies this age may sleep for six-hour stretches at night, and settle into more of a set nap schedule now.

To get baby on a good sleep routine, make sure to play and expose her to lots of sunlight during the day and avoid over-stimulating her when it’s dark out.

Starting a pre-bedtime sleep routine — like bath, feeding, story time — can help ready baby to sleep through the night for longer stretches.

4-6 Month Sleep Tips
Babies this age will start to quit nighttime feedings, and are usually ready to sleep through the night now, anywhere from six- to 12-hour stretches.

Research shows about 60 percent of babies sleep through by 6 months, up to 80 percent do so by 9 months.

Remember, all babies wake up sometimes during the night, but those who “sleep through” have learned how to nod off on their own.

For more on sleep-training your baby, read this

6-12 Month Sleep Tips
Some babies stop sleeping through the night now because of separation anxiety. Your baby knows you’re around even when she can’t see you, and may get upset when she wakes up.

It’s OK to go in and check on your crying baby, but keep visits short and try (as hard as it is) not to pick her up or feed her. Try rubbing her back, singing a soothing lullaby and ducking out after a few minutes.

1-2 Year Sleep Tips
Active toddlers can have trouble relaxing and winding down at night — causing bedtime battles. Try to keep things as calm as possible in the evenings, sticking to soothing activities like bath and story time.

Once baby learns to climb out of the crib, she may attempt to snuggle in bed with you. This is a hard-to-break habit, so if you don’t want to start a co-sleeping situation, bring her back to her own room.

2-5 Year Sleep Tips
Toddler and preschooler sleep problems include procrastinating and resisting bedtime, getting out of their big-kid beds when they wake at night, and developing night fears.

Stick to a bedtime routine and sleep schedule, make sure your kids understand the rules and be consistent about enforcing them.
note: By age 9 months, most babies naturally move to napping at around 9 a.m. and 2 p.m

Using a nightlight or lovey can comfort kids who tend to get scared of the dark or have nightmares.

If you’re a mom in today’s day and age, you’ve no doubt heard about The Wonder Weeks, written by a husband-and-wife team, outlining the 10 “wonder weeks” (which often cause sleep regressions), that all babies go through in the first 20 months of life. The book outlines when and why each “wonder week” happens; it also offers parents insights into how to help their babies navigate each wonder week, and turn it into a leap forward for baby.

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