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Growth & Development

WEEK 1 - What's Going On This Week?

Your Baby

Take your baby to his doctor or nurse for his first well-baby checkup. Don’t let anyone smoke around your baby. Smoke could harm your baby’s lungs. Babies who are around smoke tend to have more breathing problems.

Keeping Your Baby Safe

Keep your baby’s head supported when holding or moving him/her.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about the best sleeping position for your baby. Put your baby to sleep on his back unless your doctor or nurse says another position is safer. Sleeping on the back is the best way to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Growth and Development Activities

Talk to your baby often.

Carry your baby around the house with you.

Smile at your baby and make happy sounds.

Sing softly to your baby at bedtime.

Let your baby move his arms and legs freely.

What to Feed Your Baby

Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. It will build a special closeness between you and your baby. It also will help protect your baby from some infections.

Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a baby and is usually easy, but if you have questions, ask your doctor or nurse.

If you bottle feed, be sure to keep bottles and nipples very clean. Follow the directions on the container for the formula.

Hold your baby whenever you are giving the bottle. Enjoy the warmth and closeness between you.

Be sure any formula you give your baby is iron fortified.

Newborn babies need to breastfeed every one to two hours; bottle fed babies may feed every two to three hours. Your baby will need breast milk or formula until he is 1 year old. For the first 4 to 6 months, you should feed him only breast milk or formula.


Information adapted from the following Resources:

  • Iowa Early ACCESS Developmental Wheel- Developed with IDEA
  • Ohio Department of Health website (www.ohiohelpmegrow.org)
  • Normal Development articles written by Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D.,M.P.H. and Robert Brayden, M.D. Published by McKesson Health Solutions LLC
  • Extension website – Family/Parenting resources (www.extension.org/parenting)