with your 1 -3 month old           ISSUE TWO
What is more special for new parents than their baby’s first smile? A smile is your baby’s way of communicating with you. She smiles at your actions, tone of voice, and facial expressions. She copies the smiles of people around her.

Your baby also communicates her need to be fed, held, and changed by crying. Smiling and crying are the first steps your baby will take in developing her own personality.

Most parents enjoy talking to their baby. This is also very important to your baby’s development. Even before babies understand language, they respond to their parent’s voice. Babies also react to their parent’s feelings. Try to show your baby feelings of happiness and love. It may not always be easy!
The way you talk to your baby and the way you respond to her
needs will influence how she grows.

Your baby is learning about the world around her. Show her love and
security during this new adventure.

Let’s Grow ... Together!
What to feed baby
What to feed baby
Breastmilk gives your baby all of the nutrients and water that she needs to grow and stay hydrated for the first six months of life.

Breastmilk provides your baby with antibodies that protect your child from illness. Breastfeeding also benefits mothers by decreasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby increase the longer that you breastfeed. All babies who are breastfed or receiving breast milk need a daily vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms (400IU)

There may be times in the first 6 months when it seems like your baby is hungrier than usual. That’s usually when she is going through a growth spurt, which typically occur around 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. Offer feedings more often.

Starting solids will not help your baby sleep through the night, and your
baby is not physically ready to eat solid foods safely.

At six months, your baby will be physically ready for new foods and
textures; she is also in need of extra iron.
Be ready with iron-rich foods when your baby reaches this milestone.
Health & Safety
Health & Safety
Your baby is not able to do very much by herself yet but is learning quickly.

At her age, she needs extra protection from choking, falling and being burned.

• Don’t leave her alone with family pets or small children.
• Before you answer the phone or door, put her in a crib or playpen or take her with you.
• Hold or cuddle her while you feed her. She likes to look at your face. Propping a bottle is dangerous and babies have choked.

Babies love songs and rhymes, but don’t bounce her hard or toss her in the air. Until your baby is 2 years of age, her neck isn’t strong enough for rougher games and her brain can still be damaged.

Be wise- Immunize!
Immunization gives him protection. It’s easy and it’s free.

Your baby needs his first immunization when he is 2 months old.
On his immunization card you will see the vaccines that are included in
this needle. Keep this immunization record in a safe place where it will
not get lost. Your baby may have mild side effects like a fever or a sore

If you have any concerns or questions, contact your doctor or
local health unit.
Talk, Grow, Play
Talk, Grow, Play
Talk: Songs and rhymes
Your voice is familiar to me. I love when you laugh and talk to me. I may not understand the words but I recognize the tunes you sing. It helps me trust my new world.
Pizza, Pickle, Pumpernickel
Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel, My little guy shall have a tickle. One for his nose (tickle baby’s nose) and one for his toes. (tickle baby’s toes) And one for his tummy, where the food goes. (tickle baby’s tummy) ~By Dennis Lee

Grow: Show me interesting things to look at
Place large black and white patterns or coloured pictures near my change area
or on the floor near me. It doesn’t matter what the pictures are. Open a child’s book
and place it near me. I also enjoy looking around both in the house and outside.
(Screens are not recommended prior to 2 years of age).

Play: Follow me
Show me something like a rattle or a squeaky toy and move it up and
down from side to side. Keep it about 30 cm (12 inches) from my face
and move it slowly. It’s not too early to start reading to me. Even though
I don’t understand much yet, I love the sound of your voice and
the natural highs and lows that come with storytelling.
Look what I can do
Look what I can do
From Newborn to 3 Months, these are some of the things I can do:

• I can see, taste, smell and hear.
• I can turn to your nipple when it touches my cheek.
• I am still uncoordinated when I move my arms and legs.
• I cry when I am in need of something.
• I calm when I am held and comforted.
• I enjoy being stroked and gently touched.
• I enjoy being held and spoken to.
• I see things 20cm to 30cm (8” to 12”) away.
• I begin to turn my head to sound.
• My hands are usually closed.
• I will start to make eye contact with you.
• I look at objects.
• I lift my head while on my tummy and look from side to side.
• I will start to follow an object from side to side.
• I turn my head towards sound.
• I watch your face while being fed.
• As I get stronger, I will hold my head up at your shoulder.
• I like to hold your fingers, even while I’m being fed or when you talk to me.
• I am beginning to recognize my caregivers.

Cuddle me as much as you want. You can't spoil me with love.
A baby brings many changes to a family. New parents often feel exhaused, irritable and overwhelmed after the birth or adoption of a baby. These feelings are common. It is very important to discuss these feelings with someone you trust - your partner, a friend, your family doctor or Public Health Nurse. Keep talking with someone until you get the help and support you need. If you experience some of these feelings on a regular basis, or for longer than 2 weeks, you may have a postpartum mood disorder, previously known as postpartum depression.

Don't forget to take care of yourself. It is important for each parent and caregiver to find some time to relax. Try to take a nap, read a book, or take a long bath when your baby is napping. You need it! When you take care of yourself you are better able to take care of your baby. Make time for family and friends- they are there to help and support you. Remember that babies are portable and will fit well into most of your regular activities; they love to be with you!

Big brother and big sister. To help your older child adjust to this new baby:
- Try to spend 10-15 minutes alone each day with your older child to help her feel special
- Put your child’s hand in your hand to show her how to gently touch baby.
- Read to your child while you are feeding your baby.
- Encourage your child to talk about her feelings and tell her it’s OK to feel mad or sad.
-Tell your child “I love you”, give hugs and kisses.
- It takes at least three weeks for your older child to “settle in”. Try to ignore any poor behaviour unless it is dangerous to the new baby and reward all attempts at good behaviour.

Call your doctor, Public Health Nurse, or local Health Unit for advice. Help is there for you.

Local Mood Disorders Support Group