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Baby Milestones: Sleeping Longer At Night
Baby will grow fast and by 4 to 5th months, she will be too big for a bassinet or cradle. She will move to a crib if she used a bassinet or cradle for sleeping. Around 4 months is also when baby is able to roll over and she is less in risk with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – 90% of SIDS happen in babies under 6 month old, especially when they can’t roll over for breathing.
In addition, baby will have developed a sleeping pattern and start sleeping longer stretches of hours at night by 4 to 6 months. Around this time, you can start sleep training your baby. Most experts recommend to start sleep training between 4 to 6 months. The goal of sleep training is to have your baby fall asleep on her own, soothe herself when gets awaken during night time, and sleep through the night. You can also try night time weaning between 4 to 6 months if you want to wean night time feedings. However, of course if your family are fine with your baby’s sleeping pattern and night time feedings, you don’t need to train your baby at all. The purpose of the training is for family to get a good night sleep.
For a good sleeping habit, have your baby nap well during the day and don’t wait till your baby is overtired when you put baby to sleep. You will know when your baby is tired because she will rub her eyes, be fussy or yawn. In order to teach your baby night is sleeping time, minimize interaction and entertainment at night time, deem the lights, make the room quiet so it is ideal for sleeping. Having a night time routine is also good way to teach your baby it is time for sleeping. Night time routine can include bathing, reading a book, singing lullaby or kissing & saying good night.
Things That Can help
- Sleep training books
- Crib mattresses
- Wearable blankets
Baby Milestones: Teething
Starting Baby gets her first tooth between 4 to 7 months. (usually around 6 months) Your baby will have 20 baby teeth by the age of 3. Teething symptoms can start about 2-3 months prior to her first tooth. During this time, baby may feel discomfort or pain due to teething. When the new teeth show up, there would be no better time that that to pay a Portland Orthodontist a visit, so you do not risk misalignment of the baby’s teeth. You will see her drool or bite/ suck on something. You may also see her be irritated, have trouble sleeping or have no appetite.
You can help your baby sooth her teething pain by offering her teething toy. You can put a teething toy in the fridge to make it cooler. It will soothe teething pain better. Make sure as a new parent you visit sites like NicerSmile.com and get the best toothpaste for your newborn, so that they feel no pain due to the strong chemicals in regular toothpaste. You may also massage baby’s gums. Baby will drool a lot so it is important to keep her mouth and chin dry. When the first tooth comes, start brushing baby’s teeth and start healthy oral care. You should also visit children’s dentist when a child turns 1 year for the first check-up. Children are often afraid of doctors, so you can bring your child with you during your dental appointment.
Things That Can Help
- Teething toys
- Teething Bibs
- Pacifier & Pacifier holders
- Toothbrushes & toothpastes
Baby Milestones: Reaching And Grabbing Objects
Starting 3 to 4 months, baby will hold things for a few seconds. Around this time, baby mobile is good for her to trying to reach and grab toys. Play gym also offers baby a great fun at this time. She will look and attempt to touch toys hanging above her. At 4 to 5 months, she will be able to hold an object and will get a firmer grasp. At around 6 months, she will be able to move a toy from one hand to the other.
Engage your baby with interesting toys and encourage her efforts to reach and grab them. Try different size and shapes of objects as well such as a fabric baby book, a stuff animal or a ball.
Things That Can Help
- Organic/ Non-toxic toys
- Soft baby books
- Baby mobiles
- Loveys-Security blankets
- Baby mirrors
- Play gyms
- Rattle toys
- Musical toys
- High chair toys
- Car seat & stroller toys
- Sit-down toys
Baby Milestones: Rolling Over
At around 4 months, baby will roll over. By 7 months, baby will be able to roll over from tummy to back and then back to tummy. You have to be careful around this time, baby doesn’t roll over and fall from bed or changing table. Tummy time can help with rolling over since it builds upper body strength. Encourage your baby to practice tummy time by tummy time more enjoyable. Also, have your baby practice roll over on the play mat rather than on the bed since she can fall easily.
Things That Can Help
- Play gym
- Non-toxic play mats
Baby Milestones: Sitting Up
Between 4 to 7 months, baby will be able to sit up. In the beginning, she won’t be sitting well with a balance and she may fall. Therefore, when she is learning to sit, be sure to stay close in case she falls. When she is not able to sit yet (but holds her head steady), you can have her practice sitting with support and sit in baby chairs. Baby chairs will support the baby for safety and have baby get used to sitting up position. By 7 months, she will be able to sit up well without any support and play with toys sitting up.
Also around 4 to 7 months, she will be able to try exersaucers, jumpers or a facing out position with baby carriers. Although baby may not be ready for standing with support, she will be able to sit in the exersaucer or jumper and play with toys around her. This is also a period when you can place your baby facing out in the baby carrier. A baby younger than 6 months may not want to be stimulated by outside world too much,
Things That Can Help
- Baby chairs
- Boppy pillows
- Sit up toys
You can also try these gears around this time.
- Baby carriers (facing out position)
Baby Milestones: Starting Solids
At around 6 months, baby will start solid food. Some babies will start little earlier at 4 months but many health organization including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommends to start feeding solids at baby’s 6 months. Baby will show signs that she is ready for solids. She will show interest in grabbing or putting food in her mouth. She can sit up well without support and is willing to chew rather than pushing food out of her mouth. Try eating food in front of the baby if she shows interest in your food.
Solid food can be given in 3 stages. Stage 1 is pureed food and as you move onto Stage 2 and 3, the food will be more chunkier. You can also try feeding your baby with baby-led weaning method which skips the pureed food and start with minced finger food right from the beginning.
Things You Need For Feeding Solids
- High chairs or Booster chairs
- Baby food makers
- Baby spoons
- Baby food bowls & feeders
- Baby food storage containers
- Feeding bibs
- Sippy cups
- Organic baby food -food pouches & jars
- Organic baby food -baby snacks
- Organic baby food – cereals & dried meals