With these steps, your new baby will get a head-start on a healthy, happy, exciting first year.
Make sure your immunizations are up to date. Immunizations for Pertussis (Tdap) and flu are very important.
Your partner, the baby’s grandparents and anyone else who will be around the baby need to be immunized to reduce the chances for infection. Your baby’s body won’t be ready to fight off these infections just yet, so do what you can to make sure he or she doesn’t have to.
Plan for a medical home for your child so you can get all the needed immunizations to keep your child healthy.
Schedule well-child check-ups
Your baby will need regular well child check-ups. Those visits to the health care provider are great opportunities to ask questions about your child’s development, eating habits, and what to expect next as well as get needed immunizations.
Babies love breastmilk
While breastmilk is natural and the best nutrition for your baby, it is not always simple for mother or baby.
Many hospitals have lactation consultants on staff to help mothers learn good breastfeeding skills. Be sure to ask for help if breastfeeding is uncomfortable, if you feel frustrated or if you’re unsure about anything.
Many hospitals also offer breastfeeding support after you leave the hospital. Your health care provider or your baby’s pediatrician can be an excellent source of assistance as well. The benefits of breastfeeding are many for mom and baby.
If you choose to formula feed your baby, the hospital and your health care provider will help you decide which infant formula is best for your baby.
Remember that infants only need breastmilk or infant formula for the first 6 months. Then they are developmentally ready to start solids on a spoon. Talk with your health care provider or your WIC nutritionist for suggestions on beginning solids.
As your baby gets older, healthy finger foods like cereals and fruits will help develop eye hand coordination as well as provide nutrients.
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