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Kathryn king answered to:
Baby Checklist. Month 3 Week 1
1. Is the 4-month growth spurt starting already? Suddenly baby wants to breastfeed all the time. I’m continuing to feed on demand — I know it won’t last forever.
2. Baby is starting to like colors! I’ve started offering more brightly colored toys instead of the high-contrast ones Jasmine used to enjoy.
3. Singing, whistling, clapping, and even blowing raspberries — baby loves sounds! I have lots of fun making sound effects for baby throughout the day. This helps Jasmine’s language development, too, so I’m okay with sounding silly.
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4. Baby is finally getting the hang of using Jasmine’s hands! Jasmine is grabbing everything in sight — especially my dangling necklace or hair. Time to take off my nice jewelry for a while.
5. If baby gives me a minute to myself this week, I’ll go online and find some healthy recipes. Soon I’ll be cooking for baby, too! — but in the meantime, I want to make sure my partner and I are eating healthy, especially if I’m breastfeeding.
6. My breast milk is changing as baby grows. I’m making sure to eat healthy fats like nuts and avocados to get all the nutrition I need.
7. I’m enjoying the fact that baby’s schedule is getting more predictable! It’s tempting to use every extra minute to catch up on chores, but I’m making time to rest and unwind, too.
Kathryn king answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #5
1. My baby is starting to pay more attention to the world. Jasmine notices sounds and looks around to try to figure out where the sound came from.
2. My baby tries to reach for things! When I put Jasmine in the play gym, Jasmine looks at the different colors and bats at the hanging toys. Baby doesn't really have control of Jasmine’s arms yet, but Jasmine seems to enjoy trying.
3. If I’m breastfeeding, I’ve talked with my lactation consultant about how my food affects baby. We’ve discussed whether I should make any changes to my diet.
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4. My doctor said I can start regular exercise, so I joined the gym! I plan to work out in the evenings while my partner spends some quality time with baby.
5. My partner and I aren’t ready to leave baby with an evening sitter yet, so we’re planning some “date nights in.” We’re taking some time to focus on each other and stay connected.
6. I got my hair done! I told my stylist I need something that’s quick and easy for me to style at home.
7. Before I start pumping to save breastmilk, I’ve learned about how to store breast milk so I can reuse it later.
Kathryn king answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #4
1. My baby has had Jasmine’s two-month checkup, which included a lot more vaccinations! The two-month vaccination series includes the first dose of rotavirus, the first dose of DTaP, the first dose of Hib, the first dose of PCV13, and the first dose of IPV.
2. I’m giving baby a chance to experience different textures and colors. I put different fabrics on the floor for Jasmine to touch during tummy time so Jasmine can explore the sense of touch.
3. My baby is starting to get better head control. I still support Jasmine’s head when I lift Jasmine, but it doesn’t feel like lifting a bobble head toy anymore.
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4. I’m getting plenty of opportunity to use those cute bibs I got at my baby shower! Baby drools a lot, so I keep a bib on Jasmine all the time.
5. Is it really time for me to go back to work already? I decided to start back on a Wednesday to give myself a short first week back. This will help me ease back into work.
6. I’m going to spend some quality time with baby! — I signed up for a Mommy and Me class like a yoga class or a postpartum exercise class.
7. I had my 6-week postpartum doctor visit. I talked with my doctor about my birth control options and about whether I’m ready to start exercising.
Kathryn king answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #3
1. My baby had another checkup. Jasmine may also get a second dose of the Hep B vaccination.
2. My baby likes to look at things. If I move an object across Jasmine’s vision, Jasmine follows it with Jasmine’s eyes.
3. Baby and I are getting fresh air together. When I feel up to it and the weather is nice, I take baby to sit outside or for a short walk.
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4. Breastfeeding should be pretty established at this point. If I have any pain when baby latches, I’ll schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant.
5. I still sleep when baby sleeps, but if I have the energy, I try to spend some one-on-one time with older kids during one of baby’s naps.
6. Breastfeeding is not birth control! My partner and I have talked about our plans for birth control after I’m ready to resume intimacy.
7. I scheduled my 6 week postpartum appointment with my doctor. I also scheduled my baby’s two-month checkup with our pediatrician.
Kathryn king answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #2
1. It’s never too early for tummy time! I’ve started laying my baby on Jasmine’s belly for a few minutes every day to help baby build Jasmine’s neck and back muscles.
2. I’ve been feeling a little down and stressed. It may just be the “baby blues,” but I’ve scheduled an appointment to talk with my doctor about my risk for postpartum depression.
3. How do I feel about pacifiers? My partner and I have talked with our lactation consultant and decided whether we want to introduce a pacifier.
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4. My baby knows me! Jasmine turns Jasmine’s head toward my voice and studies my face while I’m talking.
5. Ouch. If I had an episiotomy or tear, I’m adding a few drops of tea tree oil in my bath to help me heal faster.
6. I’m getting my energy back! If I had an uncomplicated vaginal birth, I might be ready to start light exercise with a short walk around the block.
7. Baby is sleeping most of the day, but only for a few hours at a time. I’m doing my best to sleep whenever baby does so I can get some rest during the day. We probably won’t be sleeping through the night for a while!
Kathryn king answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #1
1. My baby’s crib might look sparse right now — no blankets or pillows! I use a sleep sack to keep Jasmine warm at night.
2. It may just be a reflex, but it’s still the sweetest thing when my baby grabs my finger if I touch Jasmine’s palm. Jasmine also has strong opinions — Jasmine cries to tell me how Jasmine feels! Right now Jasmine can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Jasmine likes to look at patterns with strong contrast.
3. I’m in the “fourth trimester,” and I still look pretty pregnant! I’m wearing comfortable clothes, like the maternity pants I wore in the first trimester.
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4. I’ve got my baby’s safety kit ready with a digital thermometer, a night light and a nasal aspirator.
5. If I plan to pump, I’ve got a good electric or manual pump. An electric pump is essential if I need to pump full-time; a manual is fine if I’ll only need to pump occasionally.
6. Is my baby getting enough to eat? Sometimes it’s hard to tell! If I’m concerned, I won’t hesitate to ask my pediatrician or lactation consultant.
7. Baby doesn’t get very dirty right now, but I’ve learned how to give Jasmine a sponge bath. I won’t be using the baby bath or putting Jasmine all the way in the water till after his cord falls off.
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