Hopefully, you've been getting enough rest so you can enjoy your baby's smiling and laughing as he or she gets better at communicating with you. Keep playing with and talking to him or her; your baby is catching on. Your baby can also distinguish you from all of those other big people he or she sees. You should still be feeding your baby breast milk or formula about every three to four hours during the day, but nighttime feedings might be getting farther apart.

  • Car safety seats remain necessary. Never set the car seat in the driveway. If you carry the baby and safety seat inside your home, place the seat only on the floor.
  • Passenger-side airbags can be hazardous to infants, especially with rear-facing safety seats. Place your baby in a child safety seat in the back seat of the car. Carefully read safety seat instructions to ensure that the seat has been properly installed.
  • Don't hold the baby while smoking cigarettes or drinking hot liquids. (Now might be a good time to quit smoking).
  • The playpen will become a useful island of safety for your baby over the next month, but walkers should never be used.
  • Be sure that toys are unbreakable, do not come apart, are not sharp, and are larger than your baby's mouth.
  • Keep tap water less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never leave your baby alone with siblings or pets.
  • Never leave your baby alone in a place where he or she can roll off of something.
  • Do not use strings or cords around your baby's neck or near his or her crib.
  • Never leave your baby alone in bath water. It only takes a few seconds for a baby to drown.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/17/2012.


  • March of Dimes: Well Baby Care (http://www.marchofdimes.com/baby/wellbabycare.html)
  • Safekids.org: Safety Resources by Risk Area (http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/)

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