when will my baby look at me, recognize and smile?
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Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 54 years experience
At about 2 months: A baby should recognize parents and smile usually between 1 month and 2 months old. Baby will turn toward a sound or mother's voice before then. If a baby does not do that, even after 2 months, he or she should be checked particularly for vision and hearing.
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Birth: Babies can see clearly about a foot at birth and can look directly at you and will learn to recognize your face. The are often overwhelmed by direct gaze and will look away for a while before looking back.They can also smile in response to your smile, but it may be brief.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Till age 2, subtract: 4.5 weeks from her chronological age to assess development at your baby's "corrected age". A newborn has good hearing & sense of smell. She discerns Mom's face at 12", just right for the " en face" breastfeeding position , can track your face when you move silently 180 degrees at 2 mos. & turn bilaterally to your voice at 2 mos. She knows strangers vs. non-strangers at 5 mos. See firststeps. org.
How quickly can I wean my baby?
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Pediatrics 22 years experience
Over weeks is best: Weaning over weeks will best allow your body to adjust with minimal discomfort and enable your baby to make the transition easier.
How do I wean my baby?
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Pediatrics 48 years experience
Gradually ;): You will notice that between 6 and 12 months, as your baby eats more solid food per meal, s/he will probably spend less time sucking (presuming that you feed solids first then offer milk after the meal) and s/he will wean her/himself. You can introduce a cup between 6-9 months and quit breast/bottle sometime between 9-12 months.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Can my baby wean himself naturally?
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Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: Not necessarily. While your milk will naturally decrease, and your baby will find nutrition in other places, he/she may continue to suckle because of the comfort and closeness to you during the nursing process. By offering an alternative to your baby, and minimizing access to your breast will help the weaning process more so.
Is it ok to wean my baby quickly?
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Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Yes but it will likely make you uncomfortable as your breasts will be more engorged than if you wean slowly.
A 29-year-old member asked:
How would I know to wean my baby?
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Pediatrics 56 years experience
Weaning: Breastfeed your baby as long as you can until age 1 year. Wean to regular cow's milk (whole milk). If not possible due to work, illness, etc, wean at 6 months. Use a cow's milk formula, not soy, until age 1. Switch to a sippy cup as much as possible.
Last updated Oct 17, 2017
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