Infant Care

Feeding

We encourage moms to breast feed for as long as they wish. Formula fed babies should take formula until 1 year. At 1 year you may transition to whole milk. Whole milk is necessary for brain development. You should not give your child skim or reduced fat milk until 2 years of age.

We recommend holding off on introducing rice cereal until 4 – 6 months of age. Start with one tablespoon of rice cereal mixed with formula or breast milk, and offer it to your baby on a spoon. Increase to 1-2 tablespoons 1-2 times per day. We suggest holding off on starting other solids until 6 months of age to minimize chance of allergic reaction.

You may start finger foods when your child is crawling well.

Fever Medication

No ibuprofen/ Motrin until your child is 6 months of age.

Fever is not an emergency after 3 months of age if your child is acting normal, not having difficulty breathing, and is tolerating fluids.