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NYS Parent Guide

0-6 Months: Growth and Development

Getting to Know Each Other

Parenting at This Stage

Parenting at This Stage

It may seem at first like all you do is change diapers, feed your baby, hold him, try to get him to sleep, and carry him around. But you are doing so much more. Everything you say and do is giving your baby his first messages about who he is, what the world is like, and what to expect from you and other people.

Slowly but surely, you’ll get the basics down: holding your baby, diapering, feeding, bathing and going on a walk. It won’t always be easy. While some days will be tougher and longer than others, his beautiful smile just for you will help make it all worth it.

How do you feel? Perhaps you feel great energy or absolute exhaustion, excitement or sadness, confidence or nervousness, or all these feelings jumbled together. All parents, especially first time parents, experience a wide range of feelings. This is normal. Never be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Over these same six months, you may see yourself be able to:

  • Sleep and eat on a more regular schedule
  • Feel more like your “normal” self
  • Take a shower/bath in less than three minutes
  • Recognize your baby’s changing patterns of sleeping, feeding, pooping, and being awake
  • Get a diaper off and on quickly
  • Hold your baby with one arm while getting things done with the other
  • Leave your baby with someone you trust to go to work or school, or just for a little “you” time
  • Find it easier to take your baby out for walks and outings
  • Tell your friends, family members, and your baby’s doctor about some of the new things your baby is doing
  • Feel a growing confidence in your role as a parent

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