Talk to Your Baby with Body Language
Talk to Your Baby with Body Language You and your baby are “talking” to each other even though he doesn’t say words yet. You are doing what comes naturally. You are using body language as well as words. Body language includes what you do with your face, the tone of the sounds and words you make, singing, eye contact and body movements. You can show love for your baby by hugging him and rocking him. You can show love by playing with him and smiling at him. He will “talk” back to you with coos, wiggles and smiles. Even at three months, your baby knows the sound of your voice from other people’s voices. He will make eye contact with you to “say” that he knows you are his mom or dad. He will turn toward you and brighten when he sees and hears you. You are learning to “speak” your baby’s language, too. You can tell the difference when he is crying because he is hungry or because he needs changing. You can tell when he’s crying because he wants you to hold him. You have learned when he is tired of playing or has had enough to eat because he turns away or stiffens his body. He will make sounds other than crying to let you know how he feels or what he wants. You can tell when he wants some quiet time to just look around or to take a nap. Talking with your baby lets him know he is loved and you care about him.
Prepare for Your Baby’s Four-Month Checkup
Call your doctor now to set up your baby’s four-month checkup for
next month. This visit is very important for your child’s health.
During the four-month visit, your baby will have another complete
checkup. This includes his weight, length and head size. His heart and
lungs will also be checked. The doctor will check on how your baby
holds his head up and uses his hands. Your baby’s hearing and vision
will also be checked. Make sure your doctor undresses your baby for a
complete physical exam.
Your baby will get his second set of shots. These may include three
shots: one for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; one for polio; and one
for hemophilus influenzae B (flu).
You can ask questions about the baby’s growth, health and
development. Write questions down when you think of them. Then you
can bring a list with you to the checkup. The list will help you
remember what you want to ask. Your baby needs checkups again at
six months, nine months and one year of age.
If your baby is eligible for Medicaid, he can get free checkups. You can
call your local social welfare, health or family services office to see if
you qualify for Medicaid services.
If you don’t have health insurance for your baby, you can learn about
resources in your state by contacting the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services Insure Kids Now Program at
1-877-KIDSNOW. You can also visit their Web site at
www.insurekidsnow.gov for more information about free or low-cost
health insurance for children. Many public libraries offer free access to
the Internet and provide help for first-time users.