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Your Baby: Week 8

Congrats! You've made it to the two-month mark. If you haven't ventured out alone yet, it's probably time to give it a shot. It's healthy for you to take a break, and it's also good for baby to meet new people. Entrusting baby to someone else for the first time can be scary, so make sure you already know the caregiver. Ask them to stick as close to baby's usual routine as possible so that there's some sense of normalcy while you're away.

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Baby is a brain
Baby's motor skills and senses are developing like crazy. Her hand-eye coordination is improving, she's starting to recognize specific sounds and sights, and is getting pretty darned good at holding up her head. Also this week: It's time for baby's two-month checkup! Your doc will check her overall growth and development and give a round of immunizations. (While some parents fear baby will get sick from vaccinations, most doctors believe the benefits outweigh the risk.)

To-do:
> Take baby for checkup
> Invite guests over
> Complete emergency info sheet

[ tip ] Write down any questions you have for your doctor as they come up, and bring the list along to your appointment. This will help you make the most of baby's two-month checkup.

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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City

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