Getting to Know Your Baby

Babies cry, wake up in the middle of the night, and need to be fed frequently. These behaviors are normal but can be stressful for parents. Knowing what to expect and learning how babies use their bodies and noises to communicate will help you feel more relaxed and confident.

Getting To Know Your Baby

Ready for Solid Foods?

Here are helpful guides to feeding your baby from birth to six months old and beyond:

Feed me! Birth to six months

Feed me! Six-12 months

Drinking From a Cup

You can help your child learn to take sips of water, breastmilk, or formula from the cup. But remember: learning takes time! Try not to worry about spills.

Time For a Cup

Time for Finger Foods

When your baby is ready, at around nine or 10 months, she or he can start feeding her or himself. This is when babies are learning to use their thumb and fingers to pick up small things.

Finger Foods

Preparing for School: Little by Little

Babies are born ready to learn. They are curious, little scientists who learn from their environment. Parents may have questions. How do babies communicate? When should they take their first steps? Why do children have tantrums? When should I potty train? How can I help prepare my child for school? Your child’s brain is developing at an amazing rate from birth to age 5.

Learn More About Little by Little

Select your child’s age below to learn about how they should be developing:

Talking With Your Doctor

You may have many questions you’d like to ask your doctor about your child’s development, but you may not be sure when, how, or what exactly to ask. WIC staff and our education materials can help guide your questions based on your child’s age, so that you can get the most out of your doctor visit. Be prepared for your child’s next doctor appointment with this quick guide.

Talking With Your Doctor

Developmental Milestone Checklists

When will your baby take her or his first steps? Is your child saying enough words for his or her age? What’s the best way to potty train? Choose a milestone checklist with your child’s age from this list.

Welcome Baby Program

The Welcome Baby Program from First 5 LA provides LA County pregnant women and new moms with information, support, and a trusted partner to help you through the journey of pregnancy and early parenthood.

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