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Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC): When I am 3-5 Months Old

MN WIC Program

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I should go to my healthcare provider for a Child and Teen Checkup when I am 4 months old to see if I am growing and healthy.


  • I CAN...
  • Suck and swallow liquids - babies were born to breastfeed - breastmilk is best for me
  • Cry when I'm hungry or uncomfortable
  • Coo or gurgle and smile a lot
  • Raise my head when lying on my tummy
  • Move my arms and legs easily

  • YOU CAN...

  • Take time to eat nutritious foods, drink water during the day, rest and relax
  • Always support my head
  • Hold my head higher than my body when feeding
  • Feed me when I'm hungry (when I lick my lips, root or suck my fist)
  • Always hold me if you bottle feed; never prop the bottle or put me to bed with a bottle. Cuddle with me
  • If breastmilk or formula is left in the cup or bottle after a feeding, throw it away
  • Even before I have teeth, wipe my gums with a clean wet cloth daily
  • Supply breastmilk for me even if you go to work
  • If you will be away from me, learn how to pump your milk and store it in the refrigerator or freezer

  • TO KEEP ME SAFE & HEALTHY...
  • Breastfeed me
  • Use an approved car seat in the back seat
  • Start to baby proof my home: use outlet covers, stair guards, cupboard locks. Try crawling around as if you were a baby - remove small, sharp objects to prevent choking
  • Ask others to help take care of me if you are run down; if you have strong feelings of sadness or depression, tell your doctor
  • Keep my shots up-to-date
  • Keep me far away from cigarette smoke, hot liquids and the hot stove
  • Keep a hand on me at all times when I am in water
  • Talk to me, read to me, and play with me
  • Put me to sleep on my back in a safe sleeping area
  • Give me safe baby toys such as a soft plastic or rubber ring

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