Formerly the Welcome Baby Newsletter


Month 4: Newsletters for Weeks 13, 14, 15, 16

Week 13

Your baby has undoubtedly made enormous strides in growth, activity, and skills over the last three months - and hopefully longer periods of sleeping is one of them! This week we're looking at some of the major developmental milestones to look for in your baby at this age.


Month 3 Milestones

By 3 months old, your baby:

  • Will recognize caregivers, respond to them with pleasure and may begin reaching out for them

  • Will begin to have “conversations” with you where you make a sound and he makes a sound and so forth

  • Can lift her head by using her arms when lying on her stomach

  • Will grab onto an object placed in his hands (but will not yet pick it up) Watches her hands and puts them in her mouth

  • May begin to show a bond with certain caregivers by soothing more easily with them

  • Gurgles, squeals and makes other babbling sounds.


Remember, babies born prematurely will generally reach milestones at their adjusted age.

Check out these websites for more information on 3-Month Infant Milestones:




Week 14

Touch and taste are important ways your baby learns at this age, and you're probably finding that your growing baby wants to touch, grab and even lick everything in sight! Your baby is probably also starting to move in unexpected and surprisingly speedy ways. We're focusing on safety issues to help you keep your grabby, wiggly infant from being injured while exploring the world.

Baby Safety Web Links

Parents.com has great information about babyproofing your home, toy safety and much more.


"CPR for Family and Friends"

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s “CPR for Family & Friends” course provides lifesaving techniques for infants and children to age eight. Classes are only $5.00 per person and are held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Pre- registration is required! For information on upcoming classes or to sign up, call (530) 274-6108.

Basic Safety for Infants

By the age of 4 months or so, your baby may surprise you by her sudden ability to roll over and by reaching and grabbing items she puts in her mouth.


To be on the safe side:

Never leave him alone where he could fall or when he could roll into danger – against a wood stove or other source of heat, a brick hearth, or any sharp object. In his crib remove any soft objects that could cause suffocation.


Don’t eat, drink or carry hot foods or drinks while holding her. One waved fist could result in a burn for both of you.


For many months, your baby will be learning about the world through putting everything in his mouth. Pieces of hard food, a gummed piece of envelope or paper, or a small toy can cause choking. For information about an infant class in CPR call the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital at the number above.


Motor vehicle crashes can be particularly dangerous for unrestrained babies and small children. Be sure that your infant car seat is installed according to the manufacturer’s instruction and that it is positioned in the center of the back seat, the safest position in your car. Babies under 20 lbs. and under year old should ride facing backwards. If your baby is nearing 20 lbs. it is recommended that you get an infant/toddler convertible car seat so your baby can ride rear-facing until she reaches two years old.


Don’t take your eyes off your baby in the bath, even for a second. Avoid taking him into a pool or other water until he has good head control, otherwise his head may accidentally bob under the water. Experts also advise against submerging an infant’s face. Although babies instinctively hold their breath under water, they still swallow which can lead to water intoxication, a serious illness.


Reprinted with permission from Welcome Words, a publication of the Welcome Baby Program of Durham County, NC, Cooperative Extension.




Week 15


Previously, we offered some tips on finding quality daycare for moms who are heading back to their jobs. Now we have some tips on finding - and keeping - a great babysitter to watch your baby in your own home.


Using a Babysitter

If you haven’t used a babysitter, this is a good time to begin. Even though your baby may show signs of stranger awareness now, she’s more likely to adjust to a new person at 5 months than later – when separation anxiety sets in (usually around 7-9 months).


In addition to giving you some time off, a babysitter can give your baby the chance to form a strong relationship with another trusted adult.


Friends and neighbors with children may be able to recommend good babysitters or may be willing to trade babysitting with you. Ask friends for a recommendation or check The Nest, Facebook groups for Nevada County parents, or other local resources.


Training a Sitter

Always check a babysitter’s references. This can seem time-consuming but finding a good sitter is worth this effort. If the feedback is positive, invite the sitter to your home for a 30-minute visit. (Offer to pay the sitter for this time). Show the sitter all the important areas of your home and where you keep emergency contact numbers, first aid supplies and other safety information.

Hire a new sitter for a short first visit, maybe even while you’re around the house or yard. This is especially helpful during a younger sitter’s first visit.


If your baby is wary of new people, ask the sitter to come a half-hour early so you and your baby can visit with the sitter before you leave the house. Let the sitter know how your baby usually responds to new people and what tends to calm and soothe her (or upset her). Leave the baby and the sitter alone together while you finish getting ready so they can start to play and get to know one another. When you’re ready to leave, say good-bye and don’t linger.


Keeping a Sitter

Taking a well-deserved time off from parenting is easier when you’re confident about your baby’s care. Once you’ve found a sitter you and your baby like, let the sitter know you appreciate her (or him). Try to use favorite sitters often, stock their favorite snacks, and pay them well.


Be sure your sitter knows:

  • Where and how you can be reached.

  • Your doctor’s number and how to page the doctor on call.

  • How to feed and diaper your baby, and where to find extra clothes.

  • Baby’s bedtime/naptime routine and favorite sleep position.

  • Fire exits, first aid information, and where to find flashlights.

  • Where to take baby to call for help in case of fire or other crisis.

  • Your policy on the sitter having a friend visit or talking on your phone.

  • The habits of any pets you may have and rules for pets around your baby.


Last, but not least, go out and have a good time. You deserve it!

Reprinted with permission from Welcome Words, a publication of the Welcome Baby Program of Durham County, NC, Cooperative Extension.


Week 16


We have two great FREE local resources for you and your baby to spend quality time together, having fun and learning at the same time.


Play Time is Together Time!


Story Time at the Library

The Nevada County Public Libraries offer a range of kid-friendly programming. Programs listed below are open especially to infants and very young toddlers:

  • Mother Goose Time, Grass Valley Branch (birth - 3 years)

  • Babes in Bookland, Truckee Branch (six months to two years old). Note: Truckee also offers a Spanish Storytime open to all family members.

  • Sing-along, Madelyn Helling/Nevada City Branch (open to all family members)


For days and times, contact the library directly or check the Nevada County Library website.

Need some ideas for great books for infants and toddlers? Check out these book recommendations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


SNCS's Toy Lending Library, Indoor Play Space, and Activities

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services is also a great resource for books and toys for your baby.


The SNCS library is open to the public and is filled with a variety of developmentally appropriate toys and materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age

children and children with special needs that can be borrowed by parents, child care providers and professionals for use at home or school. Also available are books, DVD’s, a Die Cut and videos on a variety of educational and parenting topics.