Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

STAGES: 4 MONTHS

Four months is a fun age. Your baby is becoming more and more interactive. He or she may make squealing noises and even laugh at you (or should I say with you J). If you’re lucky, your baby may even start sleeping through the night consistently by 4 months of age. Most babies do that blessed maneuver somewhere between 4 and 6 months of age. Safety Car: Continue to use an infant seat, in the back seat of the vehicle, rear facing (I like the 5 point harness style that allows you to pull the straps tight against the...

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STAGES: 2 MONTHS

Two months is a fun age; your baby is finally smiling at you interactively. It isn’t that your baby couldn’t smile before, it’s just that your baby’s vision has improved so dramatically in the past few weeks that he or she can see you well enough to consistently smile back at your funny faces. Your baby is cooing and responding to you and together, you’re finding your rhythm. Safety Car: Continue to use an infant seat, in the back seat of the vehicle, rear facing (I like the 5 point harness style that allows you to pull the straps tight...

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STAGES: NEWBORN

Congratulations, your beautiful baby has finally arrived.  It’s exciting, wonderful, overwhelming, and exhausting all at the same time.  I recall bringing home my baby from the hospital and thinking, ‘now what’ (and this coming from a pediatrician).  Soon you’ll find your rhythm.  You’ll get to know your baby’s cues for feeding and sleeping, what each different cry means and which sounds are worrisome and which sounds aren’t.  Until then, here are a few pointers. Safety Car—use an infant seat, in the back seat of the vehicle, rear facing (I like the 5 point harness style that allows you to...

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STAGES: 4 YEARS

Pediatricians, like parents, are not supposed to admit favorites. However, if I’m completely honest, 4 years is my favorite age. Four year-olds are perfectly articulate, have wonderful imaginations, want to learn, say the funniest things, generally desire to please, and still accept what you say as fact. Safety Car: Use an appropriate-sized booster seat in the back seat of the car. Children should be in a booster between 4 and 8 years old, and 40-60 lbs. Seat belts alone should not be used until the belt fits securely across the child’s hips; and the belt should not come up on...

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STAGES: 3 YEARS

Three year-olds are self-determined individuals with a good sense of right and wrong. They understand that they can influence the world around them and have discovered the art of talking their way out of a situation. It’s the delightfully funny, yet tiresome age of “why, why, why.” I resolved as a mother I would never answer “because,” yet I find myself struggling at times to come up with another answer after the tenth “why?”. Safety Car: Use an appropriate-sized convertible car seat in the back seat of the car. I like a 5 point harness style. Some large/tall 3...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott


I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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