Your Baby's Tenth Week of Life

What's Happening with Your Baby

Your baby is gaining greater control over his body every day. He can now kick his legs energetically and when on his back, can straighten his legs. You may be surprised by his strength. Your little one also can reach for dangling objects -- so make sure that mobile is out of arm's reach. He can also grasp and shake hand toys. His verbal skills are being refined as well, as he begins to imitate sounds. Say a few vowels (aa-ee-ii-oo-uu) and see what sort of response you get.

Taking Care of Yourself

Are you immediately reduced to tears each time you think of leaving your baby to return to work? Are you questioning whether it is best for you to leave your baby and let another care for him? If so, there are many options for today's mom. First, determine whether your family can afford to live without your income. If you can manage without your salary and want to stay home full-time, you may have an easy answer. Or you may want to consider working part-time. Many moms feel that the best mix for them personally and professionally is to maintain their career on a part-time basis. A third option is finding a job where you can incorporate the care of your baby with your duties. Possibilities include starting a work-from-home independent sales/consultant business (such as Discovery Toys, Tupperware or Mary Kay) or working for a business that will allow infants to accompany their moms. This is a tough decision, one that new parents confront every each day.

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