What's Happening with Your Baby
At around six months of age, your baby's lower central incisors (front teeth, bottom jaw) will probably erupt. Teething can cause pain, which then causes fussiness. The first teeth are followed by the upper incisors and both maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) lateral incisors. By the first year, your little one will likely have eight incisors in total. Also, your baby can now sit with minimal support and is learning to drink from a cup with your help.
Taking Care of Yourself
If you are working outside the home, there's now research to show that there's a very good chance that your stress level has indeed increased since your baby's birth. A study at Duke University Medical Center, published in the July 23, 1997, issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, revealed that stress-hormone levels in moms working outside the home rise each morning and remain elevated until bedtime. This phenomenon occurs regardless of marital status. The good news is stress levels do not increase further with additional children. (Researchers noted that a study is needed on moms not working outside the home as well.) To minimize your stress, try the following:
- Begin to get ready for the following day the night before, including packing your lunch and work materials and setting out the supplies your baby takes to the sitter's.
- Prepare food in advance when you have more time, like during the weekend, and reheat leftovers on busy work nights.
- Let a few things slide. The house doesn't have to be immaculate all the time.
- Find out how to bring balance to your life