Your Baby's 40th Week of Life

What's Happening with Your Baby

Your baby is continuing to exercise his muscles and learn the balance necessary for standing alone. Around this time he will have progressed to pulling himself to standing. Watch your little one carefully during this period to make sure he doesn't try to use an unstable piece of furniture as leverage.

Taking Care of Yourself

Did you ever expect such a little person to accumulate such big toys? Sometimes it can be absolutely overwhelming to think how your baby and his things have taken over your house. And because babies tend to acquire more and more items throughout the year, particularly on their birthdays and during the holidays, maintaining order requires diligence. When you feel the invasion is too much, ask a friend or relative to take your little one for a few hours while you and your partner put things back in order. Box up the toys that your baby has outgrown. Put all little toys in baskets or other easy-to-put-away containers. Make sure you place larger toys out of your normal traffic pattern. If you have five trucks, leave only two out and put the others in a closet; rotate later. It's common for toys to mysteriously multiply as babies grow -- you just need to stay on top of them to make sure they don't take over.

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