Your Baby's 16th Week of Life

Fun Activity

Since your baby changes so dramatically during his first year of life, you may head to the photography studio more than once. When you do, make it an enjoyable outing for all. Think ahead about what sort of picture you'd like, and plan your baby's outfit accordingly. Schedule a time when your baby is most alert and happy. Immediately following lunch is often a good time, when baby's tummy is full and he is ready for play. Make sure it's a good time for you and that you aren't hurried, as your baby can tell when you are stressed and will be affected. Be prepared for anything. Take an extra change of clothes in case of an accident, bring along a couple of your little one's favorite toys and don't forget a snack. Having your picture taken is hard work. Follow these tips and you'll have some photos of your baby's first year to cherish forever.

Safety Alert

If you put your little one to bed with a bottle, your baby is at risk for developing serious tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by frequent and long-term exposure to liquids containing sugars. This includes milk, formula and juices, as well as sodas and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in the liquids pool around your baby's teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria that cause plaque. According to the California Dental Association, it is of particular concern to give an infant liquids containing sugar (this includes formula) during nap or bedtime because when a baby sleeps the amount of saliva increases, allowing the sugary substances to pool around the baby's teeth for an extended amount of time.

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