Your 11-Week-Old

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Your baby is starting to understand cause-and-effect. By now, he knows that if he cries, you come. He knows that a smile generally elicits another smile. And he’s beginning to realize that he can make things happen! Combine his increasingly... Read more

Your Life

Take a look around your house. What do you see? If you’re like most parents, the answer is probably baby gear, baby gear, baby gear! Babies might be small, but their stuff — from bottle warmers to bouncy seats – can take up a lot... Read more

Moms Like Me

Low supply: You have to keep stimulating your body to make milk by pumping or getting baby to latch. And the most important time is at night, when you'd least like to deal with it. I have heard that milk producing hormones are most plentiful at... Read more

Your 11-Week-Old: Your Baby

Your baby is starting to understand cause-and-effect. By now, he knows that if he cries, you come. He knows that a smile generally elicits another smile. And he’s beginning to realize that he can make things happen! Combine his increasingly coordinated movements with a basic understanding of cause-and-effect and you have a baby on a mission. That makes this a great week to introduce interactive toys – you know, toys that respond in some way when your baby touches them. Rattles are a classic: baby pushes or wiggles the rattle and it makes noise. Of course, there are a host of high-tech toys that also wiggle, jiggle or play music in response to your little one’s touch. Look for something relatively simple. Too many lights and sounds can easily overwhelm a baby (and drive Mom crazy!). Make sure that all toys are safe and age-appropriate. At this age, that means all toys should be larger than your infant’s fist and have smooth edges. Second-hand toys are OK, as long as they’ve been properly cleaned first. Check the recall lists too. Physically, your baby may have figured out how to push with his feet when he lies on his tummy. Most babies don’t crawl ‘til about 6 months, but it won’t be long before he’s pushing himself around the floor.

Your Life

Take a look around your house. What do you see? If you’re like most parents, the answer is probably baby gear, baby gear, baby gear! Babies might be small, but their stuff — from bottle warmers to bouncy seats – can take up a lot of space. Try to keep one room an adult-friendly zone: Commit to picking up and putting away all the baby gear in that room at the end of the day, so that you and your partner have a relaxing haven. Speaking of organizing the chaos…now is the time to think about introducing a schedule. We’re not talking a rigid, by-the-clock schedule; with a baby in the house, you have to be adaptable. But now that your infant is older, you may notice him easing into a schedule of his own. He might wake up at 6 a.m., for instance, and fall back asleep about two hours after his morning feeding. Building your day around your baby’s emerging schedule lets him know what to expect (babies crave routine) – and gives you blocks of time to accomplish your other tasks.

Moms Like Me

Low supply: You have to keep stimulating your body to make milk by pumping or getting baby to latch. And the most important time is at night, when you'd least like to deal with it. I have heard that milk producing hormones are most plentiful at night, so pumping or feeding at that time will help with production. -- rikki-tikki-tavi

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These first few months just fly by and my baby is changing so much. I'm doing my best to try to cherish every moment with Sean as he is likely my last baby. —mommytojules Read More

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