Your 12-Week-Old

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Three months old! Some experts refer to the first three months of a baby’s life as the fourth trimester, a time of adjustment to the outside world. As you surely discovered, newborn babies need lots of cuddling and holding. They’re... Read more

Your Life

Are you still breastfeeding? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 percent 6of babies are exclusively breastfed at three months. Of course, a lot of other moms are still nursing their babies while supplementing with... Read more

Moms Like Me

Traveling with Baby: I don't check the carseat at the airport counter because they make you sign a form saying that they're not liable if it gets banged up. I gate-check so that it spends the minimal amount of time in the hands of strangers and out... Read more

Your 12-Week-Old: Your Baby

Three months old! Some experts refer to the first three months of a baby’s life as the fourth trimester, a time of adjustment to the outside world. As you surely discovered, newborn babies need lots of cuddling and holding. They’re driven by physical needs (hunger, warmth, security) and their schedule is erratic at best. All that’s about to change. Your baby is now a three-month-old who’s beginning to understand what life is all about. She knows that if she cries, you’ll feed her. She knows that if she grins at you, you’ll grin back. Her sleep/wake cycles are settling into a somewhat predictable rhythm (some lucky babies are sleeping in six-hour stretches by now) and she’s increasingly curious about the world. When she hears an interesting sound while feeding, she may pull away from the breast or bottle just to check things out.. Speaking of interesting…check out your baby’s hair! Many babies develop a bald spot on the back of their heads right about now. Baby bald spots occur because babies turn their heads side-to-side while lying on their backs. Over time, the hair just breaks off. But don’t worry, new hair will grow back in -- so snap some pictures of Baldy while you can.

Your Life

Are you still breastfeeding? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 percent 6of babies are exclusively breastfed at three months. Of course, a lot of other moms are still nursing their babies while supplementing with formula, but breastfeeding rates do decline with time. Less than half of moms are breastfeeding babies at 6 months old; at a year, only 23 percent of moms are still breastfeeding. If you’re not sure whether you want to continue breastfeeding, you might consider some of the many ways breastfeeding benefits you. Breastfeeding facilitates weight loss and decreases your lifetime risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It also decreases your odds of a later-in-life hip fracture. If you want to continue breastfeeding, we’re here to support you with ideas about how you can combine nursing with paid employment, and advice for figuring out what you can – and can’t – eat. (Answer: you can eat almost anything.) And, of course, we’ll connect you with other moms who can help you find your way. If you’re not breastfeeding, you’ve probably had your first period by now. Breastfeeding moms will find that their period takes longer to re-appear – sometimes, a year or more.

Moms Like Me

Traveling with Baby: I don't check the carseat at the airport counter because they make you sign a form saying that they're not liable if it gets banged up. I gate-check so that it spends the minimal amount of time in the hands of strangers and out of my sight. —loramz

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Long naps: The phrase I always hear is "sleep begets sleep"-- meaning better naps during the day equals better sleep at night. So you can let her sleep unless you need to feed.—fordreamin Read More

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