Your 13-Week-Old

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By 13 weeks, half of all babies smile, squirm or wiggle with delight when they spot their parents. If you think about it, that’s a huge milestone! Your baby now a) recognizes familiar faces and b) understands that there’s something... Read more

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It’s not always easy being the mom. You’re on-call 24 hours a day, and somehow, you’re expected to know everything, from the location of the TV remote to which vaccines9 are required for daycare. On top of that, you may feel... Read more

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About Humidifiers: I always use a cool mist humidifier in her room when she’s sleeping – not for naps, but at night when she’s in there longer. When she is sick, I switch to a steam vaporizer. --... Read more

Your 13-Week-Old: Your Baby

By 13 weeks, half of all babies smile, squirm or wiggle with delight when they spot their parents. If you think about it, that’s a huge milestone! Your baby now a) recognizes familiar faces and b) understands that there’s something special about Mom and Dad. Consider this the the payoff for all those middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes! Speaking of diaper changes… most 13-week-old babies wet five or six 1times a day. Bowel movements are another story. Some babies poop every day; others, every couple of days. Some wait a week or longer! While a lot of parents worry about constipation, true constipation isn’t usually an issue in breastfed babies. As long as your baby’s poo is soft, all is well. If, however, you notice dry, hard stools, your baby is probably constipated. Consult your physician, who may recommend adding small amounts of apple or prune juice to your baby’s diet. Diaper rash is common around the three-month mark. To protect your baby’s delicate skin, change diapers frequently (except at night – your sleep is important too!) and apply a barrier ointment, such as zinc oxide, at each diaper change. If the diaper rash gets worse instead of better, consult your physician. Your baby may have a yeast infection8 that requires antifungal cream. Be sure you talk to your baby when you change his diaper. His vocabulary is really beginning to expand! Listen for his response in the form of squeals, giggles and coos.

Your Life

It’s not always easy being the mom. You’re on-call 24 hours a day, and somehow, you’re expected to know everything, from the location of the TV remote to which vaccines9 are required for daycare. On top of that, you may feel you’re supposed to do all of this while climbing the corporate ladder, or preparing nutritious gourmet meals, and having hot sex with your husband. No wonder you’re exhausted! Here’s the thing, though. It’s impossible to be a perfect mom, wife and employee. In fact, it’s impossible to be a perfect anything. And no matter how together the other moms at playgroup look, most of them are struggling to balance it all, too. It is possible, though, to juggle work and family, and be a great mom. It’s even possible to be a great mom who takes personal time and goes on dates with her husband. The key is prioritizing. So get out a piece of paper – right now! – and write down things that are most important to you. Is it a clean house? A happy baby? Thriving relationships? All of the above? Whatever it is, write it down, and let these reminders guide you And remember that while it’s all about balance, scales tip up and down depending on the day. So, while you work on your relationship tonight, let the dishes wait an hour or two.

Moms Like Me

About Humidifiers: I always use a cool mist humidifier in her room when she’s sleeping – not for naps, but at night when she’s in there longer. When she is sick, I switch to a steam vaporizer. -- tiredm0m

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