Your 14-Week-Old

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The magical moment has finally arrived: Your baby can now occupy himself for a few minutes at a time. His hands – recently discovered – are his favorite plaything. He’ll flex, inspect and suck his fingers over and over again. While... Read more

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Back in the olden days – you know, when you were a kid – parents snapped photos of their babies (with film that had to be sent out and developed!) and stuffed them in photo albums and shoeboxes. If you were lucky, your parents had an old... Read more

Moms Like Me

About Socks: I usually put a pair of tights on under her pants. That way, if I take her out and put a pair of socks on her for extra warmth, they stay on really well over the tights. I live in a cold climate, so I can get away with the extra layers.... Read more

Your 14-Week-Old: Your Baby

The magical moment has finally arrived: Your baby can now occupy himself for a few minutes at a time. His hands – recently discovered – are his favorite plaything. He’ll flex, inspect and suck his fingers over and over again. While he’s happily entertaining himself, you get to steal away for a minute or two and do things like bolt to the bathroom (in peace! alone!). Of course, before you leave him unattended, make sure he’s safe. If he’s on the floor, all small or potentially dangerous objects should be up and out of his reach. By now, your baby has been cooing for some time. This week, expect to hear even more vowel sounds. Your baby may also learn that he can change his sound by altering the shape of his mouth. Talk to him. Research has shown that babies recognize their mothers’ voices even before birth. After birth, most babies prefer the sound of their mothers crooning a lullaby to the sound of recorded CDs. Your voice brings your baby comfort – and introduces him to the sounds of his native tongue. Reading to your baby is another way to expand his vocabulary. Start with thick, chunky board books6 your baby can grip and chew (babies love to explore with their mouths first!) Babies also love colorful illustrations, so point out the pictures while narrating the action. Your baby won’t know (or care) if you’re reading the words correctly. Right now he’s more interested7 in the sound of your voice.

Your Life

Back in the olden days – you know, when you were a kid – parents snapped photos of their babies (with film that had to be sent out and developed!) and stuffed them in photo albums and shoeboxes. If you were lucky, your parents had an old Super 8 or VHS video recorder to capture your first steps. Today, you can document and share every detail of your baby’s life with ease. Some moms broadcast8 their births live on the Internet; others maintain blogs to update far-flung friends and relatives. A couple things to consider: If you’re going to post photos or videos of your baby online, be careful about the identifying information you offer up. For social networking pages, like Facebook, consider restricting viewing access to friends and family only. Whether you decide to share your photos or not, be sure to take plenty of candid, everyday shots. Pretty, posed pictures are great, but they’ll never capture the memory of your child’s early days as accurately as random photos. And don’t wait for your baby to smile. Snap a couple of him in a pensive mood, or while he’s sleeping. Some of your best shots may be of him in mid-cry!

Moms Like Me

About Socks: I usually put a pair of tights on under her pants. That way, if I take her out and put a pair of socks on her for extra warmth, they stay on really well over the tights. I live in a cold climate, so I can get away with the extra layers. – momcat228

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Personally, I don't think 3-month-olds have a schedule of any kind. I know Madison didn't. She would cry when she was hungry and I would feed her. She would cry when she was tired and I'd put her in her swing. —xjenni4everx Read More

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