Your 16-Week-Old

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Now your bambino is starting to look like the adorable babies in the ads! She’s smiling, cooing, reaching, laughing – and even (gasp!) beginning to sleep longer hours. If she’s not yet on a regular sleep/wake schedule, you can... Read more

Your Life

Are you getting the hang of juggling work and family life? No worries if the answer is “Nope!” Four short months ago, you were still pregnant! Now you’re a mom who must meet the needs of a completely dependent creature, no matter... Read more

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bathing with baby: Oh, I have an great alternative for baby bathtubs. :) I got a shower seat and I would strip down and sit on the seat with a hand towel on my lap, then I'd put the baby on my lap and give him a bath that way. Then he'd get handed... Read more

Your 16-Week-Old: Your Baby

Now your bambino is starting to look like the adorable babies in the ads! She’s smiling, cooing, reaching, laughing – and even (gasp!) beginning to sleep longer hours. If she’s not yet on a regular sleep/wake schedule, you can gradually introduce one. Nothing rigid or militaristic, just a simple pattern that will help both you and your baby know what to expect. Our sleep method decoder can help you find a sleep training method that works for you. Physically, baby can now:

  • Support her head while sitting in her car seat or bouncy seat. Sitting independently isn’t far off.
  • Do a push-up while on her belly. Keep up the tummy time.
  • Understand all the sounds in her native language, and repeat some back.
  • Amuse herself for a short time—with toys you’d never guess

Your baby will soon be on the move, so if you haven’t already started childproofing, it’s time to begin. Start by scanning your home, room-by-room. Take note of any down-low hazards, such as dog and cat bowls. Unless you want her eating handfuls of Dog Chow, it’s time to move them somewhere else. For a room-by-room childproofing checklist, click here. While many babies start solid foods around the four-month mark, it’s probably best to hold off for now. (Unless your pediatrician tells you otherwise.) Ideally, you should wait until your baby has lost what’s known as the tongue protrusion reflex, or the automatic ability to push out whatever enters his mouth. He should also be able to sit with support, hold up his head and swallow easily.

Your Life

Are you getting the hang of juggling work and family life? No worries if the answer is “Nope!” Four short months ago, you were still pregnant! Now you’re a mom who must meet the needs of a completely dependent creature, no matter what time of day it is. To top it off, you’re likely sleep-deprived but still expected to be on top of your game at work. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed , and to also wonder if/when you’ll ever feel like your old self again. The reality is that once you become a mom, you’re not ever truly your old self again. But that’s really OK. Gradually, you’ll learn to how incorporate all these new aspects of your life, and you’ll emerge a stronger, more complex person than you ever could have possibly imagined. We guarantee it. If you’re feeling extremely anxious, unsettled or unhappy, though, get checked for post-partum depression (PPD). You might think that you’re in the clear now that your baby is four-months-old. But the reality is that PPD can occur anytime in the first year. And besides sapping your energy and strength, PPD robs your baby of the mother you were meant to be. So take the first step. Call your doctor and ask for a PPD screening. Today. And remember that you’re not alone: According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in the year following a birth, one out of every five women experiences moderate to serious depression.

Moms Like Me

bathing with baby: Oh, I have an great alternative for baby bathtubs. :) I got a shower seat and I would strip down and sit on the seat with a hand towel on my lap, then I'd put the baby on my lap and give him a bath that way. Then he'd get handed off to DH and this FTM would actually get a shower everyday. :P Pretty sneaky...I had a hard time getting a shower daily if I didn't take one with the baby, there just always seemed to be something else that was more important. When he got a little bit older I bought an inflatable ducky tub that was soft and small. he loved it then we moved up to a bath seat and then to him just playing in the big tub. So I pretty much think baby tubs are useless. —mellymel96

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