Your 17-Week-Old

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Has your baby started drooling yet? A lot of 17-week-old babies are virtual drool monsters. Between this, and the constant hand-gnawing, a lot of parents assume that a tooth is going to emerge any minute. First teeth generally erupt between four... Read more

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Let’s talk about a schedule for you. Your baby isn’t the only one who needs to eat, sleep, exercise and rest. As a new mom, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in your baby’s needs that you virtually forget your own. But both... Read more

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Baby gets sick: i always use a cool mist humidifier in her room when she is sleeping at night. not for naps but at night since she's in there longer. when she is sick, i switch to a steam vaporizer. ... Read more

Your 17-Week-Old: Your Baby

Has your baby started drooling yet? A lot of 17-week-old babies are virtual drool monsters. Between this, and the constant hand-gnawing, a lot of parents assume that a tooth is going to emerge any minute. First teeth generally erupt between four and six months. But teething is a process , which means it’ll likely be on-and off-drooling over the course of a month or two before you finally see a sweet little chopper poke through those gums. To keep your baby comfortable, give her plenty of things to chew on. There are a variety of artificial teething rings on the market, but be careful – some contain phthalates and/or Bisphenol-A (BPA), both potentially toxic chemicals that have been linked to certain cancers, early puberty, and thyroid conditions. A frozen washcloth is another great way to soothe; (Wet, twist, and then freeze before giving to baby.) most babies enjoy the cool, slightly rough sensation on their gums. Other all-natural teethers include a whole raw carrot (this only works if your baby has no teeth and if you supervise!) or your clean, dry fingers. If your baby is still uncomfortable, rub an oral analgesic such as Baby Orajel® on her gums, or give her acetaminophen or ibuprofen (ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for the proper dosage). In addition to sprouting teeth, your baby’s eye and hair color might change this month. For instance, most light-skinned babies are born with slate blue eyes, but over your child’s first six months the color may evolve into green, grey or hazel. (Dark brown eyes tend to stay dark brown.) Meanwhile, your baby’s hair may develop a whole new look. If he was born with a head full of dark hair, he may start to lose it all and re-grow fine, light colored hair. Or your little bald-headed munchkin might start sporting a layer of peach fuzz. Intellectually, your little one is becoming quite sophisticated! He can now identify basic patterns – and even notices the number of objects in a picture. Make some time every day for reading and playing And change up his environment every now and then (even something as simple as moving his high chair to the other side of the table 0helps to keep him engaged and excited about his surroundings.

Your Life

Let’s talk about a schedule for you. Your baby isn’t the only one who needs to eat, sleep, exercise and rest. As a new mom, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in your baby’s needs that you virtually forget your own. But both you and your baby (not to mention your husband!) will be healthier and happier if you’re centered and relaxed. Begin by making a list of everything that has to happen in a day. Be sure to include sleep and exercise! Once you’ve jotted everything down, look for ways to combine tasks. You need exercise and the baby needs to go to daycare. Is it possible to drive to daycare, but walk to work from there? Or maybe you can plan regular walking dates with a friend? Your baby gets time outdoors, and you get exercise and time to catch up with a friend. Now that your baby is settling into a somewhat predictable schedule, you’ll find it easier to allot time for house cleaning, relaxing and sex. Take advantage of your baby’s naps, and plan some grown-up time during those weekend naps, or for when baby is tucked in bed at night. And while babies like routine, they also crave new experiences. So just remember to build in time for changing up your baby’s schedule here and there. And consider, too, how the schedule is working for you. If you find the schedule stressing you out in any way, ditch it! Of course, some moms prefer to fly by the seat of their pants, and if that works for baby and mom, then that’s just fine, too.

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Baby gets sick: i always use a cool mist humidifier in her room when she is sleeping at night. not for naps but at night since she's in there longer. when she is sick, i switch to a steam vaporizer. —tiredm0m

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