Your 18-Week-Old

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Your Baby

Now that your baby is 18 weeks old, well-meaning friends, neighbors and relatives are probably asking if she’s started solids yet. Say no and they’ll quickly advise to you to start right away, especially if your baby is still waking... Read more

Your Life

How’s your sex life? If the answer is lackluster, join the club! Let’s face it: Your body has undergone some serious changes in the past year. You might be a few pounds heavier than you would like to be, or feel out of shape. And ... Read more

Moms Like Me

What helped with her diaper rash is we stopped using baby wipes when she had a rash. Even the sensitive wipes have some alcohol in them which stings. We used a warm washcloth, especially when cleaning poop. Not fun, but necessary.... Read more

Your 18-Week-Old: Your Baby

Now that your baby is 18 weeks old, well-meaning friends, neighbors and relatives are probably asking if she’s started solids yet. Say no and they’ll quickly advise to you to start right away, especially if your baby is still waking during the night. But the truth is there’s no convincing evidence that babies who eat solid foods sleep longer at night than babies who are exclusively breast- or bottlefed. There’s also no good reason for your baby to start solid foods right now. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the six months of an infant’s life. However, now is the perfect time to start introducing your baby to the wonders of food. Babies learn through their senses, so include her in your mealtime rituals and you’ll expose her to the sights, sounds, and smells of food and sharing food. Notice how she watches intently as you scoop up food on your fork and then move it toward your mouth. She may even open her mouth or reach out to grab your food! She’s just steps away from her first real meal. Other physical signs of readiness to eat solids include the ability to pick up small objects and sit unsupported. It’s important to note, however, that some babies exhibit all the signs of readiness, but still reject solid food. If your baby consistently pushes food out of her mouth or turns the other way, she’s not ready. Give it a few days, and then try again. As you’ve probably noticed, 18-week-old babies can be social charmers with the people he knows best.. When it comes to strangers, however, your baby will likely takes a bit to warm up Take this as a positive sign since it show he’s now able to discriminate between familiar and unfamiliar faces.

Your Life

How’s your sex life? If the answer is lackluster, join the club! Let’s face it: Your body has undergone some serious changes in the past year. You might be a few pounds heavier than you would like to be, or feel out of shape. And you’re exhausted a lot of the time. Not to mention the fact that your to-do list is never complete and there’s always laundry that needs to be washed, folded, and put away. Is it any wonder that you’re not running for the bedroom? But a healthy sex life can go a long way toward sustaining a relationship. Physical intimacy is a great way for husbands and wives to reconnect. So stop making excuses and start making sex a priority. Begin with a frank discussion. You might tell your partner that for a variety of obvious reasons, these past months have left you less interested in sex. But now you’re ready to try to rekindle your physical spark. If there’s anything he needs to know about– like lingering pain or a preference for morning sex – speak up. Then, pencil in some time. (Yeah, we know, scheduling sex seems far from sexy. But you’d be surprised at how helpful this is with getting things started once there’s a baby in the picture!) Start slow and easy, then see where your passion takes you.

Moms Like Me

What helped with her diaper rash is we stopped using baby wipes when she had a rash. Even the sensitive wipes have some alcohol in them which stings. We used a warm washcloth, especially when cleaning poop. Not fun, but necessary. —shayna_29

What Moms Are Talking About

nursing in public: Greatest thing ever- NURSING TANKS!!! That way you can nurse with a cover and not have to worry about your belly hanging out for the world to see OR it getting cold. —wrangler_angel  Read More

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