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Have you considered teaching your baby to drink from a cup? While it's not uncommon to see toddlers walking around with sippy cups, few parents think to offer a cup to a child under six months. And yet, many experts say that now is great time to... Read more

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Having a baby shouldn't feel like you’re under house arrest. That said, we totally get how prepping for a 2-hour outing with baby can feel more like packing for a 2-week trek through the Himalayas. But getting out with baby is essential to... Read more

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I climbed in the tub and took her with me. She was calm and relaxed and was able to latch on with less of a struggle.... Read more

Your 20-Week-Old: Your Baby

Have you considered teaching your baby to drink from a cup? While it's not uncommon to see toddlers walking around with sippy cups, few parents think to offer a cup to a child under six months. And yet, many experts say that now is great time to introduce the cup. Your child is physically capable of drinking from one, and not nearly as attached to the bottle as she will be by one-year-old. Start by offering your baby a small sip of familiar fluid (breastmilk if you're nursing, formula if you're not) in a non-breakable cup. You can also start with water, but most babies are more likely to accept a familiar taste. Stop offering sips when your baby becomes frustrated. Learning to drink from a cup takes time, and if your baby isn't ready, she'll let you know. Simply try again in a few weeks. If nothing else, your baby will have a blast playing with the cup. Twenty-week-olds love to grasp, handle and hold various objects. Offer your baby toys of many different textures, from soft stuffed animals to washcloths and cool metal measuring spoons. (Babies love the way measuring spoons jiggle!) Babies this age are also fascinated with motion, so now is a good time to break out the balls. Try rolling a ball to your baby and convincing her to roll it back. She probably won't have the skills to roll it back to you quite yet, but she'll have a great time chasing the ball!

Your Life

Having a baby shouldn't feel like you’re under house arrest. That said, we totally get how prepping for a 2-hour outing with baby can feel more like packing for a 2-week trek through the Himalayas. But getting out with baby is essential to your well-being (not to mention how much your baby looks forward to checking out new surroundings). With a little bit of planning and preparation, it's entirely possible to enjoy lunch with a friend, a day at the zoo and the latest exhibit at the art museum. Vacationing with baby might be a different story. A lot of parents are intimidated by the idea of traveling with an infant, and understandably so. There are logistical considerations: To successfully travel with a baby, you have to figure out what essentials to pack and how to maintain your baby's routine in a novel environment. There are emotional considerations: You have to figure out how to remain calm when your baby wails—as the eyes of 40 unhappy air travelers bore into your back. There are also financial considerations: Travel is anything but cheap. But don't let any of the obstacles stop you. Your baby is actually at the perfect age for travel. She's social, relatively adaptable and not entirely mobile (wait another 6 months and you'll have a little walker on your hand, and trust us, new walkers do not look kindly upon car seats or long plan rides). If at all possible, choose a family-friendly destination. And try to stick to your baby's routine as much as possible, even in the new environment. Also, avoid introducing anything new—such as solids—just before the trip. You want baby's life to be as stable as possible before you set off on your great adventure. Lastly, remind yourself that being on vacation with baby can be wonderful, but is also worlds away from what this kind of downtime meant pre-baby. Then relax and have fun!

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I climbed in the tub and took her with me. She was calm and relaxed and was able to latch on with less of a struggle. —cowgirlstef

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I was told one thing that has made me a little more sane over the years, and let me understand that I needed to do what was best for my family and for myself. "If momma isn't happy, no one is happy." Think about that... hopely it helps you like it did me. I was allowed to be happy and be a mommy, and what happens happens. —elvenbeauty18  Read More

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