Your 25-Week-Old

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Just when you think your baby is settling into a nice, predictable sleep schedule, something comes along, like a new tooth or growth spurt, and throws you all off course. While most babies now sleep 11 to 15 hours a day, it's not uncommon for... Read more

Your Life

Feeling a little frumpy lately? Finding a comfortable-yet-chic mom wardrobe is no easy task, especially when you’re still carrying a few pounds of baby weight. Plus, your clothing priorities have probably changed. High fashion, hand-wash only... Read more

Moms Like Me

I'm a huge advocate of baby signing. The first sign I taught Meg was "milk", followed by "more". She first started signing around 8 months. Shortly after those signs she learned "ball", "please" and... Read more

Your 25-Week-Old: Your Baby

Just when you think your baby is settling into a nice, predictable sleep schedule, something comes along, like a new tooth or growth spurt, and throws you all off course. While most babies now sleep 11 to 15 hours a day, it's not uncommon for nighttime awakenings to begin again. Getting up at 3 a.m. is a lot harder after your body has readjusted to a full nights' sleep!

Teething is no picnic for your baby. Baby teeth pushing against tender gums can cause pain and discomfort, and tends to be more noticeable at night when there's less to distract him from the pain. Illness is another reason for renewed nighttime awakenings. Babies may also wake up to practice creeping, crawling and sitting. It's almost like their minds and bodies can't shut off after a full day of activity.

If your baby's sleep schedule has been disrupted for any reason, it's up to you to re-establish it. Be consistent with his bedtime routine. Then decide how you want to handle your baby's midnight calls. If you can't stand to hear your baby cry, go to him, but keep the lights off and try patting him on the back instead of holding him; sometimes, your presence is all that's needed to help him go back to sleep. The next time, you might try singing to him, without touching him. Another option is to simply let your baby fuss for a while. Feel free to go to him if his cries erupt into full-flown wails, but first give it a few seconds. He might surprise you by settling on his own.

During the day, keep your baby engaged. Most six-month-olds love bouncy seats, activity centers and baby swings. They like active play as well. Your wee one can now reach out and grasp an object using her entire fist, so try scattering some interesting toys—blocks, rattles, etc.—just out of reach and see what she does.

Your Life

Feeling a little frumpy lately? Finding a comfortable-yet-chic mom wardrobe is no easy task, especially when you’re still carrying a few pounds of baby weight. Plus, your clothing priorities have probably changed. High fashion, hand-wash only clothes are a thing of the past; non-wrinkling, easy-care clothing are where it's at.

A great pair of jeans and a fun t-shirt can look fabulous, but boost your mood by changing it up once in awhile. Start with what you own, but look at things differently. Try belting a plain white shirt. Wear ballet flats instead of tennies. And consider slipping on a dress and a casual scarf the next time you head out with baby. Truly, nothing could be simpler. Most dresses also expertly skim your curves, making them a figure-friendly, flattering choice.

Of course, there's a time and place for dressing down as well. If your old yoga pants make you feel happy, go for it!

Moms Like Me

I'm a huge advocate of baby signing. The first sign I taught Meg was "milk", followed by "more". She first started signing around 8 months. Shortly after those signs she learned "ball", "please" and "thank you". The sign language not only helped prevent some tantrums, but was also a fun way to communicate. When we went for walks around the block she would sign when she saw a bird, or heard a dog barking. Her verbal skills also developed very quickly. —megsmomswany

What Moms Are Talking About

Teething Advice:  VIBRATING TEETHERS!! these were an absolute life saver!  nate did not care for the cold/gel ones.  we will have at least three on hand for Noah. preferrably the kind where you can replace the batteries. —j_me1  Read More

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