Your 28-Week-Old

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By now, your baby recognizes and responds to his name. He may understand quite a bit of what you're saying, so keep talking. Tell him about the problem you're having with your boss. (Keep it clean, though!) Ask him to stick his "arms"... Read more

Your Life

Having a baby changes your relationship with your parents. Now, you're a parent too.For the first time ever, you may understand the care, concern and unconditional love parents feel for their children.That understanding may bring you... Read more

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So many things can factor into Braxton Hicks contractions- dehydration, infections, too much activity etc. So if you lay down, drink water, have an empty bladder and still having continued BH, then a call to the dr to get their opinion would be a... Read more

Your 28-Week-Old: Your Baby

By now, your baby recognizes and responds to his name. He may understand quite a bit of what you're saying, so keep talking. Tell him about the problem you're having with your boss. (Keep it clean, though!) Ask him to stick his "arms" into the sleeves of his "shirt." Spoon feed him his "mashed potatoes" before sprinkling some "peas" on his highchair tray. Just don't count on the TV to teach your baby language. True, people talk on TV, but person-to-person interaction seems to be a key part of language development.

Talk a little slower than normal when speaking to your baby (to help him separate out words) and avoid confusing pronouns. At this age, it's perfectly OK to say, "That's Joey's toy," instead of "that’s your toy." He’ll figure out pronouns sometime around agree three.

Don't worry if your little one shows no interest in crawling. Crawling isn't even considered a developmental milestone! As long as your baby is moving and grooving, he's doing just fine.

Intellectually, he's still wrestling with the idea of object permanence, the fact that objects exist even when they’re out-of-sight—which is why he loves to throw food off the highchair tray. To you, it looks like a mess (and it is!), but as far as your baby is concerned, he's in the middle of some serious scientific experimentation. Our best advice? Keep a washcloth handy. And when the food throwing gets to be too much, end the meal.

While the development of object permanence is a serious intellectual advance, it does have a few downsides. Downside #1: You can no longer simply stash a noisy or unsafe toy behind your back. If you take a toy away from your baby now, he's going to look for it. Downside #2: Separation anxiety. On one level, your baby now knows that you exist, even when you disappear. But on another level, he's not so sure. It'll be months before he's confident in your return, so be sure to give plenty of kisses and reassurance before you head out the door. And always—always—return according to schedule.

Your Life

Having a baby changes your relationship with your parents. Now, you're a parent too.

For the first time ever, you may understand the care, concern and unconditional love parents feel for their children.

That understanding may bring you closer—for once, you're on the same side as your parents—but parenting with your parents around can also be a source of stress. As much as your parents love you, they may have a hard time watching you fumble your way through baby care. With their years of experience, they may feel perfectly qualified to tell you how to care for your baby.

Let's face it: Your parents and in-laws have years of experience, and they probably do know a thing or two about raising babies. But some of their knowledge may be outdated (back in the day, babies were put to sleep on their tummies). Some of it might not apply to your baby or your living situation.

Listen to your parents and in-laws, thank them for their concern and ask about their experiences raising children. Then, do what's right for your baby.

Moms Like Me

So many things can factor into Braxton Hicks contractions- dehydration, infections, too much activity etc. So if you lay down, drink water, have an empty bladder and still having continued BH, then a call to the dr to get their opinion would be a really good idea. —momma2monkeys

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