Your 29-Week-Old

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If your baby doesn't already wail when leave her with a sitter, she may start soon. But as hard as it can be to see your baby cry, separation anxiety is actually a sign of cognitive development. Your baby has now formed a mental picture of you and... Read more

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Have you tried taking your baby out to dinner yet? It's not quite as easy as it was in the newborn days, when she snoozed in her car seat through the entire meal, but it's possible. The key is preparation.Do your homework. Some restaurants are... Read more

Moms Like Me

I would recommend doing a lot of kegels daily to build up that area. My CNM also recommends massaging the area with primrose oil. LOL. She reminds my DH to do it at every visit. Also... from research, it looks like it is MUCH better to tear... Read more

Your 29-Week-Old: Your Baby

If your baby doesn't already wail when leave her with a sitter, she may start soon. But as hard as it can be to see your baby cry, separation anxiety is actually a sign of cognitive development. Your baby has now formed a mental picture of you and understands that you are a very important part of her life—so important, in fact, that she becomes fearful when she can't see you.

That's part of why she checks in with you every few minutes. Ever notice how she'll play with her toys for a while, then either crawl over to say hi or call out to you? That's because she wants to make sure you're still around! Taking a few minutes of your time to tickle or talk to her recharges her for another round of solo exploration—and frees you up to surf the Web!

You might also notice your baby latching onto a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Some babies even drag mom's PJs out the hamper! Security objects—whether a blanket, stuffed animal or silky nightie—remind your child of you and help her feel secure when you're not around. So don't sweat her attachment to an otherwise meaningless piece of fabric. She'll give it up in a couple years, when she's good and ready.

Babies this age are fascinated by movement. They love watching moving objects and they love to make things happen. (Is it any wonder most of the peas end up on the floor?) For fun, try building a simple block tower and invite your baby to knock it down. She'll want to do it over and over and over again!

And speaking of moving…has your little one tried to stand? By 8 months, most babies can stand with support, but some very motivated babes have already mastered the art of pulling up. If yours hasn't, don't worry. Only half of all babies can pull up on furniture by the age of 9 months.

Your Life

Have you tried taking your baby out to dinner yet? It's not quite as easy as it was in the newborn days, when she snoozed in her car seat through the entire meal, but it's possible. The key is preparation.

Do your homework. Some restaurants are suited to families with children; others are not. If you've been dying to check out the hot new restaurant with the fabulous chef, hire a babysitter and plan a date night with your hubby. If you have something a little more low-key in mind, call the restaurant (or talk to your mom friends) about their accommodations. Ask if they have high chairs. If they don't—or if they're annoyed by your request—it's probably not a good place for your baby.

Then, plan your evening around your baby. (Trust us: Your life will be easier if you do.) Pack a diaper bag with wipes, bibs, baby spoons, baby food and a quiet toy or two. Head out early; don't arrive at prime dining time and expect a cheery reception. Be extra nice to the wait staff. Yes, your baby is cute, but she's also a human mess machine. Thank the staff for their help and be sure to tip generously.

Be aware of other diners as well. If your baby starts to fuss, distract her or remove her from the restaurant. Don't expect to linger over coffee. If your baby is still happy, by all means, stay. But if she's restless or squirmy, it's probably time to go. Pack up your stuff and pat yourself on the back.

Moms Like Me

I would recommend doing a lot of kegels daily to build up that area. My CNM also recommends massaging the area with primrose oil. LOL. She reminds my DH to do it at every visit. Also... from research, it looks like it is MUCH better to tear naturally than to have an episiotomy. Natural tears heal much faster than when they cut you. —kylaplusone

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