Your 31-Week-Old

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Remember when you could change your baby's diaper while he stared, fascinated, at the shadows on the wall? Those days are gone! Now, you need to be FAST (not to mention agile) to change your baby's diaper!Distract your baby by singing a silly... Read more

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Have you thought about your birth control lately? Your OB/GYN probably discussed your options with you at your post-partum check, but chances are, you were too tired to think straight at that point.Having a baby changes, well, everything, including... Read more

Moms Like Me

crawling: I was a bit stressed about Lyla not crawling and then I started hanging out with a moms group and she saw other babies the same age and slightly older crawling all over the place and just did it all of the sudden. I wonder if that would... Read more

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Tatum is grabbing and handling things and the first place everything goes is in the mouth! He rolled and grabbed my foot the other day and tried to stick my toe in his mouth! Ick!... Read more

Your 31-Week-Old: Your Baby

Remember when you could change your baby's diaper while he stared, fascinated, at the shadows on the wall? Those days are gone! Now, you need to be FAST (not to mention agile) to change your baby's diaper!

Distract your baby by singing a silly song. Hand him an intriguing toy. Tickle his belly before changing the diaper; engaging him just might interest him enough to keep him in the moment. When all else fails, chase your baby down as he crawls away. Of course, he might think Chase is a pretty fun game, so be prepared to play again and again and again!

Now that your baby's moving around, make it a point to vacuum often. As you well know, babies put everything in their mouths. Most of the time, it's not a problem, no matter how disgusting the object (a day-old cracker, a chunk of dirt) might seem to you. Babies' immune systems are incredibly robust and each encounter with an unknown germ actually enhances your child's immune system. Be smart, though. Wash your baby's hands frequently—and if he reaches for something truly disgusting, like dog poo, intervene. Bet you already knew that, though.

Don't be surprised if your baby cries as you shoo him away from the dog poo. Sure, he wants to play with it and he's frustrated that you've stopped him. But he's also upset because you're upset. Babies this age are incredibly good at picking up on emotional cues. Ever wonder why your baby is exceptionally fussy when you're having a bad day? It's because he's becoming increasingly adept at reading your face and body language. When you're stressed, he's stressed—and that's not a good thing, because continued exposure to stress may inhibit brain development. Which, when you think about, is all the better reason to take good care of yourself!

Your Life

Have you thought about your birth control lately? Your OB/GYN probably discussed your options with you at your post-partum check, but chances are, you were too tired to think straight at that point.

Having a baby changes, well, everything, including the shape of your cervix. That means that if you relied on a diaphragm or cervical cap to prevent pregnancy before, you need to be fitted for a new one now. The Pill is still a good choice – as long as you remember to take it. (Easier said than done, with a baby in the house!) Breastfeeding can suppress ovulation, but its effectiveness as a birth control regimen varies depending on how often your baby nurses. In other words, if you're absolutely sure you don't want to get pregnant yet, don't rely on breastfeeding as your sole means of birth control.

Other options include an IUD or implantable form of hormonal birth control. More definitive options include a tubal ligation (having your "tubes tied") or vasectomy. Before signing up for a permanent procedure, though, be absolutely certain that you're done having children. As morbid as it may sound, ask yourself questions such as, What if my husband dies? What if something happens to my baby? If you're not completely certain you're done with kids, a less-permanent, long-term form of birth control, such as a hormone-releasing IUD, may be a good choice. Our contraceptive guide can help you whittle down your choices.

Moms Like Me

crawling: I was a bit stressed about Lyla not crawling and then I started hanging out with a moms group and she saw other babies the same age and slightly older crawling all over the place and just did it all of the sudden. I wonder if that would help? being around other kids doing it? I know that that worked for her. Before that she could crawl but just didn't care to and now she crawls all the time. All it took is some motivation by wanting to keep up with the other kids. —leannem2007

What Moms Are Talking About

Tatum is grabbing and handling things and the first place everything goes is in the mouth! He rolled and grabbed my foot the other day and tried to stick my toe in his mouth! Ick! —bskinner51207

What Moms Are Talking About

Tatum is grabbing and handling things and the first place everything goes is in the mouth! He rolled and grabbed my foot the other day and tried to stick my toe in his mouth! Ick! —bskinner51207   Read More

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