Your 32-Week-Old

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Communicating with your child can be a challenge. How many times has she "asked" you something, only to cry in frustration when you failed to deliver whatever it was she wanted? Enter baby sign language.Most experts advise teaching baby... Read more

Your Life

It's time to get serious about getting back in shape. It's so easy to get distracted by the demands of a baby; after all, your baby still needs you for almost everything. But neglecting your own needs isn't good for anyone. If you're eating well... Read more

Moms Like Me

separation anxiety: I experience the same thing with Dave and Maya, especially when she's tired at the end of the day. When I go get her bath ready DH takes her for about 10 minutes. She cries when I leave the room. DH has learned to keep her busy... Read more

What Moms Are Talking About

I narrate my day to her (and sound a bit like a crazy person i guess! lol) but she pays attention and smiles as "mommy is going to pull alllllllll of your clothes out of the dryer now... then i am going to fold them and put them away..."... Read more

Your 32-Week-Old: Your Baby

Communicating with your child can be a challenge. How many times has she "asked" you something, only to cry in frustration when you failed to deliver whatever it was she wanted? Enter baby sign language.

Most experts advise teaching baby signs around six months of age, although any time is a good time to start. Babies don't always have the dexterity to reply until around ten months, but that’s OK. Start now with a few simple signs ("more," "milk"). Use them consistently. Your baby will soon understand the signs' meaning—and when she's ready, she'll sign back.

Meanwhile, let her use those chubby little fingers to feed herself! If you haven't already started finger foods, try offering your baby a thin slice of whole grain toast or half of a rice cake. Besides giving you a break from the spoon, turning feeding duties over to your child gives her a chance to practice eye-hand coordination while exploring the texture of a wide variety of foods. (Yes, that's fancy language for, "She’ll probably shred the toast.").

She might also figure out how to clap this week. Time to play some Pat-a-Cake! Babies this age are also fascinated by the concept of "in" and "out," so offer her some empty boxes and blocks. She'll have a ball putting the blocks in and then taking them out again! (Yep, that's fancy language for, "She'll dump them all over the floor!")

Your Life

It's time to get serious about getting back in shape. It's so easy to get distracted by the demands of a baby; after all, your baby still needs you for almost everything. But neglecting your own needs isn't good for anyone. If you're eating well and exercising, you're going to have more energy and a more positive outlook—traits that will definitely improve your mothering. (Not to mention your relationship with your partner!)

Start by eating right. Instead of just grabbing whatever happens to be handy, take some time to make a meal plan. It sounds old-fashioned, but trust us: planning your meals in advance will save you time, money and calories. Be realistic as you plan your meals. Don’t plan 5 gourmet meals in one week. If you're anything like most moms, you need food that's quick and easy. You'll also want to plan your meals around foods that you actually enjoy. Add some extra fruits and veggies and swap whole grains for refined carbs and you'll be eating better in no time.

Exercise is next. Start simple. A walk around the block with baby is better than no walk at all. If you can, aim for a walk (or run) morning and night; the minutes will add up. Try to build in some strength-training too. Building your muscles increases your metabolism, making it easier for you to lose the leftover baby weight.

Moms Like Me

separation anxiety: I experience the same thing with Dave and Maya, especially when she's tired at the end of the day. When I go get her bath ready DH takes her for about 10 minutes. She cries when I leave the room. DH has learned to keep her busy by making funny noises and getting down on the floor with her to play with her toys. —merrismom

What Moms Are Talking About

I narrate my day to her (and sound a bit like a crazy person i guess! lol) but she pays attention and smiles as "mommy is going to pull alllllllll of your clothes out of the dryer now... then i am going to fold them and put them away..." This "play" isn't the super fun kind of play, but once you see some reactions from her, it will be the most fun ever! —amytude713

What Moms Are Talking About

I narrate my day to her ( and sound a bit like a crazy person i guess! lol) but she pays attention and smiles as "mommy is going to pull alllllllll of your clothes out of the dryer now... then i am going to fold them and put them away..." This "play" isn't the super fun kind of play, but once you see some reactions from her, it will be the most fun ever! —amytude713   Read More

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