Your 33-Week-Old

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Believe it or not, your baby is now capable of sleeping 12 straight hours at night. Note: We said, "capable!" The problem is that all babies cycle through periods of deep and light sleep at night. When your little one wakes up, all... Read more

Your Life

How are you doing? No—how are you really doing? Most of us instinctively say, "fine" when someone asks, but that's not always the true answer.You may think that post-postpartum depression is something that strikes brand-new moms,... Read more

Moms Like Me

Nursing distraction: My nipple has gone is directions that I would never imagine it has! I was at a playdate today and my friend told me it looked like we were wrestling while I was nursing her! Sometimes if I give her a small toy to play with while... Read more

Your 33-Week-Old: Your Baby

Believe it or not, your baby is now capable of sleeping 12 straight hours at night. Note: We said, "capable!" The problem is that all babies cycle through periods of deep and light sleep at night. When your little one wakes up, all alone in a dark, quiet room, his first instinct is to call out to you. And if you go to him every time, he's got little reason to stop. See where this is going?

Some parents decide to let their babies cry-it-out; while other parents believe that responding to their children's cries increases trust. We're not going to tell you how to handle your baby's midnight calls for company, but we will tell you this: Your baby no longer needs middle-of-the-night nourishment.

You can help your baby feel more secure during the day by following a predictable routine. Know how your baby freaks out around strangers right now? Well, he feels the same way about new situations. That doesn't mean that every day has to be mind-numbingly the same; it just means that your baby derives a lot of comfort from knowing that story time always precedes naptime.

When he's awake, your baby is a regular explorer. His sense of curiosity informs almost everything he does. Hand him a spoon while he's in the high chair and he's likely to drop it. Hand him a rice cake and he's just as likely to crumble it as she is to eat it.

Your baby's not trying to be bad; he’s just trying to learn. Experimenting—with everything—helps your baby understand the world. Feed his natural curiosity with toys that encourage exploration. Place plastic cups and bowls of various sizes in the tub at bath time. Show your baby how to dump water from one cup to another. He may get frustrated, but he'll be intrigued.

A cardboard box is another cheap, classic toy. Little boxes (shoebox size and smaller) are great for stowing small items. Try placing a favorite toy inside, then closing the lid and asking him to help you "find" the toy. He may also enjoy loading the box and shaking it. Bigger boxes make great forts. Cut a rough door and let your little one explore to his heart's content.

Your Life

How are you doing? No—how are you really doing? Most of us instinctively say, "fine" when someone asks, but that's not always the true answer.

You may think that post-postpartum depression is something that strikes brand-new moms, but the truth is that post-partum depression can occur any time during your baby's first year of life. If you're feeling anxious, worried, depressed or overwhelmed, get some help. It's not easy to reach out—especially when you're feeling at your worst—but help is out there. With treatment, most moms feel better within in a month. And moms who delayed getting treatment invariably bemoan the fact that they waited so long. Motherhood doesn't have to be a long slog in the dark. Motherhood truly can be a joy (and mess!) filled experience.

Speaking of messes...what's your house look like right now? Any cupboard doors hanging open? Plastic containers on the floor? Toys everywhere?

It's very, very hard to keep a clean house when there's a baby on the move. Learning to live with the chaos is easier for some than others. If you absolutely must have a clutter-free space, designate some areas adults-only. Use baby gates and closed doors to confine your baby to other, more appropriate areas of the house. You can also try adjusting your attitude. (Note: If you have PPD, advice to "adjust your attitude" sounds awfully glib. You've tried that and it doesn't work. Call your healthcare provider right away.)

The raids on your cupboards are extremely typical for a baby of this age. Someday, the toys will be long gone. Today, your baby is smiling at you, inviting you to play.

Moms Like Me

Nursing distraction: My nipple has gone is directions that I would never imagine it has! I was at a playdate today and my friend told me it looked like we were wrestling while I was nursing her! Sometimes if I give her a small toy to play with while we are nursing that will keep her interested enough to stay in one place. —mom2bayandty

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I think its normal for them this age to skip naps because they are growing and experiencing new things each day they probably just don't want to miss out! —beautifulyear4mom2be   Read More

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