Your 36-Week-Old

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Has your baby spoken his first words yet? If not, he may soon. Most babies say Mama or Dada first (which, co-incidentally, sound a lot like the babble of a typical babe.) Don't be surprised, though, if your little one opts for something unique,... Read more

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Routines are good for moms and dads too. Babies up the workload by about a thousand; having a daily, weekly and monthly routine can help you stay on top of all that needs to be done.Begin by jotting down daily tasks, like making the bed, working... Read more

Moms Like Me

When she has a cold, is if I have a really hot shower, I sit her in her bumbo in the bathroom so she can breathe the steam. It seems to help her congestion. You can also try raising the crib a few inches at the head end to help mucus drain away more... Read more

Your 36-Week-Old: Your Baby

Has your baby spoken his first words yet? If not, he may soon. Most babies say Mama or Dada first (which, co-incidentally, sound a lot like the babble of a typical babe.) Don't be surprised, though, if your little one opts for something unique, like "uck!" ("truck"). By nine months of age, babies' true personalities are beginning to shine, and some babies love trucks more than anything in the world.

Your baby's first words won't sound much like real speech. Initially, you'll notice him making the same sound for the same object. ("Uck! Uck!" every time he sees a truck, for instance.) Over time, as you reinforce the proper word for the desired object ("Yes, that's a truck!"), he'll add on the other sounds. By the time he's three, you won’t be able to shut him up!

Your baby's budding speech is an outward reflection of his growing cognitive ability. He can now create mental images of words; now, when you say "truck," he forms a picture of a truck in his mind. He's also beginning to understand cause-and-effect. You can use that understanding to craft simple, predictable routines for your baby. A consistent bedtime routine of bath-book-bedtime helps your baby know what to expect. He learns that bath time is a precursor to bedtime and that baths are followed by snuggle time. Believe it or not, babies thrive on predictability!

One word of caution: Keep the routine simple. The last thing you want or need is an elaborate, 14-step ritual that must be followed precisely before your baby goes to sleep.

Your Life

Routines are good for moms and dads too. Babies up the workload by about a thousand; having a daily, weekly and monthly routine can help you stay on top of all that needs to be done.

Begin by jotting down daily tasks, like making the bed, working and cooking supper. Add in things you want to do—exercise, for instance—but somehow always neglect. Then, get creative. Can you slip in some exercise after your shower? Fifteen minutes of strength training is better than none. You can also try combining activities. If you're lucky enough to live close to work, why don't you try walking? Or, plan an evening stroll with your infant.

Weekly and monthly routines are great for every-so-often tasks like changing the furnace filter and grocery shopping. Be sure to build in some "me time." Give yourself an evening a week (or even a half hour) to pursue a hobby. Plan a date night with your partner. And schedule some time for sex.

Of course, with a baby in the house, things can change at a moment's notice, so stay flexible!

Moms Like Me

When she has a cold, is if I have a really hot shower, I sit her in her bumbo in the bathroom so she can breathe the steam. It seems to help her congestion. You can also try raising the crib a few inches at the head end to help mucus drain away more easily. HTH! And I hope your LO feels better soon. —stormflowers

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