Your 39-Week-Old

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You can really see your baby's personality now, can't you? Some babies just go with the flow. Others are incredibly set in their routine and protest loudly at the slightest deviation. Some babies are easily distractible; others, not so much.While... Read more

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Thinking about another child? Some moms will call you crazy, but if you feel ready, go for it!Conceiving the second time around might be trickier than you think, though, especially if you're still breastfeeding. It's not uncommon for nursing moms... Read more

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Giving baby a bath: We would use the regular bathtub if that bathroom wasn't (still) in the middle of a remodel. We just use the shower. It's a good excuse for me to actually shower everyday!... Read more

Your 39-Week-Old: Your Baby

You can really see your baby's personality now, can't you? Some babies just go with the flow. Others are incredibly set in their routine and protest loudly at the slightest deviation. Some babies are easily distractible; others, not so much.

While you can't do much about your baby's personality, you can adapt your parenting to your baby. If you know that your baby is slow-to-warm-up, thrusting her into Great-Grandma's arms at the family reunion is probably not a good idea. And if you have an extremely persistent baby on your hands, don't expect to sneak away his favorite blankie without a fuss! (Trust us: He doesn't care that it's dirty.)

Babies this age love testing their newfound physical abilities—and they love playing with their parents. That's why interactive games like Pat-a-Cake, Itsy Bitsy Spider and This Little Piggy have been such hits for so many years! While you might get bored playing the same game over and over (and over!), think about it from your baby's point of view. He's learning about his body. He's learning language. He's learning rhythm. And he's learning sequence. Pretty sophisticated concepts for nine-month-old!

In the kitchen, your baby can finally try beef, pork and chicken. Some parents prefer to start with jarred baby food. Others serve a portion of whatever they're having for dinner. If the meat is incredibly tender, you can scrape off a few stands with your fork and give them directly to your baby; cooked ground beef is also a baby-friendly food. Another option is to puree the meat with a little water or breastmilk in a blender or baby food mill. Your baby might be surprised by the unusual taste and texture, but give her time. Research has shown that children often require multiple exposures to a food before accepting it.

Hold off on the cow's milk, eggs, nuts and honey for now. Honey can contain microscopic botulism spores; the spores don't cause problems for adults and older children but are a serious health threat for babies with immature immune systems. And cow's milk, eggs and nuts are particularly allergenic foods, so most experts advise waiting until a baby is a year or older before offering any of these foods.

Your Life

Thinking about another child? Some moms will call you crazy, but if you feel ready, go for it!

Conceiving the second time around might be trickier than you think, though, especially if you're still breastfeeding. It's not uncommon for nursing moms to go months without having a period. There's nothing you can do to hurry the return of your menstrual cycle, so it's best to just sit tight. Note: it is possible to conceive before the return of your period, so if you're not trying to get pregnant, make sure you use a reliable form of birth control each and every time.

If you're ready to conceive, visit your OB/GYN for a check-up, ditch the birth control and have fun!

Moms Like Me

Giving baby a bath: We would use the regular bathtub if that bathroom wasn't (still) in the middle of a remodel. We just use the shower. It's a good excuse for me to actually shower everyday! —averyjoysmommy

What Moms Are Talking About

We've been having the same problem, too! He's started fighting after nearly a month of going down so easily (now the night waking is a different story). He's also fighting his naps, and most days only gets one now (which means he's a tired mess by bed time, sigh). —denisewaukee Read More

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