Your 40-Week-Old

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Your Baby

Your baby has grown tremendously in the past few months—and that growth has been fueled by a near-insatiable hunger. As she nears the end of her first year, though, you may notice a decrease in appetite. Don't worry. She's growing more slowly... Read more

Your Life

Have you started disciplining your baby? Bet you have. Every time you redirect your child, remove her from an unsafe object or say "no" when she reaches for a desirable-but-forbidden tech toy, you're teaching her discipline. Discipline... Read more

Moms Like Me

I know when I start to feel down about my looks(because I look NOTHING like i use to) i have to remind myself that It isnt something that can be 100% fixed over night, but instead i can do little things at a time to help me feel better. Like buying... Read more

Your 40-Week-Old: Your Baby

Your baby has grown tremendously in the past few months—and that growth has been fueled by a near-insatiable hunger. As she nears the end of her first year, though, you may notice a decrease in appetite. Don't worry. She's growing more slowly now and doesn't need to eat nearly as much (or as often) anymore. Think about it: most babies triple their birth weight by the time they're a year old. If humans continued to grow at that pace, we'd all be giants before we're five!

Let your baby's appetite dictate how much she eats Babies possess an incredible ability to stop eating when they're full. Pushing your child to eat more after she's done effectively teaches her to ignore her internal cues. (And don't you wish you still knew enough to stop eating when you're full?) If she turns her head away or starts throwing food on the floor, she's done.

Your baby is making physical advances every day, so make sure she has plenty of time to play and explore. All of that crawling, reaching, stretching and standing builds her muscles and increases her coordination, getting her ready for her coup de grace: her first steps. Some babies walk as early as ten months, but most wait until they're at least a year. Still, you might want to keep the camera charged, just in case!

Your baby's language skills are blossoming as well. Her streams of babble may begin to sound a little like sentences around about now. Take that as your cue to cut the baby talk. Ten-month-old babies learn by imitation, and that holds true for language as well. Now, when your baby says, "Ugh! Ugh!" and holds her arms up to you, say, "Up? You want to go up?" and pick her up.

Your Life

Have you started disciplining your baby? Bet you have. Every time you redirect your child, remove her from an unsafe object or say "no" when she reaches for a desirable-but-forbidden tech toy, you're teaching her discipline. Discipline is simply modeling and reinforcing proper behavior. Your baby is far too young to obey your every command—heck, she's still learning the language! But she watches everything you do, and if she sees you treating people and animals with respect, she'll learn to treat others with respect. If she sees you kicking stray dogs, well, she'll probably try to kick your mom's dog the next time she visits. Unfortunately, it takes awhile for lessons to sink in, so don't expect your baby to keep her hands off the TV simply because you told her "no" once or twice. You'll have to say no—and remove her from the TV—many times before she learns that it's not OK to stand in front of the screen. Reacting in a consistent, calm manner is key. Remove her every time she approaches the TV; if you let her bang on the screen sometimes but yell at her other times, she'll become confused. And if you lose it instead of calmly redirecting her, she might continue to touch the TV, just to see the funny faces you make.

Moms Like Me

I know when I start to feel down about my looks(because I look NOTHING like i use to) i have to remind myself that It isnt something that can be 100% fixed over night, but instead i can do little things at a time to help me feel better. Like buying and trying a new brand of makeup because you skin changes at different times of the year, going to the salon and getting a new color and hair style or buying a home dye kit and doing it yourself. try getting a time for just you to go to a department store to look for some new clothes, but dont go expecting to find something right away. I have found that trying on clothes that i normally wouldn't turn out to look really nice on me, so try looking at styles that you normally don't wear. —Read More

What Moms Are Talking About

My mother-in-law has a big kitchen with lots of floor space and 5 grandkids. She started with Hanna when she was a baby and has kept this up since then. There is ONE drawer in her kitchen that is just full of plastic stuff that she doesn't use. Plastic spoons, tupperware cups, bowls, you name it, it's all that softer type plastic, and the kids have all learned that it is their drawer. She has a toybox with all manner of kids toys in it, too, but where do you think they spend all their time ;) —mousekakat    Read More

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