Your 42-Week-Old

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One of your baby's favorite playmates is…his reflection! Ten-month-old babies love watching themselves in a mirror. If you have a full-length mirror in the house, show your baby his reflection, then put him down a couple feet away from the... Read more

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Mom relationships can be tricky.  At times, attending a playgroup or baby gym class can feel like junior high all over again.  There are the popular moms, the outsider moms…and you.Don't let the groups intimidate you.  This... Read more

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Sensitive skin/eczema: When Rhiannon gets a flare up i use 1% hydrocortisone the one I get also has aloe in it. At bath time I put a little baking soda in her bath and that seems to help too. We have some pretty bad ezcema issues in our house so we... Read more

Your 42-Week-Old: Your Baby

One of your baby's favorite playmates is…his reflection! Ten-month-old babies love watching themselves in a mirror. If you have a full-length mirror in the house, show your baby his reflection, then put him down a couple feet away from the mirror. You'll have fun watching him "discover" the baby in the mirror, and he'll be fascinated by the baby grinning back. Real babies probably fascinate him too. Ten-month-olds enjoy the company of other children, so this may be a good time to investigate local playgroups. Just don't expect your child to actively play with the other children. At this age, kids are more interested in exploring new toys and surroundings; real cooperative play doesn't come 'til later. Now, you're more likely to see your baby playing in the vicinity of another baby. If the two interact at all, it might be because both want the same toy. Your baby is still young, but go ahead and teach the basics of sharing. If two babies want the same toy, try offering them similar toys. Or distract your child with a new toy to encourage him to give up the desired toy. You can also show the children how to take turns. Don't worry if the lesson doesn't seem to stick. Sharing is tough, and you'll be working on these skills over and over in the years to come. Physically, your baby can now sit with confidence and stand with support. He may even let go of the couch for a few seconds and stand, all by himself! He's also able to use a sippy cup, so if you haven't yet introduced the cup, it might be time to give it a whirl. When he's got the hang of it, try substituting the cup for a bottlefeeding. Go slowly—you want to make sure your baby is still getting proper nutrition—but be persistent. Most pediatricians advise no bottles after the age of one. Categorizing is big for your baby right now. Whether he's sorting his peas from his noodles at lunchtime or learning about animals, your baby is busy creating mental categories for everything, sorting objects by action and appearance. If you think about, that's a HUGE mental leap! Because your baby now has a category labeled, "animals" in his head, he can infer that strange animals (like a hippopotamus) move, eat and make noise, just like your cat. Amazing, huh?

Your Life

Mom relationships can be tricky.  At times, attending a playgroup or baby gym class can feel like junior high all over again.  There are the popular moms, the outsider moms…and you.

Don't let the groups intimidate you.  This isn't junior high and you're not a pimply, hormonal teenager; you're a hormonal (and possibly pimply) mom!  Just be yourself.  (We know:  Your Mom told you that in junior high and it didn't work out so well.  But the adult world is different.  We promise.) 

Greet the other moms and make some small talk.  Babies are wonderful icebreakers!  A simple, "How old is your baby?" can open the door to hours of conversation.  Don't get caught up in comparisons, though.  Remember that every baby—and every family—is different.  Not all babies walk by ten months and not all moms need or want to prepare a gourmet dinner from scratch every night.  You're doing what's best for your family and that's all that matters. 

If you truly feel uncomfortable around a certain group, excuse yourself.  It may take some time and experimentation to find a playgroup or class that’s a good fit for you and your baby, but the effort is worth it. 
 

Moms Like Me

Sensitive skin/eczema: When Rhiannon gets a flare up i use 1% hydrocortisone the one I get also has aloe in it. At bath time I put a little baking soda in her bath and that seems to help too. We have some pretty bad ezcema issues in our house so we don't use regular laundry soap either instead I make ours. It's 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax and 2 cups (1 standard bar) of ivory soap or soap of your choice finely shredded with a cheese grater. To wash clothes you use 2 level tablespoons per load. With the baking soda I don't need fabric softener. The change in laundry soap has been the biggest help to our household we used to use all free and clear and still had tons of flare ups even with that. —cherri_blossom

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