Your 43-Week-Old

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Your baby isn't such a baby anymore! Now, when you get her dressed in the morning, she might offer up her arms, independently. What a change from her floppy newborn days, eh? Many babies can now identify their arms, legs, heads and bellies too. ... Read more

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Does having it all make life harder?  Women today grow up believing that anything is possible—that the career, the man and the baby are all in reach.  But as any mother will tell you, it's hard to have it all.74% of women do not... Read more

Moms Like Me

I know some love the infant seats, but I'm not a big fan once they are not tiny little newborns anymore. The seat is to heavy and awkward for me and can bother my back. When we make the switch, my other son (2 years) will need a new car seat and... Read more

Your 43-Week-Old: Your Baby

Your baby isn't such a baby anymore! Now, when you get her dressed in the morning, she might offer up her arms, independently. What a change from her floppy newborn days, eh? Many babies can now identify their arms, legs, heads and bellies too. If your baby doesn't, it's no big deal—just make sure you name her body parts when you're giving her a bath and getting her dressed. She'll have 'em down in no time at all! As big as she is, though, your baby needs to use her rear-facing car seat for a couple more months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until your child is 20 pounds and one year of age before switching her to a forward-facing car seat. That's because infants' spines are still relatively immature. The rear-facing position protects the spine; in case of a crash, your baby's head and body move as one. If your baby were in a forward-facing car seat, the stress of the crash could cause severe injury to her neck and spinal cord. If your child has outgrown her infant car seat, invest in a convertible car seat that can be used in the rear-facing position. (Later, you can turn it around and use it as a forward-facing car seat.) Double check to make sure the seat is a good fit for your child and your car; some models work better in certain vehicles than others. After installing the seat, get it checked by a pro. Your local police department or auto dealer can give you more information about local car seat clinics. Separation anxiety is still an issue, but you can take comfort in the fact that the heart-wrenching wails really do stop a couple minutes after you close the door. Which seems crazy, right? Your baby cries and cries for you—but then is perfectly happy with someone else? In reality, your babies conflicting reactions are a result of your great parenting. She cries because she knows just how important you are. But because you've taken such great care of her, she trusts that any adult—even the daycare provider she couldn't stand a couple minutes ago—will look after her. Way to go, Mom!

Your Life

Does having it all make life harder?  Women today grow up believing that anything is possible—that the career, the man and the baby are all in reach.  But as any mother will tell you, it's hard to have it all.

74% of women do not believe that mothers today have an easier life than mothers of previous generations, despite an increased focus on work-life balance.  Modern technology might offer more opportunities than ever before to stay in touch, but moms today report feeling more demands than ever before.  Work no longer ends at 5 pm; thanks to the Internet and smart phones, it's becoming increasingly difficult to leave work at the office.  It's also no longer enough to simply care for your child; you must nurture your child to her full potential instead.  No wonder moms are eternally exhausted!

Break the cycle by giving yourself permission to be less than perfect.  You can’t have it all—at once.  Focus on one or two things right now and let the rest slide.  If you choose to focus of your career and your child, don't worry about the dust in your house.  Hire someone else to do it, ask your spouse for help or simply dust less often.  Real moms have real limits. 

 

Moms Like Me

I know some love the infant seats, but I'm not a big fan once they are not tiny little newborns anymore. The seat is to heavy and awkward for me and can bother my back. When we make the switch, my other son (2 years) will need a new car seat and PK will get his Britax Roundabout. Our roundabout was bought a couple years ago and is smaller than the newer ones. While it doens't have the weight/ht limit some do, it's the only one that fits RF in our little cars. I too am trying to figure out how we'll do shopping once PK is sitting the cart and not the carseat with a baby and 2 year old. —christmasmamma

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