Your 44-Week-Old

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Babies love animals, but animals don't always love babies—especially when the baby constantly chases the animal or pulls on its tail.  No matter how kind, patient or loving your family pet is, keep a close eye on both human and animal... Read more

Your Life

Speaking of the dentist, when's the last time you had your teeth checked? Women suffer more cavities than men, and some experts believe that the hormones of pregnancy may be partially to blame. If you haven't seen the dentist in awhile, call and... Read more

Moms Like Me

Making sure the older one knows it's her 'responsibility' to take care of the younger one. (although not so much to make her resentful, of course) Give her special Big Sister things to do that her little sibling can't do. "She's so lucky to... Read more

Your 44-Week-Old: Your Baby

Babies love animals, but animals don't always love babies—especially when the baby constantly chases the animal or pulls on its tail.  No matter how kind, patient or loving your family pet is, keep a close eye on both human and animal right now.  Your baby doesn't understand how to be gentle yet, and your pet, if threatened, may react in uncharacteristic ways.  For now, closely supervise any pet playtime. 

Some babies begin to exhibit a fear of water around now.  Other babies cringe when they see grass.  (Really! Some kids just can't stand the feel of grass against their skin.)  While your baby's peculiarities can seem pretty unusual to you, rest assured that your baby is not the first to fear water...or grass...or tigers...or whatever.  For now, respect your baby's boundaries.  If he truly panics when he sees grass, there's no reason to plop him down in the grass for a picnic.  Of course, there's no reason to seclude him in the house, either.  Just calmly go about your day-to-day life, explaining and labeling as you go.  ("Do you see that?  Yes, that's grass!  Grass can feel a little prickly sometimes.")  In time, he may forget what the fuss was all about. 

Physically, your little one is getting ready to "cruise" around furniture.  Keep your video camera charged, because those precious first steps could come any day now!

While you're waiting, brush up on your first aid skills.  A couple bumps and bruises are the inevitable side effect of your baby's increased mobility.  Usually, your baby will require nothing more than a word of reassurance and, maybe, a quick peck on the cheek.  Rarely, though, a baby will chip a tooth or crack his head open on the edge of a table.  Would you know how to respond?

Whatever you do, don't freak out!  Babies pick up your emotions, so if you're calm, your baby is more likely to stay calm as well.  Comfort your baby, then check his injuries.  If he has a bleeding wound, use a clean cloth to apply pressure; the bleeding should stop in a few minutes.  Then, clean the wound with warm water.  It might be a lot smaller than you initially suspected; head wounds are notorious for bleeding profusely.  If the cut is relatively small, apply some antibiotic ointment and a bandage.  If the cut is deep or long—deeper than a quarter inch or longer than a half inch—head to your local ER.  Your baby might need some stitches. 

Chipped teeth are generally not a cause for concern, but contact your dentist anyway.  He or she may want to file down any sharp edges.
 

Your Life

Speaking of the dentist, when's the last time you had your teeth checked? Women suffer more cavities than men, and some experts believe that the hormones of pregnancy may be partially to blame. If you haven't seen the dentist in awhile, call and schedule a check-up. He'll probably want to obtain a full set of dental x-rays, especially if you skipped them while pregnant. You'll also receive a thorough cleaning and, probably, a fluoride treatment. Getting your teeth in great shape now is a particularly good idea if another pregnancy is in your future. Did you know that gum disease may cause preterm labor? Most moms are on-the-ball when it comes to scheduling their babies' doctor and dental appointments, but somewhat lax when it comes to their own health. Neglecting your own health needs, though, is a bad idea. So schedule that appointment—and while you're at it, pencil in another one six months from now.

Moms Like Me

Making sure the older one knows it's her 'responsibility' to take care of the younger one. (although not so much to make her resentful, of course) Give her special Big Sister things to do that her little sibling can't do. "She's so lucky to have you around! You can teach her how to get dressed/read/get her a snack" Also have special one-on-one time with her (I know, obvious and also hard to do some times). Make sure she knows it's special one-on-one time. "I just love spending time with JUST you. It's nice doing things just the 2 of us sometimes!" — cheekygremlin

What Moms Are Talking About

My kiddo is starting to get past this a bit and I miss it! I never thought I would say that! He's now super attached to his Dad, which is great, but it does kind of hurt my feelings when he sits by the bathroom door crying because his Dad is taking a shower while I'm sitting right next to him trying to comfort and play with him. What am I, chopped liver?! —jackson-in-the-box    Read More

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