Your 46-Week-Old

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Feeding time is probably getting a little messy. Most eleven-month-old babies are can-do types; faced with a spoon, they'll grab hold rather than meekly open their mouths. So hand it over, Mom! While it can be hard to relinquish control, learning... Read more

Your Life

Your body has changed drastically in the last year and a half. And whether or not you've lost the baby weight, the simple truth is that your body will never be the same again. Some moms mourn the loss of their pre-pregnancy bodies. Others... Read more

Moms Like Me

What you can do is almost like a time out. Say "no hitting" or "we don't hit" and walk away (if that's safe) or turn your back and ignore her for a little while. It sounds harsh, but she needs to learn. There is NOTHING wrong... Read more

Your 46-Week-Old: Your Baby

Feeding time is probably getting a little messy. Most eleven-month-old babies are can-do types; faced with a spoon, they'll grab hold rather than meekly open their mouths. So hand it over, Mom! While it can be hard to relinquish control, learning to use utensils is an important skill your baby will have to master. Just don't expect perfection for a long, long time! It's going to be years before your child can eat without making a mess, so be prepared. Lay a drop cloth beneath the high chair to catch any spills. Use long, thick bibs to protect your baby's clothes—or strip him down to his diaper before suppertime. (Plan to head upstairs for a quick bath afterward.) Keep a wet sponge or washcloth nearby to mop up spills, but don't be fanatic about it. Your baby needs freedom to figure things out on his own. If you haven't been reading to your child regularly, break out the books! Colorful pictures fascinate eleven-month-old babies—and they love the sound of your voice. Choose sturdy board books; as you know, your baby likes to chew, tear and explore everything in his path. Interactive books that incorporate sound or touch-and-feel pages, such as Pat the Bunny, will really capture the interest of your baby, who's busy learning about cause and effect. Try tucking a couple books in the corner of his crib at night. He may surprise you by quietly looking at a book for a few minutes in the morning! (Anything for a couple extra minutes of sleep, right?) Of course, your baby may be too busy moving to settle down with a book. Babies who have just learned to stand often refuse to sit. So indulge your baby. Lay a couple books on the couch or coffee table and see what happens. Just don't leave the daily newspaper lying around—unless you want it shredded.

Your Life

Your body has changed drastically in the last year and a half. And whether or not you've lost the baby weight, the simple truth is that your body will never be the same again. Some moms mourn the loss of their pre-pregnancy bodies. Others celebrate every stretch mark as physical evidence of their bodies' incredible life-giving abilities. Most moms are somewhere in the middle. They wouldn't trade their babies for anything—but sometimes wish they could wear a cute bikini. Your value, though, goes far beyond your appearance. You're a caring, loving, intelligent woman. Those characteristics matter far more than your dress size. And while there's nothing wrong with wanting to be fit and healthy, trying to obtain some unreachable standard of beauty will only make you crazy. Instead, concentrate on being the best you can be.

Moms Like Me

What you can do is almost like a time out. Say "no hitting" or "we don't hit" and walk away (if that's safe) or turn your back and ignore her for a little while. It sounds harsh, but she needs to learn. There is NOTHING wrong with you, kids just do it! I couldn't believe when my daughter did since we had never hit her, or anything in front of her, ever. —eddwest

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There are so many things that Dom does that I believe are so cute! My two favorites are high five & touchdown (he puts his arms straight up like goal posts every time i say it). LOL just thinking about it! —mom2dom309 Read More

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