Your 48-Week-Old

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Your Baby

Your baby is a custom-made, 100% original – even if he happens to be a triplet!  That means that your baby is going to do things in his own way, on his own time.  Your baby might be perfectly content to sit on the floor, playing with... Read more

Your Life

Are the TV and computer on all the time at your house?  If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.  Modern technology is great – who doesn’t love the ability to text the sitter when you’re running late? – but the... Read more

Moms Like Me

Eve has 5 teeth and i brush them after she eats, every time she eats. I guess that may be a bit much but I have always been a bit of a brush-aholic when it comes to teeth. :) I use one of the rubber finger covers and it has little bristles on it for... Read more

Your 48-Week-Old: Your Baby

Your baby is a custom-made, 100% original – even if he happens to be a triplet!  That means that your baby is going to do things in his own way, on his own time.  Your baby might be perfectly content to sit on the floor, playing with toys.  He might have little to no interest in pulling up.  That’s OK.  Some babies are more physical, more daring.  Others prefer to watch the action and learn from the example of others. 

Don’t worry if your baby is “behind.”  The ages listed for various developmental milestones represent the timeframe when most babies achieve those particular skills.  There will always be some babies – some perfectly fine babies – who fall outside of the norm. 

Besides, it’s not uncommon for babies to focus on one area of development at a time.  If your baby isn’t standing yet, there’s a good chance that he’s talking4 more than your neighbor’s baby, the one who’s already walking5.  It’s almost as if babies have only so much attention; when they focus on one skill, others lag temporarily.  That’s also why some babies appear to “forget” a skill.  If your baby has recently stopped waving – after waving at everyone from the mailman to the preacher last month – it’s probably because she’s moved on to another skill.  In time, the waving will return. 

But what if you really think something is wrong?  If your gut is telling you something just isn’t right, call your doctor.  Parents’ intuition is often right on!  You should also consult your doctor if your child isn’t vocalizing, interacting or moving independently.

A few short months ago, your baby used his mouth to explore everything.  Now, he’s much more likely to use his hands.  Before, he crammed everything in his mouth, testing it for size, texture and shape.  Now he can hold and manipulate objects – and discover valuable info about an object’s size, shape, weight, texture and intended usage.  He can even toss or throw the object to see how it moves through space.   Of course, that doesn’t mean that your baby will never chew on anything again.  Many kids eat dirt well into their third year! 
 

Your Life

Are the TV and computer on all the time at your house?  If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.  Modern technology is great – who doesn’t love the ability to text the sitter when you’re running late? – but the downside is that it’s become harder and harder for families to unplug.

It’s time to think long and hard about media usage, though, because your baby is watching you ALL.  THE.  TIME.  Think about it:  If your baby sees you constantly on the phone, at the computer or in front of the TV, he’s going to conclude that’s what grown-ups do.  And because he wants your attention, there’s a good chance he’s going to sidle up beside you and insist on watching as well.  But besides the fact that most of your shows (The Bachelor?) are aimed firmly at adults, screen time, in general, is not a healthy thing for young babies.  (If you’re truthful, you’ll probably admit it’s not best for you, either.)

If you want your baby to live a healthy, active lifestyle, you have to live a healthy and active life.  So get out there!  Leave the screen dark after supper and head out for a walk.  Silence your cell phone and play at the park.  Invite another family over for brunch this weekend and linger over coffee.  You – and your baby – will benefit. 
 

Moms Like Me

Eve has 5 teeth and i brush them after she eats, every time she eats. I guess that may be a bit much but I have always been a bit of a brush-aholic when it comes to teeth. :) I use one of the rubber finger covers and it has little bristles on it for scrubbing with. I dont always put toothpaste on it but before bed I do use the "giggles and grins Infants Tooth & Gum Cleanser". Its safe to swallow and has no fluoride in it. I also will not give eve any juice just because of how bad it is for teeth... but I know I'm a tad bit extreme. I grew up in a home, though, where my parents could not afford dental insurance or to bring us to the dentist so they were CRAZY about us brushing and I guess it has rubbed off on me. I still have never had a cavity in my life... so I guess it has paid off! :)  -bessiegirl2008
 

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My DH is ready for another baby. I'M SO NOT! We have so much on our plates I don't think adding a baby will help! I'm so confused because I love my baby and I want to be a mom again I just don't want to do it now!  I just feel like I want to be in a better space before having another child and he can't understand that! I try to explain to him that things don't just work out, I fix them, he just doesn't have to deal with it because I take care of it! This issue is causing a rift between us! I'm so over him today!  - pgr_923_2006    Read More

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