Your 9-Week-Old

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Your Baby

For two months, your baby has been wiggling, squirming and stretching. Now, he's ready to take a step forward. Not literally—his first step won't come for another eight months or so—but he's definitely preparing for the day. This week,... Read more

Your Life

Ever notice how some days seem to last forever, while others are over all too soon? Your baby's first weeks might have seemed like a never-ending cycle of cry-feed-sleep-change, but the reality is that your baby's newborn days are... Read more

Moms Like Me

Cradle Cap: I had this issue with my son for quite some time. I found it effective to use his soft baby brush in the bath when I was washing his hair. The brush seemed to loosen the scales and his head looked much better after.... Read more

Your 9-Week-Old: Your Baby

For two months, your baby has been wiggling, squirming and stretching. Now, he's ready to take a step forward. Not literally—his first step won't come for another eight months or so—but he's definitely preparing for the day. This week, try holding your baby in a standing position and watch him support his weight. His legs will probably tire out after a minute or so, but he's definitely getting stronger.

Baby is also gaining core strength. When you lay him on his tummy he'll lift his arms and legs off the floor, a la Superman. That's his way of strengthening his back and neck. And when he's on his back and kicking his legs in the air, he's making his tummy stronger. One of these days, he'll surprise himself (and you!) by rolling all the way over.

Since there's no way of predicting when, exactly, your baby will roll over, you need to be prepared now. Gone are the days of laying your baby on your bed while you walk over to the dresser to put away folded laundry. From now on, either lay your baby in a safe place on the floor (surrounded by a few toys to amuse him), or put him in an infant seat.

Nine-week-old babies are beginning to really assert themselves with their communication skills. So, if you hear increasingly frantic coos as your little one plays on the floor, that's her way of saying she's frustrated and ready for some Mommy time.

Your Life

Ever notice how some days seem to last forever, while others are over all too soon? Your baby's first weeks might have seemed like a never-ending cycle of cry-feed-sleep-change, but the reality is that your baby's newborn days are over—already! And while you might think you'll remember all the precious details of these first months—from the way he gripped your thumb to the way he smiled at you with milk dripping down his chin—memories have a way of fading (especially for sleep-deprived moms). Capture these moments while you still have a chance.

A scrapbook is a great way to recreate the early days of your baby's life. Scrapbooking—especially with friends—is also a good way to recharge and take some much-needed and deserved time off. If you feel guilty about taking time for yourself, remember: you can't take good care of your baby unless you take care of yourself. If you continually give with no break, you'll burn out.

Another issue that can bring up feelings of guilt: bottlefeeding instead of breastfeeding. You'll hear "breast is best" a lot, and while that's technically true, the real truth is that you need to do what works for your family. If breastfeeding is not a good choice for you, or if you tried it and it didn't work out, supplementing with formula or exclusively feeding formula is a perfectly acceptable option.

Moms Like Me

Cradle Cap: I had this issue with my son for quite some time. I found it effective to use his soft baby brush in the bath when I was washing his hair. The brush seemed to loosen the scales and his head looked much better after. —cmkristy

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I wish someone would have told me that it's OK to ask for help. There were days when I would lose sleep over the work that needed to be done around the house. So NOT important! —girl_1_der Read More

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