Your baby’s 45th week
You witness your little one’s physical growth each day as he outgrows clothes and displays new physical abilities. His cognitive abilities have been growing steadily during recent weeks as well. Expect that he’s now able to understand and respond to a one-step command. For instance, when he picks up an object you’d rather he not have, ask him to “Please bring that to Mommy (or Daddy).” Watch as he diligently shares his latest discovery. Of course, the mere fact that he can understand your request does not mean he’ll abide by it. Continue to set reasonable limits and teach him to live within them. Be careful to keep your requests simple and age-appropriate. Be assured that it is not unreasonable to expect him to start to learn and abide by family rules. Young children actually crave such structure and order in their lives. While your initial requests may be met with dramatic protest, soon he’ll learn his boundaries and will respect them.
Language skills continue to evolve as he beings to make more and more two syllable sounds. He may even learn another word or two. Don’t worry if he doesn’t seem to “talk” as much as friends his age. Each child develops at his or her own pace. Some children begin to talk months after many of their peers.