Baby's 2nd month

Your baby's eighth week

Your little one may enjoy simply gazing at your face. Stay nearby, return her glances and make funny faces for her to study. She'll probably attempt to mimic your expressions.

The discovery of her hands and emerging muscle control will enable her thumb to find its way to her mouth on a regular basis. Acknowledge her need to suck and allow her to engage in this self-soothing behavior. Experts agree that thumb sucking at this age will not lead to long term dental problems.

Turn down the music this week and listen as your little one discovers her voice. She's learned how to cry to capture your attention. Now she'll delight in making new interesting noises. Cooing, squeaking and soft throaty sounds will lead her repertoire.

Be mindful of your moods. Your tiny baby is able to understand more than you may expect. She'll quickly recognize your moods and will respond when you are upset. Try to limit the stress in your life and watch her relax right along with you.

Next: Find out what to expect during your baby's ninth week of life

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