Your baby’s 43rd week
You’ll notice that your little one responds best when she’s kept to a fairly regular schedule. Sleeping, eating and playing at relatively the same time each day will help her learn to anticipate coming events and prepare herself accordingly. Such schedules may also help alleviate such potential future problems as night terrors.
After witnessing her amazing growth, you may be tempted to move her into a larger, forward-facing car seat, so you can better enjoy her company in the car. While this may seem harmless, experts advise that she’s not yet strong enough to be placed in that position. Her neck and spine are still immature and will be best protected by a rear-facing seat. While you should move her to a larger model if she’s outgrown her infant seat, be sure to choose a convertible seat that will accommodate both rear and forward facing positions. Many of these seats can be used from birth to approximately 40 pounds. Current safety guidelines state that children should be kept in the rear-facing position until they are both 20 pounds in weight and one year old. In fact, some states are enacting legislation to make it illegal to transport a child in a forward facing position until she is over a year old. Although it may be tempting to turn her seat sooner, rest assured that by leaving her looking out the rear window for a few more weeks, you’re doing your very best to protect her from harm.
When it’s time to unwind, you’ll notice how she’ll enjoy cuddling on your lap while you read a book or two. Watch her now as she begins to take an interest in the pages. Colors captivate. Familiar sounds intrigue. She may have enjoyed story time in the past, but as the next few weeks and months unfold, she’ll take on a new appreciation for this daily ritual. Remember, the more sounds she hears, the more easily she’ll develop her own spoken vocabulary. Take time out each day for this wonderfully educational ritual.