Your baby’s tenth week
A few weeks ago your little one discovered her hands. She probably learned how to suck her thumb for self-comfort and spent a great deal of playtime with her little arms flailing about. Now you’ll witness her reaching for specific objects. While she may not have the hand-eye coordination to aim correctly on the first attempt, you’ll quickly discover which items she wants to touch. Chances are she’ll continue to play with her own hands frequently, directly in front of her face. Or, she may enjoy those rattles for longer periods of time. Watch out! When in reach, you’ll discover little hands grabbing your hair and clothing.
She is now able to track an object with her eyes from one side to a midline (directly in front of her face). She may even continue following it all the way to the other side -- a full 180 degrees.
When your arms need a short break, or when your baby needs a little down time, try placing your little one in a semi-reclined sitting position. Many infant seats, bouncer chairs (some with a soothing vibrating motion) and infant swings are available. She’s now strong enough to sit in this semi-reclined position, especially when propped with a small pillow or rolled receiving blanket. Be certain these objects are not placed near her head where she can turn his face into them. While her neck and back have grown significantly stronger in the past few weeks, you may notice her head is still a bit wobbly. Keep her comfortable, by providing support as needed.