Your baby’s eleventh week
Your enterprising youngster is well on her way to mastering the concept of cause and effect. She’s already learned that her cries evoke a response from you and other caregivers. She’ll now begin to vary her cry to signal different needs. You’ll soon learn the difference between, “I’m hungry,” “I’m wet,” and “Someone pick me up, please.” Continue going to her before she begins crying whenever possible. You’ll continue to notice non-verbal cues that indicate hunger or discomfort. While she’ll cry sometimes, regardless of your actions, you can help her learn that she needn’t cry each time she needs your attention.
Your baby is also learning that she can physically effect her environment. She’ll discover that when she swipes at her mobile it moves! And, when she shakes her rattle, it makes noise!
Expect her to make noise as well. Her coos, squeals and throaty sounds will appear more frequently. She’ll begin using these happy sounds as she plays or socializes. Her smiles will become truly spontaneous. You’ll no longer have to work so hard to find one. You may even be surprised by her first wonderfully happy laugh.