Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Updates This Week

I got this updates from baby center email for my baby at 5-month-old: Week 2. So, thought of sharing it here since I have few new mom friends online who just gave birth recently. You can also visit babycenter and sign up to get weekly update of your baby's growth and milestones.

Care & Feeding:

Night feedings

Sometime between 4 and 6 months, most babies become physically able to make it through five or six hours at night without a snack. (That doesn't mean your baby is ready to night wean, however. That timing varies considerably.) If you and your baby are ready to drop night feedings, here are some good ways to start the process.

Take it slowly and gradually. Start by giving your baby less time on each breast or a smaller amount of formula or breast milk in her bottle at each night feeding. Try to prolong the intervals between feedings by patting and comforting your baby and gently urging her to go back to sleep.

Offer your child extra feedings before bed. This way, she'll be less likely to wake up hungry in the middle of the night. You may even want to wake her for a final feeding (for instance, at 10 p.m.) before you go to bed yourself.

If possible, have your partner comfort your baby when she cries during the night. Babies often come to expect food from Mom, and if you're nursing, the smell of your breast milk may make your baby want to eat. Your partner may have better luck soothing your baby back to sleep without a feeding.


Q: When and how do babies master a spoon?

A: Learning to hold and manipulate a spoon is a fine motor skill that your baby develops gradually, along with mastering the use of her hands. Most babies don't have it down pat until about 15 months. "Even a 1-year-old may still hit herself in the head or eye with her spoon," says Sajjad Yacoob, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "She may be more accurate with her aim when the spoon is empty, but the movement of getting food on it and getting it to her mouth takes more skill." Help your baby practice by giving her a sturdy spoon with a solid handle that she can manipulate easily, and if you've started offering solid foods, give her tempting choices that she's motivated to get into her mouth.



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