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What do you need to know to care for your 37 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

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Behaviors and development

How is your baby’s development?

At 37 weeks, your child will probably able to:

  • work to get a toy that’s out of reach;
  • look for dropped object.

How to support your baby?

If you have to travel for a few days, it can be difficult for doting grandparents and caregivers because now your baby shows an extreme attachment to you and fear of everyone else. You can help make it easier by warning people to approach slowly and let your baby make the first move.

At this age, they do not grasp the concept of travel but they will realize they are in a new and strange place. Be ready for some cranky, clinging behavior of your baby and prepare plenty of distractions like picture books, noise – making toys, nesting blocks, hand puppets, and definitely their security object if they have one. Schedule plenty of downtime away from all the strangers to let them feel less stressed.

Health and safety

What should you discuss with doctor?

Each practitioner will have their own personal approaching tobaby checkups. The overall organization of the physical exam, the number and type of assessment techniques used and procedures performed will also vary with the individual needs of the child. You can expect the following at a checkup:

  • Questions about how you and baby and the rest of the family are doing at home, and about baby’s eating, sleeping, and general progress. You can have questions about child care, if you are working.
  • Measurement of baby’s weight, length, and head circumference, and progress since birth.
  • Questions about baby care when you return to work.

What should you know?

The common cold

Most children have eight to ten colds in their first two years of life. Your chief job is to keep them comfortable so their body can fight the virus and recover. To help your baby feel better:

  • Give them plenty of rest. They may need to nap longer than usual or take an extra nap.
  • Place a few towels or a crib wedge under the end of their mattress to elevate their head a little and help they breathe more easily.
  • Give them a warm bath.
  • Keep them hydrated with breast milk, formula, or water.
  • Use over – the – counter saline drops and a rubber bulb syringe to loosen and remove mucus from their
  • Put a humidifier or cool – mist vaporizer in their room, or bring them with you into a steamy bathroom or shower for about 15 minutes to help clear their breathing passages.
  • Consult with your baby’s doctor before giving cold medicine or using nasal sprays. Never give your baby aspirin, ephedra, or ephedrine, or any medicines containing these ingredients. You can give infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen for a fever, but it is important to determine the appropriate dosage first. If you are not sure how much to give, call your doctor.
  • Call doctor if symptoms worsen after five days or if they last more than ten to fourteen days. Call if your baby starts wheezing, has trouble breathing, persistently cries during feedings or when being put down to sleep, they constantly tug at their ear, or your baby has a rectal temperature over 38.3 degrees Celsius.

To prevent cold, wash your hands and your baby’s hands regularly, and ask others to wash their hands before holding your baby. Keep them away from sick people and smokers. If you breastfeed, continuing to do so for as long as possible can reduce the odds of colds.

Changes in sleep patterns

How much a baby sleeps is less important than how well they functionon the sleep they are getting. If your baby refuses to go down for a nap or naps along with that they seem to be cranky and overtired by dinnertime, it may be that they need the extra sleep. However, they alsodo not want to waste precious time that they could use for activity and exploration on sleep. Not getting needed naps makes them less happy, less cooperative during the day.

If your baby does not seem to be getting the naps tyhe need, make a special effort to encourage them. Try putting them down – fed, changed, and relaxed by a little quiet quiet music, and perhaps a massage in a dark room with no distractions is a good idea. Do not give up immediately if they do not fall asleep; some babies need more time to settle down during the day. If that does not work, you may need to let them walk in the stroller or drive around with them in the car.

My concerns

What you need to concern?

Feeding baby at the table

They should begin to sit in lap of some adults for practicing table manners and sociability. Whenever you can do it, draw their high chair up to the table at your mealtime, give them their own place setting and some finger foods, and include them in the table conversation.

Loss of interest in breastfeeding

If your baby continuesto refuse your breastfeeding, strike back with these tips:

  • Try some peace and quiet. An increasingly curious eight or nine – month – old baby is easily distracted by anything from the television, the siren of a fire engine outdoors, the dog passing by. To maximize baby’s concentration on the task at hand, you can nurse in aquiet room. Cuddle them gently to help them relax .
  • Nurse when they are You can breastfeed them first in the morning before you are busy with caring them, breastfeed after a warm bath at night or after a relaxing massage, or right before nap time.
  • Or nurse on the run. Some babies prefer to know that they are part of the action – that way they can be sure they are not missing something.
  • If your baby still seems lackadaisical about nursing, they may truly be on the verge of giving up the breast. Though you may not be ready for this milestone, there may be absolutely nothing you can do about it.

You should continue to pump milk to feed your baby until at least the end of the first year. If you do not feel up to pumping your baby’s entire intake, you will need to switch to formula. You can serve up the breast milk or formula in a bottle, if they are already taking one. Moreover, try serving the breast milk or formula in a cup, at least some of the time. Babies who were started on the cup earlier are often very proficient by this age.

If you do end up weaning entirely, try to keep the process suitable for your baby’s health as well as your own comfort. Gradual weaning will allow baby time to increase their intake of formula before they give up breast milk entirely. And it will give your breasts the chance to reduce production slowly to avoid painful engorgement.

You have made through week 37.  Don’t worry. You are not alone. We will be here to give you support next week, in week 38.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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