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What do you need to know to care for your 41 week old baby?


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Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

Your baby just begins to understand many simple words and phrases, so it is more important than ever keeping talking to him. Give your chatterbox a head start on good speech patterns by repeating their words back to them through using adult language. If they ask for a “bah-bah” for example, you can gently reinforce the correct pronunciation by asking, “Do you want a bottle?”. At this stage of the game, it is best to try to avoid the tendency of using baby talk – it is fun, but hearing the right words is better for your baby’s development.

Though you may sometimes feel silly, having conversations with your baby is a great way to encourage their language skills. When they rattles off a sentence of gibberish, you should respond with “Oh, really? How interesting”. They will probably smile and keep chattering away.

In the first week of the tenth month, your baby is capable to:

  • stand by holding on to someone or something;
  • pull up to standing position from sitting;
  • object if you try to take a toy away;
  • say “mama” or “dada” indiscriminately;
  • play peekaboo;
  • exchange back-and-forth gestures with you.

How to support my baby?

Communication with your baby is a best way to help their development. It is important to name the objects they points at – or point out objects of your own – to help them learn the names of things.

Give your baby a play – by – play description of what you are doing. As you put them in their stroller, you can say “There you go, into your blue stroller. Now, let’s buckle you in and get you comfortable. Okay, we’re off to the park.” You can also sing nursery rhymes, demonstrate actions that go with words (saying “bye – bye” and waving, for instance), and play games so that they can learn to identify key words and phrases.

At this stage of the game, it is best to try to avoid the tendency of using baby talk – it is fun, but hearing the right words is better for your baby’s development.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Most doctors do not schedule regular checkups for your baby this month. Do call the doctor if there are any concerns that you cannot wait until the next visit.

What should I know?

You should notice the sleep apnea at this stage. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your baby temporarily and repeatedly stops breathing while they are asleep. The culprit may be any number of things that can block their upper airway passages or prevent them from breathing properly. They may be enlarged adenoids and tonsils, frequent illness, allergies, a receding chin, a cleft palate, or an underdeveloped nervous system. Preemies and babies with conditions such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome are at higher risk of the disease. During sleep, a baby with sleep apnea may snore loudly, gasp, or cough, they can also have trouble breathing or take long pauses between breaths, seem restless or sweat profusely. A child with apnea may also wake up briefly multiple times throughout the night and seem to lack of sleep during the day.

Because untreated sleep apnea can lead to cardiovascular complications and problems with learning and behavior, it is necessary to talk to your baby’s doctor. If tonsils or adenoids are causing a problem, surgery is sometimes recommended. Your doctor may recommend an overnight sleep study to help diagnose any underlying problems.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

In the first week of the tenth month, your baby will have some habits including head banging, rocking and rolling. It sounds as though your son has discovered that they can get rhythm. You cannot force a baby to give up one of these habits before they are ready, but the following tips may make it easier for both you and your baby to live with the habit and to eventually ease them:

  • Give your baby extra cuddling, and rocking.
  • Supply other – and to you, more acceptable – rhythmic activities for your baby. Possibilities include: rocking in a rocking chair with them or showing them how to rock in a child-size one on their own; giving them one or more toy instruments with which they can make sounds and playing patty – cake or other finger or hand games, especially with
  • Allow your baby plenty of time for active play during the day.
  • Establish a regular andsoothing bedtime routine that includes hugging, a little massage, and perhaps some rocking (though not to the point of sleep).
  • If your baby does most of their head banging in the crib, do not put them down until they are
  • If your baby rocks or bangs in their crib, minimize the danger by setting the crib on a thick rug and removing the casters so the crib will not bounce across the floor. Place the crib as far from the wall or other furniture as possible, and if necessary, pad the outsides of the crib. Remember to check the crib periodically for loose bolts, too.

How is your baby’s development week 42?

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

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