Week by Week

What do you need to know to care for your 44 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

msBahasa Malaysia

Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

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

  • indicate wants in other ways than crying;
  • “play ball” (roll ball back to you);
  • drink from a cup independently;
  • pick up a tiny object neatly with tips of thumb and forefinger (keep all dangerous objects out of baby’s reach);
  • stand alone well;
  • use immature jargoning (gibberish that sounds as if baby is talking in a made-up foreign language);
  • say one word other than “mama” or “dada”;
  • respond to a one – step command with gestures (“Give that to me” – with hand out);
  • walk well.

How to support my baby?

Your baby now understands simple instructions, although you may still ignore when you say “no”. To help the word carry a little more weight, you can use it sparingly for setting important limits. Even though your baby may not always remember tomorrow what you have said today, it is not too soon to set certain boundaries and start teaching some important distinctions, like right from wrong and safe from unsafe.

Use your best judgment as a guideline. If they pull the cat’s tail, you may move their hand, look them in the eye, and say “No, that hurts the cat”. Then you can guide your baby’s hand to pet the animal gently.

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?

Your concern in this stage is the hold breathing of your child. This part will also give you tips to choose shoes and take care of hair for your baby.

Hold breathing

If you baby holds their breath till fainting, don’t worry. No treatment is necessary for a child who has passed out from breath holding. And though there is no sure cure for the condition, it is possible to head off some of the temper tantrums that can result in a breath-holding episode:

  • Be sure that baby gets enough rest. A baby who is overtired or overstimulated is more susceptible than a well – rested one;
  • Choose your battles. Too many can lead to too much frustration for baby;
  • Try to calm baby before hysteria sets inmusic, toys, or other distractions (but not food which will create another bad habit);
  • Try to reduce the tension of your baby and everyone else’s;
  • Don’t cave in after a spell. If your baby knows that they can get what they want by holding their breath, they will repeat the behavior frequently, especially as they becomes a more manipulative toddler;
  • Some researches have shown that breath-holding spells sometimes stop when a child begins receiving an iron supplement; check with the doctor to see if this might be a good treatment option for your baby.

If your baby’s breath – holding spells are severe or it lasts more than a minute, are unrelated to crying, are not related to pain or frustration, or have you worried for any other reasons, you need to discuss them with their doctor as soon as possible.

Baby shoes

A comfortable pair of shoes not only helps move easily but also protect your baby’s feet and safety. Choose shoes that are closest to at all by looking for the followings:

  • Flexible soles;
  • Low cut;
  • Flat, nonskid bottoms with no heels;
  • Firm counters;
  • Roomy fit;
  • Standard shapes.

Hair care

Hair care keeps your baby clean and prevents head skin diseases. You can get the best grooming results with the least struggle by using the following tips:

  • Untangle hair before beginning to shampoo, to prevent even worse tangles afterward;
  • Try using a shampoo – conditioner combination that does not need to be rinsed out;
  • Use a wide – tooth comb or a brush that has bristles with plastic – coated tips for easier combing on wet hair;
  • Untangle from the ends up, keeping one hand firmly on the roots as you work to minimize the pulling on baby’s scalp and the pain that comes with it;
  • Do not use a blow dryer on baby’s hair.
  • Do not braid baby’s hair or pull it tightly into a ponytail or pigtails since these styles can lead to patches of baldness or thinning of hair;
  • Do not use clips or barrettes that is small enough (or with parts small enough) to pose a choking hazard.
  • Take bands, clips, and barrettes out before you put baby to bed.
  • Trim hair or have it trimmed at a salon that specializes in children’s cuts and then yoru need to be patient at least every two months for healthier growth;
  • Trim bangs when they reach the brows;
  • Plan hair grooming for a time when your baby is not tired, hungry, or cranky. Make it more pleasant by getting their occupied with a toy before beginning;
  • Set your baby up in front of a mirror so they can watch you work on their hair; eventually, they may learn to appreciate the

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

In the last week of the tenth month, you may have many concerns:

Temperament

Your baby’s temperament is how thety think about and react to their environment. This includes sleeping and eating patterns, sociability, agreeability, how they respond to soothing and other factors. Some babies are mellow, others are sensitive and slow to warm to new situations while others have robust and high-energy temperaments. Experts now think temperament is largely inborn rather than a product of external factors and influences.

You began to form a picture of your baby’s temperament when they are as young as 3 or 4 months old. At 10 months, your baby’s personality is becoming more defined – you can start to more accurately imagine what they will be like as they get older by observing their actions and disposition in different situations. Look at overall patterns, not any one particular behavior.

If there is something about your baby’s temperament that make you worried or that you hope to help them with (such as shy behavior), it is important to understand and not be judgmental. Do not label your baby, criticize them, or make them think that they are flawed or “bad”. Instead, you have to sympathize and encourage them when they behave in a way that seems healthier. You should know that you cannot really change your baby’s natural tendencies, although you can encourage certain behavior and help them to learn and grow in a way that supports their temperament. These above are changes of your baby and what you need to know to take care of your baby.

Congratulations! You have made it through week 44. We can’t wait to show you how your baby is developing in week 45.

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

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