Development & Behavior
How should my baby be developing?
By this time, you can tell them that your phone is not a toy, rattles are not used to throw or they are not allowed to pull others’ hair. At this age, your baby may begin testing your authority by refusing to follow these simple guidelines you have given. They are not really disobedient or deliberately disobey you, they may just only simply be curious.
In the 30th week, your baby will probably be able to:
- Sit by themselves without support;
- Try to hold back when you raise them;
- Oppose if you take toys away;
- Find ways to get out of the toy;
- Find falling objects;
- Usefingers on the object and hold them in the hands (so you need to keep dangerous items out of reach of children);
- Return the direction of the sound;
- Babble by combining vowels and consonants as ga-ga-ga, ba-ba-ba, ma-ma-ma, da-da-da;
- Play peekaboo.
How to support my baby?
Remember that your baby simply can not remember what you say. The best tactic is to use a simple word “no” so they understand that they can not do that.
A simple game of peek – a – boo may attract them. They may love games in which people or things appear and disappear. This enhances their awareness of the presence of people around.
Health & Safety
What should I discuss with my doctor?
Most doctors will not arrange health checks for your baby this month. On the positive side, it means that there is no serious problem with the baby; on the negative side, it means that you will not be able to recognize how the baby develops. Prepare questions for checks in the next month, but do not be afraid to call your doctor right away if you have any problems that make you interested or worry and you can not wait until the next follow – up visit .
What should I know?
Here are some things you should know about:
Anemia occurs when there are low red blood cells in the body causing low amount of hemoglobin (the red pigment that carries oxygen to put the tissues, waste and carbon dioxide out). This leads to fatigue and the body can not function properly.
Anemia can be causes by nutritional deficiencies, genetic disorders, drugs, infections and chronic diseases. The most common cause of anemia in infants is iron deficiency insufficient iron in the diet, inability to absorb iron from food properly, or continuous bleeding (for example in the gut). Some other types of anemia are inherited, such as anemia sickle cells caused by abnormal hemoglobin.
Although premature babies are often anemic since birth, normal infants also should be supplies withiron. In the first six months, the iron concentration of the baby usually drops quickly and they need to be supplemented. Sometimes between the 9th and 13th month, when you take your child to regular checkups, the doctor can perform check hemoglobin level to see whether your child has anemia or not.
The symptoms of anemia include fatigue, malaise, anorexia, lips and pale skin… Serious impacts of anemia can include shortness of breath, heart disease, physical and spiritual problems that cause permanent damage and increase the sensitivity of the child, it even can lead to poisoning.
If blood tests show that the iron content in the body is too low, your doctor may advise you to change diet or iron supplement for children. Please reserve functional foods and iron supplements in following your doctor’s instructions carefully. Using iron overdose can be very dangerous for the baby.
You can prevent or support the treatment of anemia as iron deficiency by making sure that baby get enough amount of iron that they need. Things you need to do is:
- Determine whether your child is at higher risk for anemia or not. Factors that could cause this risk include premature birth or low birth weight, lack of iron in your diet if you are breastfeeding or lack of iron in infant formula. Ask your doctor to adjust diet or iron supplements for the baby.
- Let your baby be breastfed as long as possible. Breast milk contains a special form of iron to help baby easily absorb than iron in other foods.
- Do not drink cow’s milk when the baby is less than 1 year old. Cow milk contains low amounts of iron and can irritate the intestinal mucosa and cause minor damage over time.
- Offer powdered iron – fortified cereals. You can start around the 8th month, let them try to eat other foods which are rich in iron like beans, spinach, egg yolk, lean meat, poultry and fish.
- Give your baby foods which are rich in vitamin C to help the absorption of iron, they can be red bell peppers, papaya, cantaloupe, broccoli, strawberries, and oranges.
Let your baby snack
Many mothers sometimes do not want their children to eat sweets between meals. But actually, eating snacks in moderate amount plays an important role in nutrition, especially with childhood nutrition. It is important to choose healthy snacks.
At snack time, your baby has a chance to hold a piece of bread or biscuits by hand and manually place it in the mouth without caring about if the food fits their. Sometimes the the way that your baby eats is too blunt. So you need to have the skills to teach them how to eat.
Children have small stomachs, so your child is easy to be full and hungry quickly. The main meal rarely can maintain satiety from this meal to other meals for child. When the baby set snack, snacks become very necessary to fill your baby’s nutritional needs.
Snacking will give your baby time to rest. Like most of us, baby needs to rest because if you do not give your baby snacks in between the forms of food for weaning, they will always claim to be breastfed or bottlefed. Snacks will reduce demand of frequent breastfeeding for your baby and can help you wean your baby.
However, snacks can also have some downsides. You should note that after letting the baby eat snacks:
- Snacks hourly. Snacking too close to mealtimes can make your baby full and skip meals. Try to arrange the snacks in between meals. Snacking constantly can make your baby get used to always having something in her mouth all the time. This is a habit that can cause adverse effects on body and baby’s health during childhood and adolescence. The mouth constantly filled with food may also lead to tooth decay. Even healthy starch in bread will turn into sugar when exposed to saliva in the mouth. A snack in the morning, or in the noon, or if they have a long time between dinner and bedtime ora meal at sunset are good choices. Of course, there should be exceptions if a meal is delayed longer than usual and if the baby is too hungry.
- Eat with good reason. There are many reasons for snacks and there are no reasonable ones. Avoid letting your baby eat snacks if your child is feeling tired, sore or you want to reward them if they do something. Instead, you can try to verbally praise and enthusiastic applause.
- Location to eat snacks. Snacks should be seriously interested by your baby as a meal. Make sure your baby d eat at safe location (feeding while lying on their backs, crawling around, or walking can easily make your baby choke), your baby’s sitting and eating according to the basic rules of food (Your baby’d better learn the basic rules of eating while sitting at the table). You should let your baby eat junk food when they’re sitting, preferably on chairs.
What I am concerned about?
Here are some things you may be concerned about:
Baby’s acts differently with you
In fact, most babies and toddlers, even older children, generally may act differently with you than when they are with the nanny. This is a sign that your baby feels more comfortable and safe with you. Think of it this way: you’re doing a very good job at being their parent and your baby believes that your love is unconditional. They may express their true nature without fear of losing your love.
Time for you to get home may coincide with the early afternoon – uncomfortable and cranky period ofyour baby. Fatigue, extreme hunger can make an angel who is cheerful and lovable become uneasy. After a day of hard work, you may be exhausted. So when you go home and have to face the problem of the baby heavy stress can affect to your baby strongly, the baby’s condition will become more severe and they will quickly fall into a state of crisis.
If you are less interested in the baby, the “bad behavior” of your baby can also be a call to attention that baby is hungry and has deprived the day.
To tackle the problem of child more easily when you come home every night, you should try to follow the following tips:
- Do not go home when the baby is hungry and exhausted. Ask caregivers to feed them within one hour before you come home. A short nap can also prevent the baby’s temper tantrum, but caregivers must ensure that the baby does not sleep too late because they will not be able to get up in the appropriate time.
- Relax before going home. You should practice some relaxation exercises before entering the houserather than taking the time to think about the work which is still unfinished. Please allay anxiety and fill your mind with thoughts of comfort and make yourself happier.
- Relax at home. Do not rush to start making dinner, checking mail, or folding clothes immediately when you just put down the bag or briefcase. Instead, set aside 15 minutes to relax with your child, in case you can give them your absolute attention. If your child does not like the shape of change, do not rush to let the caregivers leave. You should gradually join with your baby so they can get used to the idea that a change is about to occur. When your baby is more relaxed, you can let your caregivers leave home at this time.
- Let your baby take part of the same in the work that you are doing. When both of you feel more comfortable, you can get your hands on housework. You can put your baby on the floor between the bed or when you change your clothes so that you can always observe the baby.You can hold your baby when you check mail, let your baby sit on a high chair and hold toy when you start making dinner; or you can just wash vegetables and chat with your baby.
- Do not personalize the issue. Most working parents are experiencing depression at home. Try to keep the playful mood after receiving the baby.
So in week 31, the baby will grow like what?
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect, The First Year. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2009. Print version. Page 370-384.