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What do you need to know to care for your 36 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

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Behaviors and development

How is your baby’s development?

In the last week of the eighth month, your child will probably able to:

  • play patty-cake (clap hands) or wave bye-bye;
  • walk with holding on furniture;
  • stand alone momentarily;
  • understand “no” but not always obey it.

How to support your baby?

Once your baby starts standing and cruising, you may wonder if shoes are necessary. Until your baby is walking around outdoors regularly, most pediatricians and developmental experts do not think that they need shoes. It is normal for your baby to walk on their barefoot. Going barefoot can help strengthen your baby’s arches and leg muscles, and feeling the textures of what they are walking on can help them balance.

There are ways to help your baby with his walking efforts. You can stand or kneel in front of them, help them walk towards you by holding both of their hands. Some babies enjoy pushing a toddle truck, which provides them with both support and mobility. You should look for one with a wide, stable base.

One good place to start is to put latches on the doors. You could also move all cleaning supplies or potentially poisonous hazards to higher cabinets. Also, your baby’s crib mattress should be at the lowest mattress setting.

Health and safety

What should you discuss with doctor?

Most doctors do not schedule regular checkups for baby this month. That may be a good idea since most children of this age do not enjoy going to the doctor’s office. Do call the doctor if there are any concerns that you cannot wait until the next month’s visit.

What should you know?

Scary head bump

If your baby has scary head bump, you should comfort your baby but also try not to overreact. Bumps are common for babies learning to get around, and most of them are minor and do not cause any serious injury. You can apply an ice pack for 20 minutes to bring down any swelling. Try feeding or distracting your baby so they do not react too much to the cold of the ice pack.

If your baby loses consciousness, call 115. If they are not breathing, you should try to rescue breathing or do cardiopulmonary resuscitation first, and then call 115.

More specifically, you should call the doctor if your baby vomits, feels unusually irritable or confused, drowsy or dizzy, or cries or screams for an extended period of time. Your baby may also has a significant bump, a deep or persistently bleeding cut, a bruise behind the ear, a soft area on the scalp, unexplained black-and-blue spots, blood in the whites of his eyes, or clear or pinkish fluid or blood coming from the mouth, nose, or ears.

You simply cannot prevent all the bumps that your baby is likely to suffer, but here are some effective precautions:

  • Remove shaky lamps out of your baby’s reach;
  • Supervise your baby carefully if they climb down furniture;
  • Consider applying pads to furniture corners and placing skidproof pads under rugs;
  • Keep a close eye on your baby when they are on their changing table or in the grocery store cart. Use straps to keep them in place whenever it is possible, but remember that you cannot rely on them entirely;
  • Lower your baby’s mattress as soon as they stand in their crib.

Crib safety

As baby becomes more active and adventurous, the whole world opens up with them along with that they can be at risk of getting into trouble. And though the crib may seem to be the very safest haven for your little explorer, it will not be tsafe too long. While some babies never attempt to escape from their cribs, many do. So it is necessary for you to begin taking measures to prevent worst cases now:

  • Lower the mattress as far as it can go. Also check the mattress supports periodically to make sure that they are not loose;
  • Consider removing the bumpers;
  • Do not leave big toys in the crib that baby can pile up and use it as a stool to get free
  • Take down any mobiles that baby could get;
  • Continue to avoid using pillows and fluffy comforters in the crib, never use a canopy over the crib;
  • Pull the crib at least 30cm away from all furniture and walls to prevent your baby climbing. As always, make sure the crib is not within the reach of a drapery or window;
  • If, your baby tries to escape the crib, put some pillows or fluffy blankets on the floor next to the crib to cushion their landing.

When baby reaches 90cm, it is time to change the bed.

My concerns

What you need to concern?

Left or right- handedness

Most doors, irons, potato peelers, scissors, and table settings are designed for right – handers. In the past, some parents tried to force their child to use their right hand so that they can be a right – hander. Experts once believed that such parental pressure on their children can make them have variety of learning disabilities. Now, though they still do not recommend you to try to change a child’s natural handedness, they suspect that several traits are genetically intertwined with left – handedness. Many of these appear to be related to differences between left – handers and righ – handers with respect to development in the right and left hemispheres of the brain. To lefties, the right side of the brain is dominant, making them excel in areas as spatial relations, which may be why they are overrepresented in such fields as sports, architecture, and art. Since more boys than girls are left -handed, it is also theorized that levels of testosterone, a male hormone, somehow affect brain development and handedness.

Most babies use both hands equally at first, some show a preference for one hand or the other within a few months, others not do it until they reach their first birthday. Some seem to favor one hand at first, and then switch. The important thing is that you should let baby use the hand that they feel the most comfortable with.

How is your baby’s development week 37?

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

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