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What do you need to know to care for your 38 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

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Behaviors and development

How is your baby’s development?

At 38 weeks, your baby is capable to:

  • pull up to standing position from sitting;
  • creep or crawl;
  • get into a sitting position from stomach;
  • object if you try to take a toy away;
  • stand holding on to someone or something;
  • pick up tiny object with any part of thumb and finger (keep all dangerous objects out of baby’s reach);
  • say “mama” or “dada” indiscriminately;
  • play peekaboo;
  • remember more specific information, such as where there toys are in your house;
  • imitate actions they has seen a week before.

How to support your baby?

Your baby can now put objects in a container and remove them. Give them a plastic bucket and some colorful blocks so they can practice this new skill. Make sure they are not so small that they can swallow them. They also likes toys with moving parts, such as knobs, levers, or doors that open and close. Big plastic cars that your baby can wheel around on the floor are fun playthings, too.

If you take a toy away from them, your increasingly assertive baby is likely to object. They is really starting to be able to make their needs. Some sound advice is that you should give them something new before you take the other object away.

About half of babies this age will initiate passing games, so you canbe their playmate. Try rolling a ball to your baby and see whether they roll it back to you. Give them a sorting toy or stacking rings and see if they sort or stack or hand the pieces to you. They will also like to share their food, so accept these gifts graciously.

Health and safety

What should you discuss with doctor?

The overall organization of the physical exam, as well as the number and type of assessment techniques used and procedures performed, will also vary with the individual needs of the child. But, in general, you can expect the followings at a checkup:

  • Physical exam, including a recheck of any previous problems.
  • Developmental assessment. The examiner may actually put baby through a series of “tests” to evaluate baby’s ability to sit independently, to pull up with or without help, to reach for and grasp objects. Your baby may also rake at and pick up tiny objects, to look for a dropped or hidden object, to respond to their name, to recognize such words as “mommy,” “daddy,” “bye-bye,” and “no,” and to enjoy social games such as patty – cake and peekaboo, or may simply rely on observation plus your reports on what baby is doing.

What should you know?

Self-weaning

Your baby may latch on for only a few seconds at a time. They may seem to be unengaged or become easily distracted while nursing. Do not be surprised if your baby’s desire to breastfeed returns, though developmental changes sometimes lower a baby’s interest temporarily.

All babies can self-wean naturally, but it is rare for them to do so before 9 or 10 months. At that point, a baby may show signs of self – weaning. You can prompt weaning when you regularly start giving your baby alternatives to the breast, including bottles of pumped breast milk or formula and solid foods.

Decrease the number of breastfeeding sessions gradually, one at a time, and offer your baby alternatives. Start by eliminating any daytime feedings, then move on to the early morning feeding. Save the bedtime feeding for last. Distract your baby and they may forget and be satisfied with a bottle or cup of pumped breast milk or formula instead.

Pulling up

If your child’s legs are not ready to hold them, they would not be pulling up. Like most babies who have just learned to stand, they is stranded in this unfamiliar position until they fall. And that is where you come in. As soon as you notice their frustration, you should gently help them down to a sitting position. Slowly do it so that they can get the idea of how to do it themselves, which should take a few days, or at most a few weeks.

My concerns

What you need to concern?

There are many concerns in the second week of the ninth month:

Picky eater:

Here are some specific tips on how to handle a picky eater:

  • Let them eat bread. Or cereal, or bananas, or whatever food they favor.
  • Add on when you can. While you should not push food on your baby, there is nothing wrong with trying to sneak it for them.
  • Omit the mush. Your baby seems to get bored of the mashed and is ready for more new things. You can change to chunky foods and finger foods that are soft enough for them.
  • Vary the menu. A change may be just what they need to spark their
  • Turn the tables. Perhaps it is just a newly emerging streak of stubborn independence that is keeping them not sitting. Hand them the responsibility of feeding, and they may open his mouth eagerly to a wide range of food that they would never take from the spoon you offer.
  • Do not drown their Many babies and toddlers eat very little because they are drinking too much juice, formula, or breast milk. Your baby should have no more than 120 to 180ml of fruit juice and no more than 380 to 720ml of formula (or, after the first birthday, milk) a day. If they want to drink more than that, give them water or watered-down juice and spread the servings out over the day.
  • Attack snacks. Limiting snacks to mid morning one and mid-afternoon one, no matter how little your child eats at mealtimes.
  • Keep smiling. The easiest way for you to lay the foundation for a permanent feeding problem is to frown with displeasure when your baby turns their head away from the oncoming spoon; to comment unhappily if they come out of the high chair with their empty tummy; or to spend half an hour trying to guide a couple of spoonfuls into their closed mouth with pleading. Create a comfortable atmosphere to encourage your baby to eat.

How is your baby’s development week 39?

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

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