Week by Week

What do you need to know to care for your 40 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

msBahasa Malaysia

Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

Your baby’s personality is really emerging now. They may be very social, granting broad smiles to everyone they meet, or a little more shy, hiding their face when well – meaning strangers try to engage them. Your baby may assess the situation carefully before accepting others. They might be even switch their mood quite dramatically.

They will gesture for your attention and may even wave goodbye when they see you head for the door.

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

  • “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 momentarily;
  • stand alone well;
  • say “dada” or “mama” indiscriminately;
  • say one word other than “mama” or “dada”;
  • respond to a one – step command with gestures (“Give that to me” said with hand out);

How to support my baby?

Learn a few new games from the list below:

  • Peekaboo;
  • Clap hands;
  • Sing and dance;
  • Eyes, nose, mouth;
  • Other games.

Health & Safety

What should you discuss with doctor?

The overall organization of the physical exam, 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:

  • Guidance about what to expect in the next month in relation to such topics as feeding, sleeping, development, and child safety.
  • Questions you may want to ask if the doctor has not already answered them: what new foods can be introduced to baby now? When can citrus, fish, meats, egg whites be introduced, if they have not been already? When should you consider weaning from the bottle, if your baby is bottlefed, or from the breast?

What should I know?

Here are some things you should know about:

No teeth

Enjoy those toothless grins while you can. It is reassured that there are many nine-month-old babies who finish their first year without a single tooth . Though baby usually have a first tooth at seven months, the range is from two months to twelve. Late teething is usually hereditary, and it does not bring any reflection on your baby’s development. Second teeth will probably come in later, too. Toothlessness needn’t interfering, incidentally, with a baby’s moving on to chunkier foods, the gums are used for chewing.

Hairless

Like toothlessness, hairlessness at this age is not unusual and not permanent. Hairlessness does not mean that your baby will have less hair or be bald when they grows up. In time, your baby’s hair will come in.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

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

Making mealtime easier

Make mealtime a good time. You should allow your baby to express certain food preferences and their dislikes as well. Do not insist that they finish or even sample everything whenever possible, you should feed your baby in a highchair, away from distractions such as the TV or pets. Give them lots of attention and consider injecting a little fun into the meal. Besides, you can chatter about what finger foods they are chomping on and how many pieces are left on their tray. This can help their objects realization and language development.

Your baby can have what the rest of the family is having, provided you cut or mash the food into small, safe pieces and it does not contain any ingredients that frequently cause allergies or other problems in babies. Also avoid giving them anything too hot since it could burn their mouth. Babies can grow to love all sorts of flavors, and your little one will probably be very interested in the foods you eat simply because you are eating them.

When you have the decision of eating out, it is necessary thet you should choose the restaurant with baby food. Many restaurants are geared toward families, with highchairs and even toys at the ready. If you think your baby will be sensitive to a noisy environment, keep that in mind when choosing an eatery.

Congratulations! You have made it through week 40. We can’t wait to show you how your baby is developing in week 41.

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

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