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Newborn Week Thirteen

By Angela Sawinski, edHelperBaby

Look Who's Flying!
           Your baby is growing stronger every day. She may now be able to lift her head, chest, and shoulders off the ground when she's on her tummy. Your superbaby will look so proud and happy while she's "flying" this way. If she's especially strong, she may be able to push herself up using her arms while lying on her stomach. She won't crawl until at least six months, but these pre-crawling motions are her way of developing the necessary muscles.


           The vast majority of live births in the United States are singletons - fewer than five percent are twins, triplets, or other multiples.


Encouraging Development
           Sing: It can be a real song or you can make up your own silly verses. Some research suggests that learning the rhythms of music is linked to learning math later in life.       

       Clue him in first: For example, say things like "I'm going to turn out the light" before flipping the switch. This will help teach him cause and effect relationships.       

       Make the most of diaper time: Use moments like these to teach names of body parts or pieces of clothing. This can also help your baby to learn to anticipate routines.       

       Blab away: Blab away to your baby, but leave short pauses where your baby would speak. Soon he'll catch onto the rhythm of conversation and start filling in the blanks.


Q - Why Are My Baby's Hands Cold Sometimes?
           Generally speaking, it's nothing to be alarmed about. Just like an adult, your baby is keeping his vital organs warm by redirecting some of the blood from his hands and feet to his torso. If his hands are cold and you want to make sure he's okay, place your hand on his chest to see whether the core part of his body feels like it's a comfortable temperature. If so, he's fine. But if his chest feels cold or his skin has a bluish tint to it, swaddle him tightly, stick a hat on his head to help him retain heat, and give his doctor a call.


           In utero, everything was quiet, fluid, gentle. Your baby glided through a watery world of muted sounds and faint colors. Life outside the womb can be pretty jarring with its bright lights, whirring fans, and barking dogs. While socializing with your baby, be sensitive to any signs that she's had enough interaction: Too much stimulation can overload a baby's neural circuits, leaving her crying or unsettled. This is essentially your baby's way of saying, "I've had all I can take right now." Here are some signs that playtime is over and she needs a break:
  • Closing eyes
  • Turning away
  • Tensing up, arching her back
  • Avoiding your gaze
  • Irritability


Ear Infections
           Ear infections are more common in older babies, but occasionally they occur in infants under three months. Babies are prone to ear infections because the tube that connects the nasal passage to the middle ear is very short, making it easy for a cold in the nose to spread to the ear. If the infection becomes severe or is not treated, the eardrum may break and the infected fluid will pass through it and out the ear canal. With proper treatment, however, the eardrum will heal with no permanent damage.       

       The first sign of an ear infection is irritability, especially at night. Your baby may also use his hand to pull at or swipe over the ear. As the infection advances, it may produce a fever. If you suspect that your child has an ear infection, call the doctor right away. Only an ear examination can confirm that an infection is present.


Choking Prevention
           Routinely check all toys for sharp edges or small parts that could be pulled or broken off. If you use a crib gym or suspended toys for the crib, make sure they are fastened securely and tightly so that the baby cannot pull them down or entangle himself in them.


  Try This!
           This game will teach your baby all about textures. Cover an old glove with different textured materials. Be sure to securely attach the materials. Use a different fabric for each finger of the glove. Some fabrics to try are flannel, velvet, silk, linen, Velcro, and felt. Try attaching a large button or similar object as well. If you cut the fingertips off the gloves, the baby can feel your fingernails as well as the textured fabrics. Experiment touching your child with different parts of the glove and encourage him to touch it as well.


Dayvian's Experience
           I put the glove together one afternoon when I actually had both kids down for a nap at the same time. After Dayvian woke up from his nap, had a clean diaper and a full tummy, I decided to try this game with him. I gently took his hand and rubbed his fingers over each one of the different textures. Each time that I changed to a new texture, he got a puzzled look on his face. His favorite texture seemed to be the silk, while his least favorite was the Velcro. He was interested in the glove for about fifteen minutes before getting fussy.


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