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A 14-Week-Old At A Glance

By Amy Salatino, edHelperBaby

  Push Ups
           As your baby's muscles continue to develop, you will see him get in what looks like a push-up position.  It appears that he is going to crawl any day now, but relax-you've still got a few good months before you have to get all those baby proofing devices in place.  Encourage this push-up motion with lots of tummy time; the stronger he gets the easier his transition to crawling will be!


  Bubble Blower
           Not only has your baby figured out that his mouth can make sounds and noises but he has also figured out that he can create and blow bubbles.  This is cute the first few times you see it, but when your sweet little baby becomes a wet drooly mess, the cuteness fades quickly.  Try to keep your baby's chin and bibs dry to prevent chapping.  If your baby's chin does get chapped, a little Vaseline will work wonders!


           As these weeks continue to go on and as your baby gets older, he also gets more smiley, more interactive, and a lot more fun to play with.  Talking to your baby, playing with your baby, and interactions of all kinds are crucial, but be careful not to overdo it.  Watch for signs of overstimulation like fussiness or frustration and know when to back off.  Keep in mind that he is still a baby and can only "play" for so long!


  Item of The Week: Wrist and Feet Rattles
           As your 14-week-old not only becomes more aware of his extremities but also his ability to control them, break out those wrist rattles and sensory socks.  Your baby will learn that his movements are controlling the noises and other sensory stimulation that these objects provide.  Keep the video camera nearby; the look on his face when he figures it out will be priceless!


  DO TryThis at Home!
           A while back you introduced your infant to different textures.  As your baby becomes more and more aware of the world around him, it's time to get out those objects again and gauge your baby's reactions to each of them.  This is a great way to develop your little one's sensory skills and give him experiences with different tactilities.  Objects that you use can be toys, clothing, household objects, and material.  Try to be really in tune with your baby and see what he likes and doesn't like.  You'll be able to tell by his facial and body movements.


  Playing "Games" with Max
           The first time I pulled out items with different textures with Max it was fun, but it seemed kind of silly and forced.  This time it was an absolute blast.  This made me really see the personality that is emerging in there.  The first thing that I gave Max to play with was a little fleece blanket with tags all around the edges.  As soon as I gave it to him, he pulled it close to his face and started to blink those long blinks that signal sleepiness.  He shouldn't have been anywhere near tired, but the fleece for him triggered naptime.  I realized later that the material is similar to a blanket that he uses to fall asleep.  Needless to say, I let him take his little catnap.  After he woke up, I tried some other items.  I gave him a pretty traditional rattle - hard and smooth and makes noises when you shake it.  This made him smile every time, and after a few times of me putting it in his hands, he seemed to reach for it himself!  That was exciting in itself.  Next I gave him a dog toy - yep, four kids and a dog toy is what the poor kid gets to play with (We don't even have a dog!).  The dog toy was hard plastic and had little "sharp" bumps all over it.  Max cringed when I gave him this one.  I tried a few times thinking the first cringe was just a fluke, but he cringed every time.  The last thing I gave him was a little smooshy stuffed teddy bear.  He really didn't have much of a reaction to this one.  Seeing his facial expressions and learning what he liked and didn't like was precious. Do try this at home!


  That's Questionable!
           Q - Does your baby have a full blown "routine"?       

       At 14 weeks, an all out routine is definitely feasible, but it's proven to be a lofty goal this time around.  Max has something of a routine, but it gets thrown off a lot by the activities of the other three kids.  A typical day for Max looks something like this:  He wakes up around 5:30 A.M. and has a bottle before anyone else is up (He's taking about 5 ounces at a shot now.); after his bottle he comes downstairs and hangs out with us in his reclining high chair while the other kids eat and get dressed.  This is where everyone else's classes and activities throw Max's chances of a "real" routine out the window.  He usually gets put in his carseat where he sometimes naps while I drive the other kids to where they need to be.  Around 9:00 A.M. he gets his second bottle, plays for about a half hour, and naps in his crib until we have to leave again.  He gets a third bottle around 1:00 P.M. when the older kids go down for their naps, plays for awhile, and gets his real nap (2-3 hours) in his crib for a few hours - I try like crazy to not have to interrupt him from this one and usually he gets a good nap in.  He gets his next bottle around 5:00 P.M., right before we eat dinner, and again sits at the table with us while we have dinner.  He takes a short 45 minute nap that revives him just enough for his last bottle around 7:30 P.M. and then sleeps through the night so we can start all over again the next day!  I am incredibly lucky that Max is an easygoing baby and handles the craziness that is our life really well!       

       So I guess he has kind of a routine. I think that since he is the fourth kid in four years, this is as routine as it's going to be for a while!


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