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A 42-Week-Old At A Glance

By Amy Salatino, edHelperBaby

  Diaper Dragouts!
           The good old days are gone.  Your baby doesn't lie there and smile at you anymore as you change those diapers, which have also gotten more disgusting.  Ouch, a double whammy!  Distract your baby as best you can with a tube of Vaseline or something to keep her busy while you change her...as FAST as you can.  It's not a bad idea to have a toy or some "favorite" object on hand that she only gets at changing time to keep her busy while you change.  If you aren't prepared with something, you might have a diaper disaster on your hands.


  Sippy, Sippy!
           If you haven't introduced your child to some kind of a sippy cup or a drinking cup, now's the time.  There is a huge assortment of cups out there that will ease your baby's transition from bottle to cup.  While you don't have to get rid of the bottle just yet, it's not a bad idea to allow your baby to get used to drinking from a cup at mealtimes.  Water or a diluted juice is a good thing to start with.  It might take your baby awhile to figure out how to use the cup, but just keep on giving it to her and it will click one day.


  Playtime Or Bad Grasps?
           Does your baby seem to drop things more than she should?  Don't be worried.  It's not that she has a bad grasp or that her motor skills are weak.  More likely than not, your baby is playing a game with you.  She has come to the realization that if she drops it, you will pick it up and give it back to her, and she loves the attention that this gets her from you.  You may do it so nonchalantly and may not even realize that you are doing it, but she sure does!


  Do You Recall?
           Have you noticed that when you put your baby down she makes a beeline for something in particular?  Does it almost seem like she has an agenda?  It is very likely that she does!  Her recall memory continues to get stronger, and she is able to remember where things are in your house - especially high interest things.  This is all well and good when she chooses to remember where her toys and things are, but when it's your vertical blinds or your outlets, it's a whole new story!


  Item Of The Week:  Bibs
           As your baby begins to experiment more and more with foods, those little bottle bibs that you received hordes of when your baby was born just won't cut it anymore.  Head out to the store and hit the bib aisle.  You'll be shocked at the huge variety of bibs out there.  There are vinyl bibs and plastic bibs and snap bibs and tie bibs and big bibs and little bibs and even dishwasher safe bibs!  My biggest recommendation is go BIG!  Cover up that child as much as you can because she will make a mess. The less you have to clean up the better!


  Do Try This At Home - Spoon It Up!
           Not only is your baby eating more table foods she is also eating them independently.  Most likely she has been using that ever developing pincer grasp and picking up foods with her hands.  It may seem early to introduce your baby to her very own spoon and fork, but it really isn't.  She may not be able to use it correctly at this point, but she can explore it and experiment with it.  She has seen you eat countless meals and will definitely try to mimic your movements.  She might even surprise you with getting an occasional bite or two in her mouth.  Hit the feeding section of your local store and buy a few soft plastic spoons and forks and see what happens.  It will take weeks, probably even months, before she has any amount of real success, but she will try and after all, practice does make perfect!  If nothing else, it will give her something to play with which will buy YOU a few more minutes of eating time which is always appreciated.


  Spoon Feeding With Max
           I have a drawer full of kid size utensils and I realized that it was time to start this with Max the other night when he kept grabbing at my spoon.  He had a few sauceless noodles on his tray that he was working on, and I was feeding him saucy noodles off my spoon (Okay, so I was being lazy.  I just didn't want to deal with the mess that night!).  I began to get frustrated because he was more interested in the spoon than he was the noodles.  He kept grabbing at it and trying to jam it into his mouth.  I finally gave up in frustration.  I put more plain noodles on his tray and just let him work on those.  It didn't occur to me until I was washing dishes later that it would have been the perfect opportunity to give him his own spoon to work with.  So...the next meal I put his french toast sticks on his tray and gave him a plastic spoon to go with them.  I was shocked; he immediately started jamming the spoon at the french toast - not in his mouth like I was sure he would do.  I watched him for a minute or two and then felt pity on him and put a piece on his spoon, and he tried to shove the spoon in his mouth.  Of course the food got nowhere near his mouth, but I couldn't believe that he truly realized what the utensil was for.  At lunch time we had hot dogs and I gave him a soft plastic fork. This time he did just jam it in his mouth and chew on it for a while before he gave up on the fork and started shoving hot dogs in his mouth.  I let him eat for a few minutes so that he wouldn't be completely starving and then helped him by holding the fork with my hand on top of his and jabbed a piece for him and helped him guide it to his mouth.  I did this a few times and then let him go by himself.  He did try to jab the hot dog pieces with his fork, but his fine motor skills weren't quite there yet.  I decided to give him a little bit of help again and jabbed the hot dog on the fork and put the fork on the tray.  Almost immediately he picked up the fork and put it in his mouth and got the hot dog.  I couldn't decide if it was beginner's luck or if he really was capable of this.  We tried again and again. He didn't have much of a problem getting the hot dog in his mouth.  I decided I would keep him busy for a few minutes, so I went to my silverware drawer and got out six kid forks. I loaded them up and put them on his tray and watched him eat all the hot dogs off the forks.  Don't get me wrong; he didn't pick them up quickly one by one and eat the hotdogs rapid fire.  He definitely isn't ready for the hot dog eating contests yet. It took him about seven minutes, but he did get all the hot dogs off the forks and into his mouth.  It'll take a bit of time before he can jab them himself and use a spoon independently, but if you provide it for them, they will try.  Do try this at home; you might be surprised how adept your baby already is!


  That's Questionable
           Q - What's Your Favorite?       

       Everyone has their favorites and our babies are no exception.  I thought it would be fun to list a few of Max's favorites!       

       Favorite Traditional Toy: peek-a-blocks and peek-a-balls  (He is entranced by the shapes inside!)       

       Favorite Non-Traditional Toy:  a ring of measuring spoons (He loves these!)       

       Favorite food - RAISINS (He can't get enough-- makes for some interesting poops.)       

       Favorite thing he's not supposed to play with:  my vertical blinds (I must move him away from these thirty times a day.)       

       Favorite way to sleep:  on his tummy, butt in the air       

       Favorite lovey:  a soft fuzzy, blue blanket       

       Favorite chew toy:  a rattle that vibrates when he chews on it       

       Favorite person:  his mommy of course (My husband might have a different answer.)       

       Favorite place to go:  anywhere in the car       

       Favorite book:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear
       Favorite song:  "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"  (It plays every night on his mobile.)


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