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An 8-week-old At A Glance

By Amy Salatino, edHelperBaby

  Check It Out!
           It seems like just yesterday you were taking your baby to her two-week well baby check-up.   Most pediatricians like to see your infant at two months of age as well.  Remember to go prepared with a list of questions. It can be tough to remember them on the spot.  At this checkup your pediatrician will probably recommend some immunizations.  Gear up for this; it will most likely be tougher on you than on your little one!


  Weeble Wobble!
           While your eight-week-old's head may still be wobbly, it is getting stronger every day.  She may even be able to hold it up at a 45 degree angle for a few moments.  Some eight-week-olds can also push up with their arms for moments here and there.  Continue to encourage this development with tummy time!


  Memory Maker!
           Your little one's memory is developing, and you may not even realize it.  Your baby can not only recognize your voice and smell but knows what you look like.  She may also start to make associations based on these memories.  For example, when she sees you come in with a bottle, she may get excited remembering that a bottle means feeding time.  These memories help her to understand the world around her.


  Giggles and Grins
           Your eight-week-old has probably been smiling here and there for a week or two.  Don't be surprised if you hear an honest to goodness giggle soon.  When that first laugh does come out, make sure to show your excitement for it. Your positive feedback will encourage your baby to laugh some more!


  DO try this at home!
           Your eight-week-old is beginning to track or follow objects with her eyes.  This is an important part of her development.  Help to promote this tracking skill by giving her moving objects to look at and follow.  Simple activities to increase her tracking skills include old stand by's like peek-a-boo or simply leaning over her as she is lying down and moving slowly around her.  You can tell if your little one is tracking you by watching her eyes carefully and seeing if she is following your movements.


  Tracking with Max
           I did some of these tracking activities with Max and was so excited to see that he was definitely following my movements with his eyes.  The first thing I did was just lay him down on his back on the floor and talk to him softly for a few minutes to really get his attention.  Then I took the closest thing off the floor, which happened to be one of his socks.  I dangled it about eight inches from his face and slowly moved it around. Even though it was a boring old sock, his little eyes followed it around.  Next, I loosely hid behind my hands and slowly did peek-a-boo with him.  Not only did he follow my head as I peeked it around my hands, but this one warranted smiles, too.  How fun!  The older kids had a blast doing some tracking games with Max, too  Their excitement for his "accomplishments" make it doubly more exciting.  Definitely try some of these at home!


  That's Questionable!
           Q - Do you have anxiety about going back to work?       

       If I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question in the last eight weeks, then I wouldn't have to go back to work!  My answer here is honestly no.  I am a kindergarten teacher and have been for the last eight years.  I can honestly say that I love my job and  as much as I LOVE being home with my kids, I am one of those people who thrives on being able to "do it all"! As much as I miss my kids while I am teaching, part of me feels that going to school makes me a better mother, and being home with my kids makes me a better teacher.  I am also incredibly blessed that I have my mother to take care of my kids while I am at school.  Dropping them off with someone who loves them almost as much as I do (and whom they worship) makes it a lot easier.       

       So while I can honestly say that I am not anxious or upset about leaving the kids and going back to work, I am a bit nervous about getting four kids four and under dressed and out of the house in the morning.  Fortunately with summer approaching, I'll only have to do it for a few weeks!  Good luck to all of you who are going back to work soon!


The Waiting Game
By Trisha Fusco-Dennis, edHelperBaby

           You will often go places where you have to wait with your baby, i.e. the doctor's office, the bank and the grocery store. Assuming you have timed it right between baby's feedings and naps, you may think you are home free. So, what to do when you see a meltdown coming?       

       One idea I have used with great success is the photo game. I laminated a bunch of photos of family members, punched holes in them and placed them on a key ring. When stuck waiting, I show the pictures to baby and tell her who each person is. This is something that can work for a surprisingly long time!       

       When that loses its luster, I play "Where's Baby?"  I look everywhere. "Is she under the bread? Is she on top of my head? Is she behind me?" I look in absurd places too. "Is she on the ceiling? Is she outside the window?"  When I finally "find" her, her expressions are priceless!       

       And the surprisingly no-fail method to amuse a baby? Plain white paper!  Crinkle it, shake it, rub it lightly over baby's hands, let baby grab hold and crinkle, shake or tear it herself. It really does work for ages. Just have some extras, as it ALWAYS ends up in baby's mouth!


I Think She's Got It!
By Trisha Fusco-Dennis, About my child Julia

           Julia appears to have FINALLY mastered the art of keeping the binky in her mouth for more than ten seconds!  She loves her pacifier to fall asleep but it has been a bit of a trying time when she drops it from her mouth before making it all the way to dream land! My pediatrician suggested "training" her by giving her the pacifier when she is wide awake and periodically "tugging" it so she strengthens the muscles around her mouth.  After a good three weeks of practice, she has gotten it! Yeah! Bedtimes are much less stressful for all now!


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