Baby Milestones: First Social Smiles, Scooching and More
Remember all those baby toys you got as gifts? Bring 'em on out! In the coming months, your baby will love checking out some new sounds and textures. (And you'll love to start clearing out some of the packages cluttering the floor in your living room ... and bedroom ... and hallway ...)
What You're Thinking: "Why do I still look five months pregnant when my baby's 5 weeks old?"
- Your baby's vision is developing and she needs stimulation to help it along. Try getting her to "track" or follow an object in her field of view. This is when that huge basket of toys in the living room finally starts to come in handy.
- Your baby is getting stronger now, lifting her head more and turning it from side to side. She's probably even scooting across her crib from one side to the other. She's not crawling, she's scooching, and it definitely counts as movement—particularly when she's on the changing table, so be sure not to leave her unattended!
- Apparently, your jokes are getting better. If you're really good, your baby may give you a responsive baby smile, called a "social smile" now—and it's not just gas anymore. Get into it! Sing her songs, play with her, teach her the Electric Slide ... all to encourage this baby milestone.
- You openly declare your unabashed love for the bouncy seat. (How could you not adore something that gives your arms a break and keeps baby content?)
- You figured out how to use the baby sling without looking like you're performing a Houdini stunt.
- You enjoyed sushi and a glass of sauvignon blanc (albeit in the living room in front of the TV with spit-up on your sweats, but who cares!).
- You don't know your baby's favorite lullaby yet, but when it comes to getting you to sleep, even the hum of the dishwasher will do the trick.
- You tried on a pair of pre-preggers jeans only to find they wouldn't budge past your thighs. Give it time, Mama, give it time.
- You didn't call the pediatrician today with a question (OK, maybe you did—but it was a very quick question).
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All babies grow and develop at different rates. So please don't compare your kid with so-and-so's baby from across the street—you'll just drive yourself nuts. If you have any concerns, bring them up with your pediatrician at your baby's next checkup.