Baby Physical Development in 11-Week-Olds
When did life become a reality game show?
HOST: OK moms, here's your challenge: Feed your baby without falling asleep, burp him while making sure no spit-up touches your clothing, race to grab a diaper, change him, read Pat the Bunny (twice) and make yourself lunch. The first mom to reach the finish line is today's challenge champ and is exempt from elimination tomorrow.
Don't worry. There is a routine emerging from that chaos—even if you can't quite see it yet.
What You're Thinking: "Do I get some kind of medal for this whole mom thing? I really think I deserve a medal!"
- Your baby's physical development won't exactly include doing push-ups yet, but if you lay her on her tummy, she'll try to lift her head up just a little. You could do the same and call it "yoga."
- Encourage your baby to lift her head by having her follow an interesting toy (or her very attractive parents).
- Play Light Show with your baby. Go into a dark room and shine a flashlight around the room, focusing on different things for baby to turn her head and look at. (It's probably a good idea to lay on the floor while you're playing this one, in case all that darkness puts you ... er, the baby to sleep.)
- You've learned more about infant acid reflux than you ever thought you'd need (or want!) to know.
- You find yourself singing "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" while food shopping ... alone.
- You're suddenly giving advice about strollers to pregnant moms-to-be. With some authority, even!
- You're finally used to your new before-I-leave-the-house mental checklist. What was once "Keys. Phone. Wallet." is now "Diapers. Wipes. Toys. Bottle. Blanket. Keys. Phone. Wallet."
- You almost can't remember what it felt like to have that humongous pregnant belly.
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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.