Wednesday, February 23, 2011

17 weeks

Here is what is going on with Noah this week according to;

By now, your baby may play with her hands and feet for a few minutes at a time. She's quite fond of doing one action over and over again until she's sure of the result. Then she'll switch things up a bit to see if the result is different. Suddenly you'll realize it's strangely quiet in the bedroom and look in, only to discover that your baby, who until now has needed your attention for most of every waking moment, is amusing herself in her crib. You might be able to start reading the paper again — well, maybe just the headlines.
If you're the primary caregiver, it may feel like a reflex by now to step in whenever your baby starts crying. But it's a good idea to give your partner the chance to be the soother, too. Not only does this give you a break (which is huge!), it adds to his confidence level and provides bonding opportunities. There are plenty of techniques you can encourage your partner to use, but it's also important to leave him room to experiment and learn on his own. Remind your partner to assess the baby's needs (diapering, feeding, burping) and to fulfill those first. If crying continues, he can try to soothe the baby by holding her close, rubbing her back, or giving her some infant massage. Many babies are comforted by gentle, rhythmic motion, which helps a parent feel like he's doing something. Dancing, rocking, or swinging the baby may do the trick. Distraction is another popular method. He can try playing the entertainer with silly stunts, singing, and funny sounds and expressions.


This has been a fun week, Noah has started rolling over.  I put him down on his back in his crib for a nap, and came back and found him on his belly.  Whether he is placed on his back or belly he loves to kick and squirm around until he flips himself over.  He does it all with his legs though, and hasn't seemed to get the hang of using his arms to push and help him.  He usually has his hands shoved in his mouth while sucking on them and pushes himself up and over with his legs.  Now that he is suddenly mobile we have learned that he can't be left alone anywhere other than his crib, unless we barricade him in with piles of pillows.

more often than not Noah ends up napping like this now.  whether I put him down to nap on his back or belly he fights it and rolls around for a while until he wears himself out and passes out on his side.  we still swaddle him at night though, so he sleeps still on his back then.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Www, the rolling phase is fun! Lauren used to roll all the way across the room, but she could only roll in one direction so once she hit the couch or the wall she'd get stuck :-)