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10 to 11 weeks old

Katie de Klee
Your baby’s development, what you need to do and some great tips for the week ahead.
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Changes this week:
  • Your baby is moving their arms and legs more.
  • Story time is a lovely way to bond.
  • Your baby’s sleeping and eating is becoming more routine.
  • You’ve become a pro at packing a baby bag.
How your newborn is developing:
Your baby is getting bigger and stronger every day. Movements are becoming smoother and more controlled as they move their arms and legs more. They may even be able to lift themselves up onto their arms when lying on their tummy. Like a little yoga baby!

Your baby is also more and more interested in the world. They will love the sound of your voice when you sing and now is a good time to start reading stories to your baby. It’s a great way to spend some quality time together as your baby listens to your voice and looks at the pictures. You’ll be able to tell from your baby’s body language when they’re getting bored or tired. This is also a wonderful way for your partner to bond with your baby, so consider making story time something that Dad does.

Babies also start enjoying toys from the tenth week – if you are going anywhere in the car have some toys for your baby to hold in the car seat. You’ll probably notice they have a few favourites, so be sure to keep those handy.
Parenting 101:
You are no doubt getting used to remembering all the things you need when you leave the house with your baby – it’s not just the house keys you could forget; it’s nappies, wipes, bottle, toys, blankets… A bulging baby bag is the sign of a true Mom!

You can rest more easily now that your baby is (hopefully) becoming a more regular sleeper. If you are thinking about going back to work (even if it isn’t for a while) it can put your mind at ease to know you have a good nanny you can trust. Finding a nanny both you and your baby like can take some time, so there’s no harm starting the search early.

If the weather is warm, you can think about taking your baby swimming (in a heated pool if the weather is a little cooler). Babies love being in water because it reminds them of being in the womb.
This week’s To Do list:
  • Find a babysitter you trust or a relative to look after your baby so you can go out for the evening with your partner.
  • Take your baby for a swim.
  • Put together a bag of spare things you need when you go out with your baby – this saves you having to pack and re-pack the same bag.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
Your pregnancy stretch marks will never completely disappear, but massaging in body oil or lotion every day can help them to fade.

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