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11 to 12 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:
  • Everything is going in your baby’s mouth.
  • Your baby is producing a lot of saliva.
  • Your baby might have a bald spot.
  • Time to baby-proof your home.
How your newborn is developing:
Your baby is listening to everything you say. Listening to stories and nursery rhymes helps your baby to pick up on the patterns and sounds of language and may help when they are learning to talk. The more varied the sounds your voice is making, the more you’ll get their attention. Try singing too – it doesn’t matter if you’re tone-deaf!

Your baby is probably dribbling and drooling all over the place. You can put a bib on them to stop all the saliva from getting on their (and your!) clothes – you are probably changing enough outfits already. Your baby is also investigating by putting lots of things in its mouth. Everything they can get their hands on, in fact.

Babies often keep their head in the same position and rub it backwards as they look around. This can cause a small bald spot, but it isn’t serious and will disappear once your baby is up and about.

Parenting 101:
Being organised with your baby bag can help save time and stress when you want to go out. It is also essential to make sure you have a good supply of everything in the house. Take a look at our Checklists and maybe make a weekly checklist for yourself of things that need to be restocked often.

Your baby will be getting more mobile in the coming months, so now is a good time to start thinking about how safe your house is, and start baby-proofing anything that they could get into, crawl under or fall off.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Arrange your baby’s 14-week immunisation appointment.
  • Buy some new storybooks to read to your baby.
  • Buy a sports bra and some nice new leggings to use when you exercise.
  • Make a list of what needs to be baby-proofed in your home.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
From next week, you officially don’t have a newborn any more – as your baby turns three months old. Celebrate this milestone by going out for a date with your partner, or a nice lunch with your baby and your partner. Just don’t forget the baby bag if your baby is coming along!

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