Baby’s Development – Week 9
While you might feel slightly crazy pottering around the house chatting incessantly to your baby, you’re actually encouraging your baby to develop their words. Your baby is becoming fascinated with sounds and music. So keep up the chatter, play some music, and take him for a little dance.
If you’ve been breastfeeding, and have decided to change to formula, or have simply decided to start supplementing your breast milk, finding the right formula and bottles for your baby is the next step. Getting the formula right can be tricky, and it sometimes takes a couple of tries before you find the one that’s right for your baby. Choosing the correct bottle and teats may also take some time to get right, particularly if your baby is a finicky eater or was premature. Breast-fed babies can sometimes take some coaxing to start drinking formula, attached as they are to your breast! Asking around, and doing a little research online could save you and your little one some tears.
Baby fevers are normally a sign that your baby is fighting an infection. By taking his temperature, you can normally confirm your suspicions and you can then figure out the best way to act. A baby under three months is considered to have a fever when his temperature is 38 degrees celsius or over. When in doubt, always give your GP a shout.
Breastfeeding problems and solutions
Breastfeeding can be a challenge. You might have had problems from the start, or you might suddenly develop issues when breastfeeding is well established. It’s natural to worry, but most problems can be solved with a combination of persistence, advice and support from breastfeeding experts and other moms.
Time for the pump?
If you’ve been solely breastfeeding, and have started to dream of escaping for an hour or two with friends, now might be the time to start thinking about breast pumping. Machine pump or hand pump? Choose whatever you feel most comfortable with, and what you can afford.