My Baby – Week 13

Your infant is becoming stronger and stronger each week! You have probably noticed that she holds her head up longer during tummy time and may even be able to hold some weight in her legs when you hold her in a supported standing position. Balancing however, is months away! She is probably laughing out loud when you play with her, or bring her favorite toy to her.

Speaking of his favorite toy, by week 13, he may be batting at his toys when they come into his field of vision, or he may even be picking up that toy for himself! Not only is he picking that toy up, he is probably inspecting it thoroughly, with his eyes and his mouth!

Sweet Relief!

She may finally be sleeping through the night, or at the very least, longer portions of the night! If not, don’t despair. Following a daily routine and making sure to get in plenty of feedings during the day can encourage night sleeping. However, some kids take longer to hit this milestone than others. Get rest when you can, and hang in there!

Teething

It may surprise you to know that teething can start long before you can see any teeth trying to poke their way out of your baby’s gums. So even though you may not see his first tooth until he is six months old, he may be feeling it now. Some babies glide through teething without a tear, but others experience pain, dribbling, and red cheeks.

Teething rings are a great comfort during these times. They are most effective when cooled off in the refrigerator. And be sure to pat your little one’s mouth dry if she dribbles a lot. This will prevent her skin from getting sore. Your pediatrician may recommend a pain reliever to help during this time as well. Don’t use any medications without first discussing them with your pediatrician, including those billed as “natural.”

Breastfeeding your Teething Baby

Ouch! Breastfeeding may have been uncomfortable for you to begin with, and now you have teeth to contend with! Keep the tips below in mind to help make breastfeeding a less harrowing experience. If your infant tries to bite you, immediately take her off the breast. If you continue to do this, she will begin to associate biting with interruptions to her meal.

If he bites, instead of pulling him away, pull him closer to the breast, gently, so that he is forced to breath out of his mouth. If his nose is pushed into your breast, he will have to open his mouth in order to breathe, and you will escape those tiny teeth with less discomfort.

Your baby’s first tooth however, doesn’t have to mean the end of breastfeeding. Most infants who try biting will quickly learn that it ends meals. This is usually enough reason for them to stop.

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  1. Avatar of nana nana says:

    I HAVE 13 WEEKS TWINS BUT THEY DONT SLEEP AT NIGHT SOMETIMES THEY SLEEP AT 12MIDNIGHT AND WAKE UP AT 3. WHAT DO I DO

  2. Great article. My son is reaching his milestones wonderfully and appears to be teeting. His mouth runs like crazy, however he is now taking his teeting rings and holding them by himself.

  3. Avatar of KITTYNOLAND KITTYNOLAND says:

    My son is playing catch up after over two months in the NICU!

  4. Avatar of Christina Christina says:

    Omg I love that my man is reaching his milestones. It’s so wonderful. I’m going to enjoy every second of this because he growing up! ;( I’m going to really miss all of this. Hes getting chubbier! He only says “mama” when he’s crying, which is okay. :) I’m so nervous about his teeth growing in. Hopefully he’ll learn quickly how not to bite when I’m nursing. . That’s going to hurt, especially when I’m not expecting it. He’s already teething.

  5. Avatar of Danyelle Danyelle says:

    Would this still be happening even though my twins where 6 weeks earlier

    • Avatar of Kim ShannonEditor Kim Shannon says:

      Hi Danyelle! Because your twins were born six weeks early, there is a good chance that there are quite a few differences (and maybe even issues) in regards to their weight, respiratory, and swallow-and-suck reflexes. They may also be a few weeks behind developmentally. But don’t worry about this too much – they will catch up with their peers in no time!

  6. really? no I know why she drools like crazy. great article

  7. Avatar of Kali Kali says:

    Does anyone know how to change my babies birthday? She was 2 weeks late so I’m get ting the wrong info

  8. Avatar of Tayler Tayler says:

    My baby boy already has two teeth right now….they came through his gums over the weekend.

  9. Avatar of PaulaPC PaulaPC says:

    I think mine is teething and has been for a few weeks.

  10. Avatar of Roxana Roxana says:

    mi little one has hold her head up since birth and she is also teething, she has been exclusively breastfed but now she drinks from the bottle my breast milk of course.. (she doesnt like formula), she smiles a lot, she talks, and she likes to be hold upright!!! she is growing so fast!!!!

  11. Our little one is trying to put everything into their mouth!

  12. Avatar of jessica jessica says:

    I feel so bad for my little one because she is teething and she feels the pain ouchh. i giggle alot when my little one is giggling out loud its so adorable .

  13. Avatar of fems fems says:

    I think my baby is teething also. He’s about to be 14 weeks old!!

  14. Avatar of __jackie4 __jackie4 says:

    my baby laughs like crazy when people talk to her

  15. Avatar of Amy Amy says:

    Good information

  16. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Hmm I thought she might be teething she loves chewing on her hands.

  17. Avatar of Tasha Tasha says:

    Good article very helpful!!

  18. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I’m glad this article said something about teething because I was thinking my daughter was starting to because of all the dribbling she has been doing lately but everyone keeps telling me no that she is to young…also my daughter was trying to hold her head up at birth after the midwife placed her on my chest…and a couple days ago she’s starting taking steps while being held upright,

  19. Avatar of MommylovesA MommylovesA says:

    My baby sucks on her hands cause she’s teething. she also rolls over,smiles when she sees me and has done so since birth.she holds her head up more and tries to sit up on her own gets mad when shes not sitting.shes has more strength in her leggs . she talks a lot has said hi around 3weeks and batting at her toys. and has been sleeping through the night at her 3month marker. she also makes a popping noise cause she just learned how to smack her lips together.

  20. Avatar of Cheyanna Cheyanna says:

    my little girl doesnt fully giggle yet but she sure does babble a lot and she is an early teether!

  21. Avatar of JennB JennB says:

    Mine still gets up once a night at abou 3am but eats and goes right back down. I try to put him down later around 10 but he is usually zonked out by 830.

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