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!
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!
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.