My Baby – Week 10
Each week, your baby is becoming more and more interactive; smiling, cooing, and giggling may be common now. And, if you put the back of a rattle up to your baby’s fingertips, he may even be able to grasp it and hold on. He may shake the rattle to make noise, and laugh at the result. Keep in mind that each baby develops on an individual schedule, so these things will happen in time. If your baby has special needs, talk to your pediatrician about the best ways to help her with appropriate developmental activities and connect with parents who have children with similar experiences.
There are many safe and fun ways to play with your little one. If you don’t have the following items already, you may want to pick up a: rattle, some finger puppets, and even a beach ball!
Rattle Time – Place the rattle in her hand. Let her shake it as much as she wants, but be sure to give both of her hands a turn. If she isn’t grasping it herself just yet, you can hold it in front of her, or help her grasp it.
Beach Ball Time – He is probably getting plenty of tummy time, but you may want to add in some occasional beach ball time. Gently place him with his tummy resting on the ball. Place your hands securely on her hips, and rock her slowly back and forth. Many babies find this to be a soothing activity, and it may help move around any gas that may be bothering her.
Finger puppets – Remember, the sillier and more colorful the puppet is, the more likely she is to enjoy it. Move the puppet up, down, back, and forth. Not only is this fun, it will help her develop her visual skills.
Even common items that you already have in your home can provide hours of entertainment for your little one, so get creative. Letting your infant splash his hands and feet in lukewarm bathwater will not only entertain him but will help teach him about the world through his sense of touch – especially if you keep an extra soft towel ready to dry him off.
You may also want to take some time to gently stretch your baby. Two great ways to do this are to gently clap your baby’s hands together, or stretch your baby’s arms crossed, out wide, and overhead. You can also gently move your baby’s legs as if they were pedaling a bicycle.
At 10 weeks, she may finally be able to enjoy a baby activity center, with a soft mat and hanging toys. These toys are brightly colored and have a variety of items to captivate your little one’s imagination. Infants especially like items of different shapes and textures, items with movable parts, and of course, mirrors! All of these can be found on most baby activity centers.