My Baby – Week 11
By 11 weeks, your baby may be able to turn her head to look at you when she hears your voice. She may also be able to keep her head steady, and in line with the rest of her body when she is pulled up to a supported, seated position.
Though breastfeeding might be tiresome and formula may be burning a hole in your pocket, don’t be tempted to switch to cow’s milk just yet. In fact, infants should not drink cow’s milk before they are a year old. One reason to wait is that cow’s milk does not have any iron in it, unlike breast milk and iron-fortified infant formula. Therefore, switching your infant to cow’s milk this early may lead to the development of iron deficiency anemia.
Another reason is that infants simply have trouble digesting large amounts of cow’s milk. Remember that cow’s milk is designed for baby cows, not baby humans. Some dairy products, like yogurts and cheeses, are well tolerated by infants and may be introduced after they begin solid foods, with approval from their pediatrician.
Do you have an activity quilt or play mat for your infant yet? Activity quilts are full of visual appeal and may be the first place that your child tries to crawl. Right now, he will just enjoy lying down on this soft quilt, kicking his legs and moving his arms, batting or reaching for the toys above him. These quilts or mats are great for exercising motor skills and for stimulating his senses.
If you have had an activity quilt for quite some time, for a special challenge, switch the position of the activity toys. If you watch closely, you might be able to see your baby notice these changes and try to figure out what is different!