My Baby – Week 16

A typical trip to the doctor will include weighing and measuring, to help chart your baby’s growth. Most babies have growth spurts at different times, and just as parents come in different sizes, so do infants! Remember, the rate at which your baby is growing is more important than the size of your baby. Children are considered as failing to thrive when their rate of growth does not meet the expected growth rate for a child their age.

It has probably been almost two months since your last pediatrician appointment, so you may want to bring a list of questions with you to make the most efficient use of your allotted time. Pediatricians tend to be very busy, so bringing a list of questions is one great way to make sure you don’t forget to ask something important. Then, you can leave the office knowing all of your concerns were addressed.

I object!

As you may have noticed, your little one is becoming more and more vocal each week. In fact, you may be very familiar with your baby expressing objections vocally and loudly! This may take the form of screaming or crying when something happens that he or she does not like – for instance, if you were to take a favorite toy away. If your child has begun to do this, don’t worry, you don’t have a “bad” baby. Right now, crying is one of the only ways that your baby can express discontentment to you, and it is a healthy and natural thing to do.

Car seats

One thing your baby may be very vocal about is disliking his car seat. If this is the case, try these tips…

  • Is she in the shade? It may not be the car seat so much as the constant squinting that is bothering your baby. Try purchasing an inexpensive, secure shade to place in the window. This will shield her eyes from any sunlight, making her more comfortable.
  • Music! Does your baby have a favorite CD already? Familiar sounds may just be the answer. If not, create a soothing environment will help him relax. Bring some tranquil music for your car trips. Be careful that this doesn’t lull you to sleep as well!
  • Maybe your baby just needs some company. It can get pretty lonely in the car seat, especially because she can’t see much from that position. Having some company may provide a great distraction and help to remind her that she is not alone.

And of course, make sure you keep your baby rear-facing at least until age two, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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My Baby – Week 16

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18 comments

  1. Steven says:

    Where do you find the activities to try with the baby?

  2. Amanda says:

    My son doesn’t mind being in his car seat until my toddler pulls off the breathable muslin blanket I put over the car seat to block the sun, lol!

  3. When she’s not wearing a big coat when its cold outside she has problems with her car seat, but w/o it its fine

  4. Jessica says:

    My baby loves being in her car seat she LOVES car rides. The motion of the car always makes her fall asleep. My baby also loves looking at herself in the mirror, Try getting a mirror for your baby’s car seat.

  5. We have tried playing music around our baby and he just cries at the sound.

  6. Tasha says:

    Try sitting your baby in the car seat when your home for short periods at a time I found this to be helpful.

  7. Tasha says:

    Healthy babies my son is 4mths and

  8. Tasha says:

    This information is so true, I have definitely seen it with the car seat.

  9. sheenaholman says:

    My daughter is starting to not like her car seat, its weird cuz she liked it so much before.

  10. Grace says:

    my baby on occasions objects to his seat but not all the time, he is growing so big 3 months and 19 lbs and 6 oz

  11. ChrisS says:

    No matter what you do, my son hates his car seat. I’m afraid to take him anywhere even if a short drive. 🙁

    • Tina says:

      Mine does too. He would cry at the top of his lungs and to the point where his voice is squeeky. Sometimes we have a good ride to grandmas but that’s if he’s had a nap, fed and is freshly awake. Evenings when he is getting tired is horrible. I had a swaddle me wrap with a slit in the rear to swaddle him in his convertible car seat which I’d like to think made the car ride bearable but only for a short ride. I hear how rare it is for babies to hate their car seat but see on forums that it isn’t as uncommom as we may think. I hate going places with him now and people around me just don’t understand.

  12. Shrelle says:

    I no my baby hate her car seat nomatter what toy i put on it she just want to get out

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