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.
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.
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.