My Baby – Week 35
Can you believe how many milestones your little one has reached since that first day you brought him home from the hospital? A little over eight months ago, your baby spent most of the day sleeping; and now, getting him down for a nap, or for the night, might be a challenge. During his waking hours, his likes and dislikes are becoming clearer each day. As his personality continues to develop, so will his expressions of independence. For example, by week 35, you baby may understand the word “No” when you say it, but he may not always listen.
By week 35, your baby has also probably figured out how to get into anything and everything. Even though she is still a few months away from walking, she might already be crawling, butt scooting, and maybe even climbing her way into trouble. It is even possible that your baby might begin to try cruising (walking around, holding onto furniture for support). You may want to revisit your child-safety checklist, and continually make sure that friends and family are helping to keep your house baby safe whenever they visit. Make sure they are keeping purses and bags off the floor and out of baby's reach, never leaving hot drinks or plates of food unattended, placing utensils in safe places when they are done eating, and generally keeping the room free from clutter.
How babies learn language
Though there are still debates in the process of language acquisition, it is clear that long before your child speaks her first deliberate words, she will be developing her linguistic skills. The first step in acquiring language is understanding what people are saying. In other words, comprehension will come long before speech itself. At first, it all must sound like a jumble of sounds; but as the months pass, she learns to separate out discrete sounds. By six months of age, you probably noticed that she was able to understand individual words, and the best example of that is her name. This word recognition progresses to people and things that are verbally referenced most often, like mama, or dada, or siblings' names. After simple word recognition, she will begin to respond to simple commands that you have rehearsed with her most often, like “Wave bye-bye,” “Give kisses,” or “Show me a smile.”