My Baby – Week 42
During this point of your baby's life, she is probably able to understand simple commands and she may even be able to point to something she would like to have, like a toy on the other side of the room. If she hasn’t already, she may drop the third nap of the day, relying on only the morning and afternoon naps to get her through. This may add some welcome flexibility to your schedule.
With their growing independence in feeding themselves and using sippy cups, there are bound to be messes and spills. Even the spill-proof sippy cups don’t stop all spills! Though it may be frustrating, it's important to keep in mind that most spills are accidents. Use opportunities like these to teach your baby about cleaning up after spilling. Grab a paper towel and encourage your child to help in the clean-up.
Though bare feet are best as your baby learns to walk, the outdoors certainly isn’t as clean or as safe as your home. Inside you can vacuum and sweep, but the outdoors offers a whole host of dangers to your little one's feet. When choosing shoes for your baby, make sure the soles are not too firm – this will allow the feet to move naturally. Also, stay away from high-tops, if possible. Low-tops allow the ankle to move freely. Of course, you should stay away from heels and make sure the soles aren't too slippery. And finally, check for a good fit. It's best to buy a shoe that is too big, rather than too small, especially at the rate your infant is growing; but you should be sure that the shoe doesn't cause your child to be unstable, because that could be dangerous. Be sure your baby’s heel isn't slipping out of the back of the shoe, and isn't being pinched. Also, make sure your baby’s feet aren't red on the heel or the toe when the shoes are removed, and make sure that there is approximately half an inch between the toe and the front of the shoe.