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Your 30-Week-Old Baby

October 30, 2018

Your 30-Week-Old Baby

Your 30-Week-Old Baby
Your 30-Week-Old Baby

Milestone: Pulling Up

Doesn’t it seem like your baby is always doing something new these days? Rolling, sitting, crawling and soon enough—standing!

To prepare themselves for walking, most babies will pull up to a standing position sometime between eight and 12 months. It’s important for safety reasons to be prepared for this milestone ahead of time. In particular, lower the crib mattress so that if your baby uses the bars to pull up and stand (when you least expect it!), you know they’ll stay safely inside. Babies also love to grab onto furniture for assistance in standing. Dressers, TV stands and bookshelves should be mounted to the wall, or properly weighted, to prevent them from falling over.

And speaking of falling over…you’ll probably see a lot of that as your kiddo masters this new skill. They can stand, but they may not know what to do next. If they cry for help, guide them back to a position on the floor. Build your baby’s confidence by congratulating they when she achieve something new, even if it’s short lived and results in a topple! Foster these new skills by giving baby plenty of room to move and explore.

Remember: every baby does things on their own timeline. So don’t stress if what we’re writing about each week isn’t happening on cue!

Bouncing Babies and Jumpers

Need your busy baby to hang out in one place for awhile? Good news: nothing creates instant happiness quite like a jumper (for babies and us grownups who get to watch the fun!). These seats support babies as they bounce up and down—a new trick that never gets old! The results? Huge smiles, laughs, squeals and joy. Better yet, you can put your baby in a jumper and actually get something done around the house, knowing they’re in a secure, stationary spot.

Many freestanding jumpers are equipped with engaging developmental toys, a swiveling seat for 360 views, music and lights. They can be placed anywhere in the house (although large ones can be cumbersome to move). Want something a little more minimalist? Jumpers that attach to the top of a doorway have a much smaller footprint, but may be a bit inconvenient in a highly trafficked doorway.

Is your baby ready to get his bounce on? Check out Babylist parents’ top jumper picks.

When Do Babies Recognize Their Own Names?

You spent months and months deciding on the perfect name for your baby. But your little one won’t realize that it actually belongs to them until they’re around five to seven months old. To help make the connection, use their name frequently in conversation and emphasize it when you’re speaking to them.

While lots of other words don’t make much sense yet, knowing their own adorable name—and turning to look at you when you say it—is a big step for social development.

Your Body: Delayed Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression doesn’t always kick in right after your baby is born. According to the American Pregnancy Association, symptoms may occur as late as a year later. And if it’s not on your radar, the symptoms of PPD could come as a very confusing, unwelcome surprise.

What to look for: Life with a baby (in any stage!) can be exhausting, overwhelming and stressful at times. But if you feel intense sadness that lasts longer than a couple of weeks, and it’s getting in the way of your ability to care for your baby (and yourself!), it could be a sign of postpartum depression. Other PPD symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • feeling hopeless and/or overwhelmed
  • trouble sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling guilty and/or worthless
  • losing interest in things you usually enjoy
  • withdrawing from your family and friends
  • lack of interest in your baby
  • having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby

If you’re weaning your baby, hormonal shifts could also have an effect on your emotions and lead to depression. Joanna Goddard, the founder of A Cup of Jo, shared her struggle with depression after weaning.

While the symptoms and their severity differ for everyone, it’s important to talk to your doctor as soon as you notice anything out of the ordinary. This way, you can get treatment—therapy and/or medication—and start to feel better sooner.

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