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Your 36-Week-Old Baby

November 29, 2018

Your 36-Week-Old Baby

Your 36-Week-Old Baby
Your 36-Week-Old Baby

Wait—Another Sleep Regression?

Just when you think you’re rocking a solid sleep schedule, your baby has other ideas.

Sometime between 8-10 months, babies may start fighting their naps, taking shorter snoozes and waking up more frequently during the night. This is a sleep regression, and you’ll know it when you see it (or shall we say, feel it…because you won’t be sleeping as much, either!)

Sleep regressions are usually associated with a surge in brain development. From language to physical milestones, your baby is learning a ton of new skills. They’re so busy practicing these cool new tricks that it may be hard for their brain to unwind when it’s time to sleep. Disrupted sleep due to a regression may last for a few weeks.

What’s a normal sleep schedule?

Each baby has their own unique sleep schedule. But in general, your little one should be sleeping around 11-12 hours at night and 3 hours during the day (spread across a morning and afternoon nap). Assuming your baby goes to sleep at 7 pm and wakes up around 7 am, a morning nap may occur at 9:30/10 am and an afternoon nap at 1:30/2 pm.

Riding out a sleep regression

If your kiddo is going through a sleep regression, try these tips:

  • Stick to good sleep habits. Don’t start new rituals like rocking your baby to sleep or adding a bottle or feeding session. While they may feel like a quick fix now, it won’t help in the long run.
  • Don’t drop a nap because you think your baby doesn’t need it. (Read Week 35 about dropping naps for more info!) Even if they’re trying to stay awake, keep up with your usual nap routine. Chances are they will at least get some sleep, which is good for all of you!
  • If nighttime wakeups last longer than a few weeks, there may be an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Talk to your pediatrician.

Remember, this won’t last forever! You’ll all get back to a good night’s sleep soon enough.

Eggs: When Can Baby Eat Them?

Eggs are a healthy, protein-packed one-ingredient food. Scrambled eggs are easy to make and easy for your baby to gobble up (a win-win)! Just be sure they’re cooked well and not to serve them until they’ve cooled down.

Eggs (along with milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish) are considered a highly allergenic food. Around 2% of children are allergic to eggs. As with any new food, it’s important to be on the lookout for allergic reactions when you first give your kiddo eggs.

Egg allergy symptoms usually occur shortly after eating eggs or foods that contain eggs. Symptoms include:

  • Skin reactions (hives or a rash)
  • Respiratory problems (nasal congestion)
  • Digestive problems and/or pain
  • Anaphylaxis (less common)

The Mayo Clinic outlines factors that can increase the risk of developing an egg allergy. These include:

  • Atopic dermatitis. Children with this type of skin reaction (more commonly known as eczema) are much more likely to develop a food allergy than are children who don’t have skin issues.
  • Family history. Children have an increased risk of a food allergy if one or both of their parents have asthma, food allergy or another type of allergy, such as hay fever or hives.
  • Age. Egg allergy is most common in children. With age, the digestive system matures and allergic food reactions are less likely to occur.

According to the AAP, if your baby has or had severe, persistent eczema or an immediate allergic reaction to any food—especially if it is a highly allergenic food such as egg—they are considered “high risk for peanut allergy.” Tell your pediatrician about any symptoms you see at home.

However, if your baby is eating solid foods and doesn’t have risk factors, it’s an egg-scellent time (couldn’t resist…) to introduce this power food into your kiddo’s diet.

Your Body: 9 Months In, 9 Months Out?

It’s probably hard to believe that you’ve been a parent for the same length of time you were pregnant! If you had high hopes that your body would be “back to normal” by now, you might be feeling discouraged if your pre-pregnancy jeans still don’t fit. Losing the baby weight isn’t an exact science and the whole “9 months in, 9 months out” myth just puts more pressure on moms to look a certain way by a certain date. Even if you’ve lost most of the weight you gained during pregnancy and are exercising, your stomach may be squishier and your hips may be wider. Remember, your body went through a huge transformation!

Instead of feeling bummed by the things that aren’t quite the way they used to be, think of all the things your body can do now. You’re able to carry a stroller the size of a Buick up the stairs with one hand. Your superhuman reflexes allow you to catch a flying noodle, without even looking, while washing a bottle. You have an uncanny ability to function on only five hours of sleep. And your heart is probably more full than ever. Yep, you’re pretty remarkable.

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