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Your 50-Week-Old Baby

January 17, 2019

Your 50-Week-Old Baby

Your 50-Week-Old Baby
Your 50-Week-Old Baby

Baby’s Emotions—and Yours

Parents have a front-row seat on an emotional rollercoaster (sometimes steered by your baby, sometimes by you). Watching your baby become a “big kid” is a joyous time that’s full of ups and downs.

Infants may appear simply to have two emotions: upset or happy. But toddlers experience a full range of feelings. One minute they’re excited about rolling a ball and the next minute they’re anxious because a stranger walked in the room. And that hair dryer that never used to bother them? Suddenly they’re terrified by the loud noise.

Your baby’s capacity to experience emotions grows as they grow. They’re constantly learning from their environment, including what’s familiar (and comforting!) and what’s not. Children at this age are on a mission to be independent, but also want to be close to you. This creates all sorts of mixed emotions. You can do things to eliminate fears (like not blow drying your hair in the same room!) and calmly reassuring your kiddo whenever they seem distressed.

Play games that give names to the emotions your baby might be feeling. For example, play peek-a-boo, but each time you reveal your face, show a different emotion and say the name of the feeling. There are also lots of toys and books about facial expressions that help babies and toddlers identify feelings.

And don’t think we forgot about your feelings. Heading into your baby’s first birthday is an emotional time that’s happy, nostalgic and bittersweet. You may even feel sad that the tiny baby you swaddled and rocked to sleep is changing right before your eyes. While you can’t hit a pause button, you can take some time each day to simply be in the moment and appreciate what’s happening right now. Better yet, know there’s endless joy and excitement ahead!

Time to Consider Biking with Baby

Now that your baby is on the cusp of one (and growing bigger, stronger and more mobile every day), it’s prime time to try new activities together. Biking is a family favorite because it’s fun for everyone on board. Not only do you get one-on-one bonding time in the great outdoors, but it turns any outing (even errands) into an adventure. The earlier you get your baby on a bike, the more comfortable they’ll be on their own two-wheeler one day.

There are several ways to ride together—no pedaling required for your tot! Lots of parents attach a front or rear-mounted child bike seat to their own bike. Choosing the right seat comes down to your bike’s specs and where you’d prefer your co-pilot ride. Get the lowdown on bike seat options. Keep in mind: While many child bike seats are suitable for babies as young as nine months, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents wait until age one to ride with a child in a rear seat wearing a helmet. (Check out your best helmet options here.) So now you’re good to go!

Bike trailers, which attach to your bike’s frame or rear axle, are another awesome option for families. They can tote 1-2 kids (including gear). Their sturdy exterior frame is encased in thick, durable fabric with zippered closures. Little passengers are buckled in comfortably (with a sippy cup or snack in hand!), and shielded from wind, rain, sun and road debris. Plus, many trailers do double duty as a jogger or stroller. They’re on the pricey side, but grow with your kids, so you’ll use a trailer for years.

If a shiny new bike is on your tot’s 1st birthday list, try a multi-stage trike that gets children used to riding one step at a time. Babylist parents love the Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike and the Joovy Tricycoo. Both of these start out similar to a stroller in which you use a handlebar to steer your kiddo around while they’re strapped into a harness. Once they gain the coordination (and can actually reach the pedals!), you can remove the handlebars for solo rides.

Get more tips on how to bike as a family.

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