Your 9-Week-Old Baby

9-Week-Old Baby

June 11, 2018

9-Week-Old Baby

9-Week-Old Baby
Here's what you need to know about bedtime routines, plus breast pumps and birth control.9-Week-Old Baby

Sleep: Creating a Bedtime Routine

Babies rely on you to teach them everything they need to know about the world (no pressure, right?). Before they’re old enough to ask questions you need to Google to answer, you’ll be teaching them the basics.

You’ve probably heard of babies getting their days and nights mixed up. Help them get their internal clocks on a schedule by starting to create a consistent bedtime routine, where you put them down at the same time each night. Following a consistent plan can also help your baby understand what this whole sleep thing is all about.

Schedules can be tough at this age, but try a calming bath, baby massage, reading a story or singing a song, and having a little cuddle time in the rocker to signal that it’s time to wind down.

Let’s Talk about Sex

To quote the ladies from Salt-n-Pepa, “Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be.”

Jumping back in the sack post-baby can be a bit scary, depending on what went down during labor and your recovery process. Also, you’re probably beyond exhausted. So if the only thing you want to do in your bed is sleep or watch Friends repeats, no one’s judging.

Even if your doc gave you the all clear for intercourse at your six-week postpartum appointment, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re emotionally or physically ready. Go with your own timetable, and if your partner is concerned, here’s one guy’s thoughts on how it went.

Remember, too, there are lots of ways to be intimate that don’t involve intercourse. If you’re up for it, play around with other ways to get it on.

Magical Moment

This week your tiny tot may start using his arms to support their body weight. This is when tummy time really gets fun, especially when your kiddo starts enjoying all the cool features on their playmat.

Choosing the Best Breast Pump

If you’re breastfeeding and want to feed your little one with breastmilk when you’re away—whether at work or just out running errands—a breast pump is a must. But which one is right for you? There are three types:

Hospital-grade electric breast pumps: heavy duty pumps with powerful motors (usually rented out from the hospital)

Personal electric breast pumps: most working moms opt for a double electric breast pump to efficiently empty both breasts at the same time

Manual breast pumps: a good choice for travel or occasional pumping, suction is created with your hands, rather than a motor

We’ve compiled the best breast pumps of 2018 to help you make your decision. Also keep in mind that many insurance companies will cover the cost of a breast pump during baby’s first year.

Style tip: Your pumping tote doesn’t have to scream, “There’s a machine that pumps breastmilk in here!” This super cute Ju-Ju-Be Be Supplied pumping bag neatly contains all the gear, making pumping at work a lot more stylish and way less of a drag.

Baby’s Sensory Development at 9 Week

Every day is full of new experiences for your baby. Eyesight is getting better, and although hearing has been fully developed for a while now, sounds are starting to capture their attention. Sense of touch also is getting stronger. Stimulating this sense is a great way to help your baby process and absorb all the sensations they’re feeling.

Fun fact: babies have a really strong sense of smell, even at birth!

Try this: textured toys Smush, scrunch, squeeze—anything goes when your kiddo is mesmerized by a textured toy. Toys like this adorable soft block from Popeline Co. on Etsy or this shape set by Manhattan Toy with their many textures, soft sounds and contrasting colors will grab your baby’s attention, while boosting hand-eye coordination and brain development. Here are some more fun toy ideas.

Birth Control After Baby

Not in a hurry to do that whole pregnancy thing again? Even if you’re breastfeeding and haven’t gotten your period yet, you still need birth control. Despite the myths, there’s no guarantee you can’t get pregnant.

There are five categories of birth control (and lots of choices within each category):

  • Hormonal methods
  • Barrier methods
  • Intrauterine devices
  • Natural methods
  • Emergency methods

Every woman’s body is different, so it’s important to figure out what’s best for you.

Hormonal birth control is probably something you’re already a little familiar with. There are combo pills that have both estrogen and progestin. This type can mess with your breast milk supply, so if you plan to nurse, look to progestin-only pills (sometimes called POP or “the mini pill”).

If you can’t remember to take a pill at the same time everyday, an IUD or implant may be a good choice. There are hormonal and non-hormonal options, and they typically last anywhere from 3-10 years before you need to replace them. If you’re interested in this method, talk with your doctor about how long after birth you need to wait before getting one implanted.

Of course there’s always condoms, spermicides, the family awareness method, the withdrawal method and good old abstinence. Whatever method you prefer, be sure you discuss it with your doctor about your age, health and lifestyle to determine which method could be right for you.

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