Your Baby Is 16 Weeks Old!
It's time for baby's four-month checkup, which means a whole new round of immunizations. Though baby may cry, it's probably harder for you to listen to than it actually is for her to go through. And remember, the tears are worth baby's health in the long run. Nurse or bottle-feed baby right afterward to soothe her. If you have any concerns about baby's development so far (maybe she's resistant to tummy time or isn't gaining weight), this is the perfect time to ask your doc.
Baby may start sprouting her first tooth (usually the lower middle) this month, but don't be concerned if those pearly whites aren't popping up just yet. It takes three years for baby to completely grow her first set of 20 teeth, so she's got a lot of time left. In the meantime, continue to admire her expanding baby vocabulary. She's learning to use consonants, so listen up for a "da-da" or "ma-ma"!
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[ tip ] When baby starts teething, massage your breasts a little before you start breastfeeding. Your milk may be taking a little longer to come out these days, and with baby's sore gums, any extra sucking will frustrate her.
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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City
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