Baby Basics

Your Baby Is 44 Weeks Old!

As baby grows, actions that may seem like defiance — throwing food, banging objects, biting, pulling — may really be his way of learning. Discipline is essential, but so is letting him explore. Trust your gut and stay consistent in your reactions, and over time, you and baby will both learn what works best.

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As baby grows, actions that may seem like defiance — throwing food, banging objects, biting, pulling — may really be his way of learning. Discipline is essential, but so is letting him explore. Trust your gut and stay consistent in your reactions, and over time, you and baby will both learn what works best.

> Resistance to the crib?
> Sleep inhibitors?
> Night separation anxiety?
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Sound familiar?
Baby's personality and temperament are starting to show. Whether he's laid-back and shy or energetic and outgoing, this is your time to get to know him. The best part? Spotting the characteristics he inherited from you!

To-do:
> Clean baby's new teeth
> Talk to other mommies in your area
> Be baby's playmate

[ tip ] If baby starts biting you, pull him away, firmly say, "No biting," and then distract him with something else. Repeat as necessary, and eventually he'll get the message. (He doesn't know you aren't a teething ring until you tell him!)

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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City