torstai 20. tammikuuta 2011

11 weeks - baby’s first year update

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Welcome to week 11!

This Week Your Baby Is:

Interacting socially

At this age, your baby is starting to interact socially with the world around him. He'll start by making and maintaining eye contact with you and then responding to your face with a smile or a laugh. He'll also begin to be able to 'read' you face, so that if you look angry or upset he may respond with a similar emotion. It's not uncommon for a baby of this age to start crying if he senses that you're not happy.

By Week Eleven, he'll also start to babble in an early attempt to 'talk' to you and engage your attention. Try to encourage his attempts at social interaction by giving him a big response - lots of praise, clap your hands and exaggerated facial expressions. He'll love it!

Baby body language

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Music and your baby

Just like an adult, your baby will enjoy a variety of styles of music depending on her mood and temperament. Try experimenting with different types of music to see what rocks your baby's boat. Most will respond to music with a strong rhythm - although it's probably best to avoid this type of music if you're trying to soothe or settle your baby to sleep!

You may just find that your baby has unexpected musical tastes - it's not completely unknown for classical music enthusiasts to have a mini Led Zepplin fan in the house! There are also plenty of kids music CDs available to buy - although once the latest Hi-5 CD gets into your car stereo, you may rue the day you ever went down this road! Car trips will never be the same again…

Kidspot Tip:

Nursery rhymes and songs your baby will love

At this age, there's nothing your baby will enjoy more than an endless chorus of 'Sing a Song of Sixpence' (insert title of your nursery rhyme of choice here) - even if you're getting a little sick of it. Babies love and learn from repetition, so it's best to keep your repertoire small and try adding hand actions that you can do together (he'll love it if you guide his hands). Happily, your baby won't care if you're the best (or worst!) singer in the world - to him, it's all about the tone, the facial expressions, the actions and enjoying something together.

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