Baby Week 38: During week 38, your baby can do the following/milestone:

  • Climb very well
  • Can remain seated.
  • Sit up from the lying posture.
  • Cry when their toys are taken away.
  • Grab someone or something while standing.
  • Pick up small things with their thumb or other finger, so keep dangerous items out of your baby’s reach.
  • Say “Mom” or respond indiscriminately.
  • Play hide and seek.
  • Remember more specific information, such as where their toys are placed.
  • Mimic a move which can be from a week ago

How to take care of your 9 month old baby – Week 38

Babies now know how to put things in a box or container, and know how to take it out. Give your baby a plastic bucket and some colored blocks to practice this skill, make sure the blocks are not too small to prevent babies from swallowing it. Babies also love moving toys, such as knobs, levers or doors that can be opened and closed, large plastic cars that can be moved on the ground are also great toys.

If the baby’s toy is taken away, babies who are much more confident will resist you from taking it. They are also starting to be able to speak for their needs. It is recommended that you give your baby something new before taking your baby’s toys. Be your baby’s companion.Try rolling the ball to your baby and see if the baby will roll the ball back.Give your baby stacked and sorted toys to see if your baby can sort or get it to you.Babies like to share food at this time, so please kindly accept these gifts.

Health information for your 9 month old baby – Week 38

Depending on your baby’s situation, your doctor will perform a different physical examination.In general, however, there may be the following checks:

  • Physical examination, which includes tracking previous problems.
  • Development assessment.The evaluator performs a series of tests to assess whether the baby can sit alone, stand up without assistance, and reach out to hold something.
  • Your baby may also be asked to pick up small things, find items that fall or hide, or understand words like “dad”, “mom”, “goodbye”, “don’t”, and whether they can play clapping games or Peekaboo.
  • The assessment may also be based on observations and your records.

Needs and development of your 9 month old baby – Week 38

Natural Weaning

Babies may pause for several seconds while drinking milk, look indifferent, and distraction-prone. Although the development process may temporarily reduce your baby’s interest in mother’s milk, it’s not to be surprised if your baby wants to continue feeding.

All babies naturally wean on their own, but rarely before 9 to 10 months old. At this stage, the baby may show signs of natural weaning.You can encourage baby to wean by often giving alternatives to your baby’s nipples, including bottle feeding, formula or solid food.

Gradually reduce the number of pro feeding once a day and give the baby an alternative. First take off the daytime feeding, then cancel the morning feeding, and finally before going to bed. Distract your baby, and he or she may forget the nipples and get used to feeding bottles or cups or formula milk.

Learn to stand

If the baby’s legs are not ready to bear the weight of the body, then the baby will not be able to stand. Most of the babies will first fall because they are unfamiliar with this position. Once you find that your baby is frustrated, you should gently help your baby sit down slowly so that your baby can catch the feeling of doing it.

Reminder for parents

During week 38, you may experience the following issues:

Baby is becoming picky

Here are specific ways to deal with your baby’s picky mouth:

  • Give your baby bread, cereal, banana, or whatever he likes.
  • Don’t make the food too thick. If the baby seems to be tired of mashed food and is ready for new food, you can switch to finger foods that are soft enough for babies to hold.
  • Change the menu: The baby may be tired of the repeated taste.
  • Turn the table.Perhaps the baby is developing independent personality that makes him unable to sit. Let your baby eat it himself.
  • Do not drink too much water at once. Many babies eat little because they usually drink too much juice, formula or mother’s milk. Before the age of one year, babies should not drink more than 120 to 180 ml of juice a day, and formula milk is 380 to 720 ml.  If your baby still wants to drink, give your baby boiled water or diluted juice.
  • Restrict snacks. No matter how much your baby eats, you can limit the time of snacks only once in the morning and in the afternoon.
  • The way to lay the foundation for feeding the baby is to keep smiling, even when the baby turns his head away, refuses to open his mouth or eat the food. When your baby signals getting off the chair, that means he is full.

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