Your Baby Development: 30 Weeks Old
How big is your baby?
This week your baby will be weighing around 17 pounds and measuring 27 1/4 inches if he/she was of average size at birth.
At this stage your baby is becoming quite accomplished. He/She may be able to stand with support, transfer an object from hand to and push up on his/her knees and hands, roll around and sip from a cup with help.
Your baby probably sits well enough without support for a fairly long time, and may even be able to get to a sitting position on his/her own.
As the leg muscles which are used to crawl are getting stronger, he/she may try and use them to stand, but he/she needs more than just strong muscles to stand.
Baby will need coordination, balance and strength in addition to the ability to plan ahead.
Baby knows how to attract your attention by “talking” to you or crying. He/She is also learning the meaning of “no” by the tone of your voice and your reaction. However, his/her curiosity may make him/her reluctant to stop what he/she is doing!
Baby’s sense of permanence is also improving. For example, if he/she drops an object, he/she will search the floor for it. If you hide a toy or object under a blanket, it is still there, even if he/she cant see it.
Baby Development Milestones This Week
- pushes up on hands and knees, rocks back and forth
- Holds two objects at same time, one in each hand
- uses fingers to grasp objects
- Understands that objects don’t disappear when hidden
Mental & Social Development
- Imitates sounds and series of sounds
- Is learning the meaning of No by tone of voice used.
Feeding Baby | Fruits and Vegetables
As your baby becomes more proficient at eating, you will consider adding different foods to his/her diet. Once he/she is able to eat pureed food, you may mistakenly believe that he/she can eat anything. Be especially careful with the following foods, until your baby has a full set of teeth, and you feel certain that he/she won’t choke.
- Raw foods which snap into small hard pieces, such as carrots, celery, green peppers, hard apples, hard pears
- Hot dogs, sausages, bratwurst. Slicing up this type of meat does not make it safer either. If you do want to feed baby these foods, remove the skin, cut each piece lengthwise and then slice into 1/4 inch segments
- Chunks of meat.
- Peanut butter.
- Fruit with seeds and pits. Core, then remove the pits and seeds, mash the fruit then feed baby.
- Thick skinned fruits. Skin first, remove pits and seeds the mash
- Olives, cherries and grapes, unless they have been cut into very small pieces
- Any food which is smooth and round and could choke baby
- Anything which may have bones in it, such as fish
Baby Care : Flu
Nearly every winter a flu breakout seems to occur everywhere. Flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory infection that usually lasts from 2-7 days. Flu can occur at any age, but it is unusual in infants. Symptoms of flu include:
- Sore throat
- Aches and pains
- Runny nose
- Disinterest in eating
If the flu strikes your family, use a cool mist humidifier in baby’s room. Increase baby’s fluid intake. Do not give your baby any medication unless directed by your pediatrician. Should diarrhea last for more than 36 hours, of has a high fever for any length of time contact your pediatrician.
Toys and Play
Your kitchen will probably become one of baby’s favorite play and exploration areas. With so many fascinating draws and cupboards, who can blame them. You would probably have baby proofed your home and kitchen, If your kitchen is large enough, you may want to leave a lower cupboard open, or accessible for baby, and place unbreakable objects in it such as plastic measuring spoons, plastic cups, containers etc.
Quick Tips For This Week