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By the age of 29 weeks, your baby is well-acquainted with her surroundings and can respond to basic external stimuli like sound. But that’s not all; you might find a situation where she can be a tad bit demanding with her requests and will make no qualms about letting everyone know it. Are all these normal? Through this article, we shall guide you through what it is that you can expect from a 29 week old baby.
A 29 Week Old Baby’s Development
You can expect a 29-week old baby growth spurt that can be seen as switching into full gear. This can be on different counts. The most prominent of these are the milk teeth making their presence felt to the world. Your little one could have as many as three tiny teeth jutting out. You may notice that more often than not, they are a little crooked and not in perfect alignment. This is not a cause for concern as these self-correct over the course of time. Through regular practice, your baby’s hand-eye coordination is also likely to have improved dramatically. Additional, all that crawling that you’ve put her through has paid off, and you will notice that her legs are much stronger than before.
But it isn’t just physical developments that you notice during this time. Firstly, she is likely to grasp the meaning of simple words such as yes and no. Don’t be surprised if she responds to them in verbally. However, this response may not be the most refined in some instances. Secondly, you can you can expect her to develop moods such as happiness and sadness based on the circumstances. Lastly, her awareness of the environment around her would have expanded, and she would be able to differentiate between day and night.
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A 29 Week Old Baby’s Milestones
Some of the baby milestones that you can expect your baby to have completed are the following:
- With a strong muscular system, your baby would be in a position to not only sit upright but stand up as well. This standing up, however, is limited to being able to do it only with your support. While there may be some prodigies who may have mastered the art of standing without any help, it is unlikely that they can walk or even cruise at this time.
- Your baby’s vocabulary is basic and may even be felt as non-existent to some observers. However, you would not be wrong if you realised that what seems to be mindless baby babble is a language in itself. This means that your baby is well on her way to start to communicate with you in the near future.
- A 29 week old baby being fussy isn’t exactly a milestone in itself. However, it does indicate that she is learning the concept of distances between herself and the mother. There are largely two ways that parents go about this. While one believes that letting the baby cry it out will help them attain independence, others say that an immediate response will have long-term benefits as the child feels emotionally grounded.
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By this time, your baby is already grown up for the most part. You may already be giving her a steady diet of purees which are easy to eat and digest. However, now is the time to go the extra step of offering finger foods. These include healthy and easy to consume options like steamed vegetables. You can lay out a couple of foods in front of your baby and let her decide which taste suits her palette. One thing to be remembered before going ahead with this is that kids during this age still have a strong gag reflex. This action can sometimes be confused for choking, please bear this in mind while feeding your kids.
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For a 29 week old baby’s sleep can sometimes be uninterrupted for long periods of time. However, there are instances where broken sleep is very much in the cards even during this time. Some of the reasons include:
- Teething: As your baby begins to grow milk teeth, she may experience pain as a consequence. This will obviously affect her sleep cycle and can lead her to stay awake at night.
- Night feeding: While many babies may no longer need night feeding, there are others who would still insist on this. This is normal, and you must gradually wean the baby off this.
- Physical developments: As your baby grows at a rapid pace, the brain is also developing. A study has shown that when a baby learns to crawl, it affects the sleep cycle deeply.
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A 29 Week Old Baby’s Care Tips
- Avoid using baby walkers for your little one. Though it may seem as though it is helping, this assistance is an illusion. In fact, it is counterproductive as it prevents your baby from fully using her muscles, which leads to poor development and, in turn, delayed walking. Another problem that is associated with baby walkers is the probability of causing accidents. Babies get very curious during this stage, and the wheels attached make the device accident-prone. For instance, a baby walker may let the baby venture too close to the stairs unassisted, and lead to an unfortunate accident.
- A 29 week old baby is likely to be enamoured by just about anything that she can get her hands on. Expensive china, porcelain dishes, and crystal glasses would evoke a special interest, and may lead to the baby unwittingly breaking or damaging the same.
- Ensure that you lock all the low-level cupboards and drawers that contain valuable or poisonous items within your baby’s reach. Do not underestimate the dexterity of your baby when it comes to using her hands.
- Due to teething, there can be a case of mild fever for your baby. You can try feeding her some cold foods for relief, but make sure to consult your doctor, too.
- Cover all electrical outlets so that your baby does not receive any shocks. This can be done by using some scotch tape.
- There will be numerous instances where you may be forced to say “NO” as your baby gets increasingly active. While this is not an issue, continually saying no may lead the baby to start resenting the word, or even ignoring you completely. Instead, you can try distracting her, which can build her curiosity while stopping her from doing whatever it is that you wanted to say no to.
Tests and Vaccinations
Some of the standard vaccinations that need to be done during this time include:
You can get a tuberculosis test done, too, if one or more members of the household have active tuberculosis.
Games and Activities
Did you know that babies love to swim? They can start as early as 6 weeks, and are great at it! It helps to improve balance, muscle coordination, and overall muscle development. However, parents may be hesitant, and rightly so. There are a few things that can be done to put you at ease. Firstly, make sure that you take your baby only on a warm day. Babies are sensitive to temperatures, and anything below 29 degrees Celsius may lead to shivering. Secondly, put your baby in the water only for 10 minutes at a time, which can later be stretched out to 30 minutes. The moment you see her shivering, bring her out of the water, and dry her with a towel. Bring a warm bottle of milk as well.
2. Find the Ball
This is a simple game that can be played indoors, and helps in improving visual recognition. Take a ball that your baby loves, and hide it in the vicinity. The hiding spot should be simple, and she will be thrilled the moment she spots the ball!
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When to Consult a Doctor
Consult your paediatrician if your baby:
- Has a very high temperature that shows no signs of subsiding.
- Exhibits no emotions or expressions towards known people.
- Does not talk much and stays aloof, rather than being playful or active.
These are the basics that you need to know about a 29 week old baby’s growth and development. Enjoy this time with your little one, and capture your best moments with her on camera or in a journal!
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