Week Twenty Five
Keeping her head up
At this age, all that tummy time is paying off - her head and neck muscles are now strong enough to allow her to keep her head level (as opposed to lolling backwards) when you pull her into a sitting position when she's lying on her back. As her head is so heavy, being able to hold it up as she changes position is a real achievement and means that she is almost ready to begin moving about unassisted.
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Helping your child with separation anxiety
Separation anxiety - your baby's fear of being physically separated from you - often goes hand-in-hand with stranger anxiety, and usually develops at the same age and for the same reasons. While separation anxiety can be upsetting for baby and parents alike, it's best to remember that it is a normal developmental phase - and that a highly anxious baby doesn't necessarily develop into a highly anxious child.
If your baby becomes very upset when you leave him, try practicing separation at home - wait until he's happily involved in play before you leave the room for a moment or two - so that he can become more used to it. And to help him confidently separate, ensure you never show him that his behaviour is upsetting you, or that you are anxious about leaving him. Your confident behaviour (even if it's faked!) will encourage him to behave in the same manner.
Get our tips on easing separation anxiety.
Breastfeeding an older baby
Just as breastfeeding gets easier - your baby is now having less feeds a day, attachment is easier, he's supplementing breastfeeds with solid food - many breastfeeding mothers begin to wean their baby off the breast. Often it's because they're either worn out, need a break from being needed all the time, are returning to work, or feel less of an expectation to breastfeed in the second six months of your baby's life.
If you're considering weaning, remember this: after six months of breastfeeding, you've done all the hard work; you've learnt all the tricks of the trade, so why not now enjoy all your hard-won knowledge? Breastfeeding your baby to her first birthday (at least) is the best birthday present you can give her - and you may find you get a pleasure out of it that you didn't have in the early months.
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This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz