Your 9-month-old: Week 3

Your 9-month-old: Week 3

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How your baby's growing

The torrent of words your baby has been hearing since birth is beginning to work its magic, although his understanding of words far outpaces his ability to use them. His babbling has turned to jabber and is probably starting to sound a little like real words, phrases, and sentences. Your baby thinks he's saying something, so respond as if he really is!

Your baby still comprehends more from your tone than from your actual words. He can understand when you're pleased. The more you talk to your baby – either directly or while doing other things, such as preparing dinner, driving, or getting dressed – the more he learns about communication.

  • Learn more fascinating facts about your 9-month-old's development.

Your life: Housekeeping woes

When you get to the point that the mess in your home is causing you stress, remember these three powerful words: Lower your standards. It's hard to keep up with the cleaning, laundry, and organization the way you did pre-baby, especially once your little one is able to move around and scatter stuff all day long.

To clear up some of the clutter and make yourself feel better, consider focusing on specific, attainable goals. Take care of necessities first and then move on to more complex tasks. Organize your home in ways that will make your daily life easier. If possible, splurge on some regular help from a housecleaner, or hire a professional organizer for a one-time overhaul to get back on track. Then make a plan of action – with your partner – to keep future messes to a minimum.

It also helps to talk about your frustrations with other parents. They're likely to sympathize and may be able to share helpful hints. (The perfect spot to do this: our Dealing with Housework Community Group.)

Learn about: Strep throat

Should I worry about my baby catching strep throat?

Don't worry too much. Babies rarely get strep throat even though it's contagious. Still, if you or people you know (such as your baby's older sibling) have it, do keep an eye out for symptoms.

How can I tell if my baby has strep throat?

Look for swollen, bright-red tonsils flecked with white. Other symptoms include a sore throat that lasts more than a few days, a temperature higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit (taken rectally), chills, and swollen or sore lymph glands under your baby's jaw.

What should I do if I think my baby has strep throat?

Call your baby's doctor if you observe any of the symptoms described above or if your baby has trouble swallowing, breathing, or opening his mouth wide. If your baby tests positive for strep, the doctor will treat it with antibiotics. Make sure you give your baby the full course of antibiotics, even if he seems better before all the medicine is gone. Not doing so may cause more-severe complications.

To help your baby handle the discomfort, give him lots of loving attention and try offering cool water to drink. Consult with his doctor before giving any medications for pain relief.

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