Your 10 Week Baby
Your 10 weeks old baby is now ‘talking’ more. This includes making gurgling and cooing sounds. She also is working on her grip so you can offer her items to grip on including your clean fingers. Her fine motor skills are beginning to develop as she puts her hands in her mouth and plays with each hand.
She will likely be staying awake more and you will begin to see a pattern in her activities. You can use this to structure your day. For instance, if she is more playful during the afternoon and prefers to be held in the evening. Take note of that and plan your busy tasks for when she is happy to play by herself on her back. You can invest in a small play gym, on which she can lie and stare at toys and try to pull at them.
You at week 10 of being a mum
You may or may not be sleeping enough at this stage. If your baby wakes frequently at night, you may need to check in with a sleep specialist – you can find one on Babywinkz and schedule a free Skype consultation. This is also a good time to decide whether you will co-sleep with your baby in your bed or a cot or crib inside your room, or whether the baby will sleep in her nursery. Some new mums swear by putting babies on a schedule.
Some relationship advice is that your relationship with your partner will undergo a metamorphosis thanks to the baby’s arrival. Marriage tips for newlyweds: you may miss the days when you did not have a third wheel, and long for the carefree times of not having to worry about this precious, delicate, somewhat befuddling bundle of joy. However, if you use these times to talk through your feelings and to involve your partner as much as possible in child-rearing, your baby will draw you closer, rather than becoming a wedge in your
Make time for your spouse – he needs you even though you are exhausted and hormonal and focused on your 10-week baby. You need his support and encouragement as well. Schedule moments where it is just the two of you and you can talk about anything other than baby, and bond. These ‘date nights’ can be spent watching a movie on the couch, or taking a short walk around the estate while Nanny or Mother-in-law watches the baby.