Your baby: 10 weeks old

Growth is bittersweet as you lament the tiny baby of hazy memory while celebrating longer sleeps and increased alertness. This is life with a 10-week-old.

Photography by Nicole Duplantis/Clothing provided by babyGap and Joe Fresh

Ten weeks—it’s kind of mind-blowing, isn’t it? Double digits mean you might start talking in months instead of weeks when you introduce baby, unless you’re planning to be one of the determinedly specific parents of the 130-week-old preschooler. Baby is growing by leaps and bounds at this stage, which means you might be unpacking those three- to six-month baby clothes and even—gasp—retiring the basket or bassinet that baby started out in. Growth is always bittersweet as you lament the tiny baby of hazy memory while celebrating the triumph of longer sleeps and increased alertness.

10-week-old development & milestones

Growth spurt

At the 10-week mark, your baby is likely developing adorably chubby arms and legs. If they haven’t outgrown their newborn outfits yet, they will soon. You might also need to adjust the straps on car seats, swings and bouncers to ensure that you’re keeping up with a bigger, taller baby.

Eating and sleeping

Baby is still sleeping 14 to 17 hours a day and eating frequently at this age, but their meals may be getting a little bigger as their bellies hold more milk and their periods of alertness grow longer. A lucky few parents have a baby that will sleep “through the night”— typically five or six hours at best—but sleep deprivation is still more common for most mamas.

Putting it all together

Your baby’s coordination will continue to develop. They may start to put together their vision and their grasp and realize that they may actually be able to grab that thing they see dangling before them. At first, the coordination is purely accidental, but with practice, your baby will soon be reaching for that favourite toy or dad’s eyeglasses. Though it’s too early for them to master the ability to grasp and hold the object of their desire, reaching for it and putting two senses together is a big developmental leap, and the rest will soon follow.

Sensory activities for baby

Dangling, squeezable and colourful toys are great at this age for baby’s sense of sight and touch, but don’t forget their hearing as well. Music, musical toys, soft rattles and crinkly stuffies will seize baby’s attention. There’s also plenty for baby to play with closer to home—at the end of their arms and legs, to start. You may find them intensely focused on their own hands and fingers for minutes at a time and even getting them to their mouths on command. How about the fun of spittle on their lips? Is baby blowing raspberries yet or discovering they can form bubbles?

Your life after baby

Breastfeeding in public

Vintage photo of mom breastfeeding her baby in public These vintage photos remind us all that public breastfeeding is nothing newThe good news is that breastfeeding in public is becoming increasingly accepted—even encouraged—no matter how many outraged stories you see in your Facebook feed. But knowing you have the right to feed your baby anywhere you want is different from feeling comfortable doing so, especially in the early weeks when you’re still getting the hang of it—and nowhere near able to do it discreetly. Read some tips on how to nurse when you’re out and about.

Stuff no one tells you

Baby massages

As baby’s bedtime and naptime routines evolve, you might consider trying baby massage to help both of you connect, cuddle and wind down. Some mamas also swear by giving their baby a belly massage or bicycling baby’s legs to relieve their gas pains. Here are some benefits and  instructions on how to get started.

The evolution of your breastmilk

Photo of a hand holding pacifier pop made of frozen breastmilk 10 cool uses for breastmilk that you probably didn’t know aboutYour breastmilk has already changed a lot from the first days after birth, when it was largely colostrum, but did you know it also changes during a feeding session, from night to day and when baby is sick? There are six magical ways that breastmilk changes to meet your baby’s needs.

Just for fun

Breastmilk gemstones

You’ve heard of breastmilk cheese, right? How about jewellery? The gorgeous creamy white stones are the latest way to remember the special bond you had with your baby—or even another mom. Read on for the intriguing start to this new mom’s business.

Want to eat your baby?

Maybe have a bite of their belly? Chomp on their chubby knees? Nibble their neck? Not to worry, it’s totally normal. Here’s why a little “cute aggression” may be a good thing for your relationship.

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