What Your Baby Should Be Doing at 38 Weeks

Your 38 Week Old Baby

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As your baby is becoming more attached to you, he might also be becoming more attached to an object, like his pacifier, a toy, or a favorite blanket. This comes from a little bit of insecurity, since he is learning all sorts of new things.

As your baby realizes that you may not always be right by his side, he may decide to attach himself to something that he can keep with him at all times. Your baby may also form such an attachment if there is a big change in your baby's environment. If you have started leaving your baby at a new child care provider, or with family more often, or if you move into a new, bigger house, your baby may possibly attach himself to something for comfort.

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Week 38 Milestones

If your baby has mastered letting go of the furniture and standing on his own for a few seconds, he is about to learn to take new risks. You will soon notice that he isn't shaking when he stands and that he is now standing well. He might even start to shake his upper body, and dancing when there is music playing in the background. This is a new step of independence for your infant.


What Might Concern You at 38 Weeks

Do you have a hairless baby? While some babies are born with lots of hair, others are born with none. Many times when a baby is hairless at birth, it will be many months before hair begins to grow. For parents of little girls, pink dresses can get a bit old after the first several months, and hearing, "What a cute little boy!" can get older.

So when will your baby start to grow hair? There is no set time when it will begin to grow, but over time, normally by the end of the second year, your baby will have a beautiful headful of hair. Until then, just be thankful that you do not have to deal with tangles and shampooing every night at bath time.

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*Each child is different. Your baby may not progress the same as the information found here. The information here is based on the national average. It is not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your baby, we advise you to contact your doctor.
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