What Your Baby Should Be Doing at 48 Weeks
Your 48 Week Old Baby
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You have reached the beginning of the last month of your baby's first year. A year ago you thought it would never end, and now you are probably wondering where the time went. Time flies when you are having fun right? Or so they say.
This is probably a bigger month for you than for your baby. Your baby doesn't understand the concept of time, and for a couple more years at least, his birthday really won't mean much to him. However, many moms feel a touch of the baby blues as it gets closer to their baby turning a year old. If you find yourself in this position, try to find support in other moms, possibly from a play group, who are having the same thoughts and feelings you are.
Week 48 Milestones
Your baby and his appetite will go through many changes. At about this point, his appetite might drop, while his interest in food rises. A baby on average triples their birth weight by their first birthday, but only gains a few pounds between their first and second. Don't worry about your baby not eating enough, as he will eat all he needs, and will learn early how to stop when he is full.
What Might Concern You at 48 Weeks
Everyone around you is excited about your baby's first birthday party that is just around the corner. Everyone but you that is. You might be more concerned about over stimulating your baby, and you have good reason to be.
Even a baby that knows everyone who attends his birthday might find himself a bit overwhelmed at having everyone there at the same time. Keep the guest list down to a select few, or better yet, have a couple of parties, one for family and one for friends. Keep the décor toned down as well. Remember, you baby doesn't understand or need a lot, and it is more for you and your guests at this point.
Make sure you plan the party at a good time for baby. Don't plan it for early afternoon, if you know your baby generally naps then. If he is overtired, he will not have a good time. Don't be afraid to let him eat and play in his cake. Many parents will choose to have two cakes, a small one for the baby to destroy, because he will destroy it if given the chance, and a bigger one for the party guests. Stay away from the clowns and other big "guests" for at least this year.
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