7-Month-Fourth Week (31weeks)
How your baby’s growing
By now your baby’s emotions are becoming more obvious. She may blow a kiss to familiar people, and even repeat it if you clap in appreciation.
Over the next few months, your baby may learn to assess and imitate moods and might show the first stirrings of empathy. For instance, if she hears someone crying, she may start crying, too. And even though your baby’s just beginning to learn about her emotions, she’s picking things up from you. Over the many months (and years) to come, your baby will probably copy the way she sees you treat people.
How your life’s changing
Everybody loves a shortcut. Here are a few to make your life easier:
Pre-prepare your food. Some parents swear by preparing servings of baby food, snacks, and a set number of family meals ahead of time in advance and then drawing from the supply (and replenishing it) as needed.
Organised supplies. Keep things you use regularly in fixed locations so they’re there when you need them. Establishing a nappy-changing station on each floor of your home is one great trick. Have a changing bag well stocked at all times so you can just grab it and go. Store all your baby’s bathing and feeding supplies in special plastic baskets that you put in the same place every time, so you don’t have to go hunting for what you want.
Involve your baby. Taking baths with your baby saves time and can be fun. Making a game of some household chores, such as folding laundry (babies love to crawl in the pile) or tidying up your baby’s room, allows you to take care of her, have fun and get work done at the same time.