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Your Baby, Week 35

Mom lifting her babyDo you have bigger biceps since baby was born? You may—from lifting and carrying a little one who’s not quite so little anymore!

By eight months, your baby should weigh about two-and-a-half times his birth weight. If he’s a little under or a little over, it’s probably OK.

At your baby’s checkups, your pediatrician plots baby’s “growth curve” on a standardized growth chart. When analyzing a growth chart, doctors look for abrupt changes, such as a height or weight trend that suddenly drops off. This could be a sign of a problem. Your pediatrician also checks for proportionality in your baby’s height and weight gain.

Feeding cheat sheet for your 9 to 12 month old

Your child’s first-year growth spurt starts to slow around age 1. As a result, he may not be the same eager eater. Follow these tips to make sure you’re giving him a variety of healthy foods and avoiding the “clean plate syndrome.”

Soft teeth?

Children who inherit the family trait of cavities don’t have “soft teeth,” as many people suspect. Instead, a mother’s dental history may be to blame. But with the right habits, you can help prevent cavities in your little one.

Playpen safety

A portable crib or playpen is a good way to keep baby corraled while you work around the house. Check out these tips to be sure he stays safely surrounded.