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Your Baby, Week 51

cute boy in khaki hatYour heart will leap the first time your baby says “mama” and actually means you!

Around this time, he can probably say “mama” and “dada” and follow a one-step command if you show him how to do it.

In the beginning, all baby could do was cry to communicate. Now, your little one is shaking his head “no,” waving goodbye, and pointing to ask for things.

He may recognize pictures of objects in books, and may point if you ask him where something is on the page. Even if your baby is not saying a lot yet, he probably understands much more.

Gulp...watch out for choking

Pennies, batteries, toys, oh my! If your baby gets her hands on any of these, they might end up in her mouth and—gulp—down her throat. Don’t panic, but do follow this advice.

Heart murmurs - what are they?

Your doctor may have told you your child has a heart murmur. While that can sound scary, there are many different kinds of heart murmurs. Some heart murmurs are not even related to heart disease. Learn about the conditions.

Don't battle at mealtime

Mealtime with a toddler can be challenging, because children at this age are striving for independence and control. It's best to provide structure and set limits. Read our suggestions for your growing toddler.