11 Week Old Baby Development

What’s up with those gorgeous baby blues? Plus, where did all this hair come from??

  • 11 Week Old Baby Milestones 👶

    Your baby’s vision has also come a long way since birth, and he is now able to see in color! Because he is still working on contrast, bright colors and patterns will excite him over lighter, more pastel colors. Now is the time to really show your little one the colorful world that surrounds them!

    That’s not the only sense baby is using—baby is now using ALL of his senses to explore the world around him! He is able to make connections in his brain that help in the recognition of particular sights, sounds, smells, and tastes! Keep your little one stimulated by providing experiences that engage all of their senses, helping them to form important brain connections for memory and recognition.

    • Smell: Consider diffusing lavender or orange essential oil (use only 1 drop per diffuser and diffuse no longer than 10-15 minutes.)
    • Sight: Provide high contrast toys and books, such as this.
    • Sound: Music to their ears is growth for their mind! Put on some of your favorite tunes and dance for your little one. If you have the gift of music in yourself, sit and play an instrument for her. If not, here are some great lullabies.
    • Touch: Provide him with toys of various colors and textures. Allow him to grab the toys (and mouth them if he so pleases!).
    • Taste: Consider making a ‘tasting toy’ basket, where your little one can explore their world with their mouth. These toys should be larger in size (avoid small, choking hazards) and made of material that can be easily washed.

    Help make baby’s world her oyster with access to safe toys with plenty of oral stimulation. If you haven’t already, begin to introduce appropriate toys and safe items for baby to explore orally—teething rings, large rattles, and of course, her own hands and fingers. Just be sure to keep small objects out of reach (any items baby handles should be at least 2 inches in diameter and 3 inches in length).

    If you provide them with these essentials for sensory exploration, you can open up a whole new world for their mind, body, and spirit!

    11 week old baby Levi Joseph Mama Natural Baby Tracker

    Reader photo of 11 week old baby Levi Joseph.

  • You at 11 Weeks Postpartum 👩

    Hair, hair, everywhere! Have you noticed your brush and shower drain are full of hair?! Around this time, some mamas notice some postpartum hair loss—not to worry, it’s totally normal!

    Due to the increased levels of estrogen during pregnancy, your hair remained in place (giving you that voluminous, beautiful pregnancy hair!). Right around the three-month mark, however, many women notice that all that pregnancy hair begins to shed, and shed, AND SHED! I found that I lost a lot more hair postpartum with my girls than I did with my boy—probably due to the bigger estrogen drop.

    My hair finally stopped falling out around 9 months, but it was a scary time and I learned a thing or two during the process! So much so that I put together a Hair Rescue ebook that includes all of my best evidence-based protocols to prevent, reverse, and/or grow back postpartum hair loss.

    In the meantime, try not to stress and know that this too shall pass. (Most of the time, our hair is thrown up in a messy bun anyway, amiright?! #momhair)

  • Genevieve’s Week 11 Postpartum Update 🌞

  • 11 Week Old Baby Reader Story 💡
    Just Don’t Give Me “Mom Hair”

    Baby Week to Week 11 Mama Natural

    Baby Natalie and her mama rocking that mom hair.

    My hair has been very thin and oily my entire life, and I dealt with unexpected hair loss after losing a significant amount of weight two years ago. When I became pregnant, my hair became very soft and full and any dandruff or excess oil disappeared—I had the hair I had always wanted.

    Then I had my baby, and my whole body dried up. I had dry skin, dry hair, dry scalp. My hair started to look lifeless. I started to find hair—lots of it!—on my bedsheets, too.

    There was absolutely no time to style my hair with a new baby, so I pulled it back in a ponytail… every day. I finally got so fed up that I bought a hat from target to cover it up. I was self-conscious about it and getting ready to go back to work.

    I read that getting a haircut can help boost confidence after having a baby, so I decided to cut 5 inches off. I wanted it out of my face, and I wanted it to be easy to style. But I didn’t want to look like my mom, so I opted for a trendy A-line cut.

    I hated it, so the next day I had more cut off. Now I barely have to comb my hair, and the short length makes it look healthy and voluminous. Yes, I do look like my mom, but hair loss is less noticeable… and, surprisingly, I love it. — Stephanie

  • Hot Topics for Week 11 🔥

  • Try This With Your 11 Week Old Baby

    • Try an infant water/sensory mat to encourage sensory development and more floor time
    • Take collagen for rockstar hair and skin

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