• 45 Week Old Baby Milestones 👶

    Now that she is really working on perfecting her fine motor skills, you may find that meal times are getting more and more exciting for her. Her ability to grab smaller items may mean that she is reaching for those finger foods a lot more. She may also be showing more and more interest in using utensils to feed herself, possibly even perfecting the spoon-to-mouth routine. Keep the excitement going by continuing to provide a wide variety of healthy, delicious foods for her to enjoy independently.

    On the opposing side, some mamas may find themselves dealing with a picky eater. No matter what you prepare, she always wants the same old thing for breakfast, lunch... and dinner. As frustrating as it may be, this is most likely just a phase that will soon pass. Trust me, mama—I’ve had my share of picky eaters. Here are some ideas for how to get a picky eater to eat.

    No matter what side of the fence you’re on with your little one’s food habits, celebrate the fact that they’ve come this far. They’re learning how to be independent eaters (and thinkers)—how wonderful is that?!

    45 week old baby Griffin Mama Natural Baby Tracker

    Photo of Mama Natural’s son Griffin at 45 weeks.

  • You at 45 Weeks Postpartum 👩

    As your little one gets older and more independent in her sleep routine, now may be a good time to start thinking about sneaking away for a romantic night with your partner. But where do you even begin to prepare for such an event?! There are definitely a few things to consider before leaving for an overnighter, sans baby:

    • Is she able to sleep through the night? At this point, many babies are able to sleep through the night. However, this may not be the case for everyone. You know best whether a night away will work with her sleep schedule.
    • How far are you going? If you have any control over where you’ll be staying the first night away from your little one, try to keep it within relatively close quarters. This way, in the event that you get called back home, it’s not too far away.
    • Do you have a trusted overnight babysitter? Many mamas who live near family find it easier to leave their little one for the night. If you don’t have this built-in support system, find a close friend or trusting babysitter to keep you feeling calm and confident enough to take a night away.
    • Is baby developmentally ready? If she’s going through an intense separation anxiety phase, now may not be the time to take an overnight trip. Knowing and understanding your baby’s needs and reading their cues can be so important for that first night away.

    Bottom line: Mama knows best when it comes to leaving your baby for the first time. Trust your instincts. And when the timing is right, enjoy yourself to the fullest for that first baby-free night!

  • Genevieve’s Week 45 Postpartum Update 🌞

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  • Try This With Your 45 Week Old Baby

    • Start thinking about ways to incorporate sensory play and art for your little one (think homemade finger paints and a small sensory table)—this encourages baby's fine motor development and artistic creativity