Your baby: Week 11
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What's the baby up to? 


Growth points


Your baby is learning so fast, you can’t possibly keep up with the daily changes in what he knows, understands 
and thinks about. Cognitive development refers to the way your child will develop language, solve problems and
learn about the world. 
 
The sensory-motor stage occurs from birth to about 12 months and your baby learns about his world through his 
senses. His eyes focus on bright colors and he responds to sounds by looking towards them. During this time of
sensory learning, babies also show interest in light and movement, such as a mobile above the crib. He'll begin
to recognise his own name. Between the ages of 6 - 9 months the concept of object permanence develops. This is 
the baby's understanding that an object continues to exist even if it is out of their sight. 
From birth to 6 months your baby’s understanding of objects is ''out of sight, out of mind.'' That’s what makes 
peek-a-boo games such fun for babies as they gradually begin to expect you to pop up again.


Take care of you...


Whose body is this?


If you've been breastfeeding, eating moderately and staying active, you may be back to your pre-pregnancy size 
(or close to it) by now. But your pre-pregnancy clothes might not fit quite the same way.


Pregnancy and breastfeeding often make permanent changes to your body that even fit women may be aware of:
A wider waist 
Smaller breasts and a degree of sag 
A little extra flesh on the tummy, even though you are back to fighting weight 
Wider feet so you need to buy shoes that are a half-size bigger 
Curlier, less manageable hair 
Changes to the look and feel of your vulva and perineum - especially if you had a tear or episiotomy


... and think about


The job dummies do


In those early months your baby may look for and use an object of comfort. If not a dummy, he may suck his fingers,
or his thumb or have a special toy or blanket that goes everywhere with him. In the first year, the use of a dummy
is fine and will often help him go to sleep and control his regular need for comfort. But as he gets older he will
need to be weaned off his dummy especially as he begins to speak. In a way a dummy is easier to dump, as a thumb is
always with him, so think carefully before you reject the idea.


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