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11 Weeks Baby Development

Eleven Week Milestones

Your baby at 11 weeks old should be staying awake and alert for longer periods, and might even realize that there's a lot more to be learned and enjoyed outside of feeding, pooping, and sleeping. At this point in time, your infant will study the environment around them, and have their attention easily captured by colorful objects, and can turn their head towards you when he or she hears your voice. Continuing with tummy play time will help to further strengthen your baby's neck strength, and improve motor skills.

By week 11, you may want to go out for some dinners. The question is do you take your baby with you, or do you find a babysitter? The best thing is to entrust your baby to a family member or someone that you trust, so that you don't spend the entire time worrying about your baby and calling home while you're out. The other choice is to take your baby with you. With our children, we always brought our babies with us. The first time we did that was when our first child was around 6 weeks old. Fortunately, she was a very calm baby, and loved to sleep in her child safety seat. Every time we went out, she slept soundly, and even at times when she did wake up, she simply looked around her, and did not make a fuss.

Baby Weight and Height

At eleven weeks, an average baby will weigh around 11 to 12 pounds, and measure around 22 to 23 inches. These are just averages, and different babies will have different weight, length, and developments.

Your baby should be sleeping for longer hours during the night by now, and hopefully require a bit less feeding at night. You can help your baby establish a good schedule with a predictable daily routine. Have a regular bedtime routine - for example, dim the lights nightly at the same time, start singing your lullabies or read story books at the same time each night. These cues help your baby establish a nice routine and know when it's sleep time. And this makes it easier for both the child and the parent. Keeping up a nice daily / nightly routine like this does wonders later on as your children grow older, and they get into a very predictable and expect schedule.

Safe sleeping is very important for babies, and you need to choose carefully where your baby sleeps. You should always put your baby on his or her back when they sleep, and your baby should sleep on a firm, flat mattress. Do not put your baby to sleep on a waterbed, feather bed, air mattress, sofa, or any surface that is too soft. You should never leave a baby sleeping unattended in places where they may fall off, get trapped, or suffocate.

At 11 weeks old, your baby no longer holds his or her hands in fists, but with hands open or loosely clenched. The grasp reflex that they are born with is probably also gone by this time. When lying on a tummy, your baby will be able to hold his or her head up for longer periods of time, and may even be able to push up slightly using the arms.

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