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Your Baby Is 47 Weeks Old!

As baby's language skills improve, you can start teaching her about manners. Say "please" and "thank you" whenever appropriate in your interactions, and prompt her to do the same. And, instead of picking up her toys while she's down for a nap, make cleaning up part of the playtime routine and encourage her to "help" however she can.

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Self-healing
Sucking on her thumb or a pacifier is baby's way of soothing herself. According to the American Dental Association, there's no need for real concern regarding pacifier usage until age four, when permanent teeth start coming in, but you may want to consider weaning sooner rather than later for an easier transition -- in addition to affecting teeth formation, it can also affect baby's ability to talk.

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[ tip ] Opt for short, manageable stories when you read to baby -- her attention span is only about three or four minutes right now. Trying to read for longer than that may cause her to get fussy.

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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City

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