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Baby week 9

Your Baby Is 9 Weeks Old!

If you're planning to go back to work, the big day is probably approaching. No matter what your plan was before baby came, it's normal to be questioning that decision now that baby's actually here. Weigh your options with your partner, work out a plan that makes sense financially and emotionally, and remember that it's never too late to change your mind.

Photo: Christine Sandrock of Simply Bloom Photography / The Bump

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Itty bitty narcissist
Need to keep baby occupied for an hour or two? A small shatterproof mirror should do the trick. Baby loves looking at his own reflection -- only to him, it seems like another baby is starting back at him! Believe it or not, playing with his own reflection actually helps him learn about communicating with others. He'll also start rolling from side to side pretty soon, so make sure not to let him out of your sight (especially when he's on the changing table).

To-do:
> Plan a budget
> Keep playtime smart
> Connect with moms in your area

[ tip ] If baby's having trouble napping, try putting him in a sling carrier and walking around the house. The movement and closeness will help baby relax and give you a little workout.

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

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