Keep in Mind: Biting at 30 Weeks Does Not a Serial Killer Make
Now that your baby is adept at reading your emotions and expressing preferences, she’s also obsessed with mimicking you and those around her, including siblings and other caregivers. Time to be on your best behavior (fucking hard, we know!)
If you do find that she’s picked up some, er, unsavory habits, be sure to gently but firmly redirect, particularly if she’s prone to biting or hitting. While there’s no need to freak out about “problem” behaviors at this point (biting at 30 weeks does not a serial killer make), it can’t hurt to begin teaching your baby about kindness, especially now that she’s in tune with the feelings of others.
This stage is the perfect time to begin reinforcing the concept of object permanence, or baby’s understanding that objects continue to exist even if she can’t see them — something she’ll grow to understand fully in the coming weeks. Try hiding half of her favorite toy under a blanket or article of clothing during playtime, then uncover it to show her that the hidden part is still there, even when she can’t see it. This will soon become baby’s favorite game as evidenced by her never-ending desire to hide your glasses and phone at every opportunity. Just remember: You may not be able to see or check your e-mail, but you’re fostering baby’s brain development in the process!