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Those first few weeks with your new baby can be magical, but they can also be hard.
Learning how to feed your baby, help her sleep and understand her constant needs can keep you on your toes — or asleep on your feet.
But if something is troubling you today, don’t worry too much.
You might be surprised how different some parts of your baby’s life can be from one week to the next at this stage.
Month 1: Your Baby's Development
Here’s something to help ease your mind:
Life for your baby is pretty simple right now. All that really matters to her is eating every couple of hours, sleeping safely and frequently, having a clean diaper and getting lots of love.
That’s it. But for you as a new mother and all that involves, life may feel considerably more complicated.
So focus on just those essentials — your baby’s basic needs. They’ll be plenty to keep you busy as you slowly get the hang of things.
This is the time to put laundry, cleaning and other chores on hold as much as you can. Ask your family or friends for help.
Order dinner in if you can, or ask a friend to bring you some of hers.
Don’t bother keeping up with email.
Consult your health care professional or a lactation consultant if you need some help in the feeding department.
How Does Baby Look?
Despite what movies might have you believe, newborns don’t emerge from the womb picture-perfect — it often takes a few weeks or months for your baby to turn into the angelic-looking cherub you might have been expecting.
From a flattened nose (you try squeezing through a birth canal and see if your nose comes out cute as a button!) to a cone-shaped head (especially prominent if you were pushing for a long time), your child is beautiful as she is, and your newborn baby’s appearance will change quickly over the following weeks. You can ask your doctor about any features that might concern you.
Right from the first day, your baby has a set of reflexes designed to protect her and ensure she gets the care she needs (even if your parenting instincts haven’t kicked in yet).
Some of these early reflexes include the rooting reflex (which helps her locate the breast or bottle for feeding), the sucking reflex (to help her eat), the Palmar reflex (this is the one that makes her grip your finger when you put it in her palm), and the Moro reflex (the jumpy reaction she has when startled).
You can try checking your baby for these and other first-year reflexes, but keep in mind that your results may vary and will probably be less reliable than those of the doctor.
All of your baby’s senses are at work from the moment she’s born, including:
Her puffy eyes may match yours.
But unlike yours, your brand new baby’s eyes are swollen from delivery, and perhaps the protective antibiotic eye ointment administered right after birth.
Her vision is a little blurry — but she’s able to see your face and other close-up objects.
Just be sure to hold them 8 to 12 inches in front of her, which is her range of vision. You may also notice that her eyes sometimes cross.
That’s because the muscles that control eye movement aren’t yet fully developed and is nothing to worry about.
While her hearing isn’t completely developed, your child is already familiar with your voice and other sounds that she heard often in the womb.
Her sense of taste is highly developed, and she can differentiate between sweet and bitter — with a preference towards the sweet stuff (breast milk and formula fit the bill perfectly).
Soon after her arrival, she’ll recognize your scent.
This sense is the most developed at birth.
Through touch, your baby learns the softness of your face, that nothing is more rewarding than a cuddle, and that she’s loved by those who care for her.
Being squished in your uterus and then pushed through the narrow birth canal means your baby’s body will be kind of scrunched up for some time.
Her hands are in little fists, and her arms and legs are tucked closely to her body. No worries.
Her muscles will relax during the next few weeks.
Swollen Sex Organs
Worried about that swollen scrotum on your baby boy or those swollen labia on your little girl? It’s perfectly normal and temporary.
They’re due to hormones of yours still circulating in your newborn’s body. They’ll be down to baby proportions before you know it.
Those same hormones are also responsible for any milky discharge leaking from the nipples (a possibility for both boy and girl babies) and vaginal discharge (which can sometimes be tinged with blood).
As with the swelling, the discharge should go away within a week or two.
Though your baby may have weighed in at 7 pounds at birth, don’t be surprised if she drops some weight (about 5 to 10 percent). The reason for the decrease: normal post-delivery fluid loss.
Your newborn’s weight should stop dropping by the time she’s 5 days old. By around 10 to 14 days (and sometimes sooner), she’ll regain and surpass her birth weight.
Check in with your doctor if you’re breastfeeding and can’t tell if your baby is getting enough milk.
Newborn babies sleep a lot — just not all at one time.
Expect your baby to sleep about 14 to 17 hours a day or more, waking frequently for feedings.
It can be up to 19 or 20 or under 14, though the National Sleep Foundation says newborns need 14 to 17 hours.
The “average” newborn sleeps about 16.5 hours between daytime and nighttime snoozing, though there’s a wide range of what’s normal.
Breastfed babies typically need to eat every two to three hours, and formula-fed babies (or those who take a combo of breast milk and formula) usually eat every three to four hours.
Feed your baby on demand, rather than by the clock, though.
After a month, you may be able to spread out feedings a little more.
This can take some getting used to for new parents, especially if you factor in the time it takes to feed the baby and then help her get back to sleep.
Then repeat and repeat some more.
If you are breastfeeding, try to pump some breast milk so your partner or a friend can take a shift occasionally.
One good strategy that you’ve heard a zillion times by now: Try your best to sleep when she sleeps.
It will make a difference, even if you just get a cat nap.
When your baby is in dreamland, be sure she is sleeping in 100 percent safe conditions: placed on her back on a firm mattress with no pillows, blankets, stuffed animals or crib bumpers, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
How Much Milk Baby Needs
Babies eat a lot during those first few weeks — at least eight to 12 times (or more) in a 24-hour period.
Chalk it up to her tiny tummy size and the incredible growth, both physical and mental, that she’s undergoing these first weeks and months.
Since your breasts and baby don’t come with a built-in meter, it can be difficult to gauge if and when your baby’s had enough to eat.
But there are a few clues: If your baby seems happy, her weight gain is appropriate for her age, and she’s making enough dirty diapers (eight to 12 on any given day), she’s probably getting enough.
That said, breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally — and there are plenty of feeding tricks to master and issues to solve in these first few weeks, from the breastfeeding latch to mastitis and other common breastfeeding problems.
Need more help? Check these breastfeeding 101s along with some bottle-feeding basics.
Tracking Dirty Diapers
Speaking of dirty diapers, you can expect a whole lot from your newborn’s bowel movements in the first few weeks.
First poops are usually black and sticky — that’s the meconium that filled your baby’s intestines while in utero.
That will transition after a day or two to greenish yellow stools, and a few days a later to “regular” baby poops.
Prolific poop — at least five diapers a day for breastfed babies, sometimes more — is normal during the first month.
Your baby’s poop should look mustard yellow, green or brown, and it’ll be pasty or seedy.
By about week 6, the number of poopy diapers may level off, and your baby might even skip a day or two between BMs.
Month 1: Your Baby's Health
There’s no doubt that newborns cry — it’s how they communicate! Whether you have a calm baby or a fussy one, you’ll start to get used to all the variations of those little whimpers and wails this first month.
In fact, crying can be a sign a baby is healthy.
If your little one doesn’t cry much, especially when you know she may need something, see your doctor right away.
But what if she seems to cry all the time? Some babies just cry more than others.
Studies show that 80 to 90 percent of babies have daily crying sessions from 15 minutes to an hour that are not easily explained.
Sometimes these sessions are predictable — in the evening or after a busy day out of the house, for example. Sometimes they just pop up like an unexpected summer storm.
Make sure she isn’t hungry, doesn’t need a diaper change, and hasn’t had something uncomfortable happen, like a thread wrapped around a toe or a scratchy tag bothering her neck.
If all that is in check, help her through it the best you can: Rock her, walk her, sing to her or cuddle her.
It may take several tries to help her calm down.
But if you feel yourself losing patience or are just plain worn out, it’s okay to put her down somewhere safe like her crib for a few minutes. She may even surprise you and drift off to sleep by herself.
Some parents wonder if their baby has colic.
A colicky baby will often have symptoms beyond simply crying:
Balled-up fists, tightly closed or wide open eyes, knees pulled up to her chest, flailing limbs, gas and short bouts of held breath are all common.
Doctors usually diagnose colic using “the rule of threes”: three hours of crying, three days a week, lasting for at least three weeks.
About 1 in 5 newborns has crying spells that are severe enough to be called colic.
Though there are strategies for soothing baby’s cries, including those of colicky infants, sometimes nothing seems to work.
A few things the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: swaddling baby, applying firm pressure to her tummy, changing your diet if you’re nursing in case there’s a food sensitivity or gas, offering a pacifier, holding baby, running a hair dryer or other noise-maker that might remind her of sounds in the womb, etc.
The best thing you can do to get through colic is to try to stay calm and take turns with a partner or caregiver in giving your baby attention.
While colic usually starts around week 2 or 3 of a baby’s life, it most often peaks in severity around week 6.
By month 3 or 4, your baby likely won’t be crying any more than any other baby.
So remember, when you think you can’t take much more crying: It’s just a stage!
More Health 101s This Month:
Umbilical cord healing: Whether your baby came into this world via a vaginal birth, C-section, or speedy side-of-the-road delivery, all newborns have one thing in common: a stumpy, shriveled umbilical cord where the belly button should be.
The umbilical cord stump should fall off within the first few weeks of your little one’s life; until then, make sure to keep it clean and dry.
Give your pediatrician a call if you notice foul-smelling discharge or the site still looks open and raw two weeks after the cord has fallen off.
You might notice odd-looking bulges and bumps on your babe’s belly when she cries or moves in certain ways.
What you’re likely seeing is an umbilical hernia — and don’t worry, it’s not dangerous.
When your baby was receiving nutrients through her umbilical cord (back when she was still inside of you), a thick bundle of blood vessels entered her body through the middle of her abdomen — creating a small circular hole in her stomach muscles.
Often, that gap remains for a short time after birth, causing the intestines to bulge out when your child strains.
Small umbilical hernias usually resolve themselves within a few months, larger ones in a couple of years.
In fact, most doctors won’t recommend surgery for a hernia until age 6 or 7 years old.
If you chose to get your baby boy circumcised, you might be wondering just what is normal when it comes to his penis. Like the healing umbilical cord, a newly circumcised penis should be kept clean and dry — that means no baths until your baby’s circumcised penis heals (it’ll take about seven to 10 days).
Some oozing and even occasional bleeding around the surgical site is totally normal; in fact, it’s part of the body’s natural healing process.
Month 1: Baby Milestones
Most babies will be able to:
- Lift head briefly during supervised tummy time
- Focus on a face
- Bring hands to face
- Suck well
- Half of babies will be able to:
- Respond to a loud noise in some way
- Some babies will be able to:
- Lift head 45 degrees when on tummy
- Vocalize in ways other than crying
- Smile in response to a smile
- Month 1: For Parents
Welcome to your new life as a parent! You’ve made it through many weeks of pregnancy and then childbirth — and you now have a bundle of joy to show for it.
That also means you may have a host of postpartum symptoms to show for it, too — from hemorrhoids, incontinence and vaginal soreness (especially if you had a perineal tear or episiotomy during delivery), to constipation, backache and sore nipples (especially if you’re breastfeeding).
As your body recovers and your newborn settles into a routine, you will start to feel human again.
In the meantime, try to put your aches, pains, fatigue and worries aside and enjoy this wonderful time with your new baby.
Gaze into her eyes, stroke her soft skin, smell her sweet scent and know that life will never be the same again — for good reason.
Your Postpartum Body
The experience of labor and delivery is so physically grueling that the first six to eight weeks postpartum are considered a “recovery period.”
You’ll need all the help you can get this month as your body mends and you adjust to life with baby — so try to baby yourself too as much as you can by eating right, getting rest and enlisting support from family, friends and maybe even paid professionals (studies show that doulas and lactation consultants can help moms bond with baby and breastfeed).
If you had a C-section, you’ll also have surgery to recover from.
Anesthesia and blood loss can leave you feeling weak the first few days, and your incision may continue to feel sore and sensitive for at least four to six weeks.
Cover it with a light dressing, wear loose clothing, and take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or Aleve if the pain lingers (just check with your doctor first).
You’ll need to scale back your activity and avoid putting strain on your incision for a while to encourage healing — though as soon as you feel able, try to take short walks around the house to encourage circulation (it can also help to relieve any discomfort you might be feeling from gas and constipation).
What other changes to your body can you expect this month? Breast engorgement usually occurs two to five days after delivery:
That’s when your milk comes in, causing your breasts to become rock-hard and tender.
Be prepared with a warm washcloth to encourage milk flow, a comfortable bra and cold packs or heating pads that you can apply to your breasts as needed to help manage the pain and discomfort after nursing.
You’ll also experience heavy bleeding called lochia that will require you to wear sanitary pads until it tapers off — usually after two to four weeks.
Contractions called after-pains that help the uterus shrink back to normal size also kick in after childbirth.
Know, too, that it will take several months (or longer) to shed the baby weight entirely (and many new moms hold onto a few extra pounds after baby) — so don’t even think about it now, and be sure to talk to your doctor before attempting any kind of exercise.
While your focus these days is, naturally, on keeping your baby healthy, that becomes a whole lot harder if you don’t stay healthy yourself.
So make your health a priority too. Turn in early for the night, and nap when your baby does — even if it’s just for 15 minutes, you’ll wake up feeling surprisingly refreshed.
Keep a supply of easy-to-grab, nutrition-packed foods on hand, like cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit and ready-cut vegetables so you can graze frequently (know that your nutritional needs will be greater if you’re breastfeeding).
Finally, practice bottle- or breastfeeding positions to minimize back pain; you might even want to treat yourself to a massage from your partner if you have one or a professional.
Your emotions will be put through the ringer too this month, thanks to fluctuating hormones and scant sleep — and you might feel weepy, overwhelmed, irritable and anxious as a result.
These feelings are normal and usually go away within a few weeks after birth. But sometimes the feelings of depression linger and turn into something more serious, which is why it’s important to recognize the signs of postpartum depression (PPD).
The AAP recommends that pediatricians screen for PPD at the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6-month visits, although many still don’t.
If yours doesn’t (and especially if you think you’re suffering from depression), ask to be screened.
Depression isn’t something you should just “suffer through,” and you definitely shouldn’t be ashamed to get the help that you — and your baby — need.
Every couple feels like a pair of walking zombies during their first month at home with baby (and often for much longer than that).
Both of you are going through an emotional time, so share as much of the experience and work as possible.
Although sex likely isn’t part of the picture this month, it will eventually get back to normal.
In the meantime, give each other a massage, go on a walk, or have a quiet meal together, and show your love and appreciation through cuddling, hugging, kissing and kind words.
Things to Do With Your 1-Month Old Baby
You may think your itty-bitty baby can’t do much of anything, let alone play…but you’re in for a happy surprise.
Even the newest newbie can bond with the most special person in their world — you.
While you’re enjoying this one-on-one time, she’ll learn how to identify you by sight and sound at the same time you’re helping her to develop motor and cognitive skills.
All of the following activities cater to your one-month-old baby’s blurry vision (newborns are only able to see as far as their own arm’s length) and stimulate her social, visual and emotional development as well as listening skills.
Choose a time when your baby isn’t hungry, tired or sporting a wet diaper, and stop if she keeps turning her head away (newborns can easily get overstimulated).
Get silly. Infants are hard-wired to be fascinated by human faces since it ensures they can quickly zero in on and bond with those who care for them — so and make a few silly expressions at her (sticking your tongue out is a perennial fave).
Here’s the best part: She may even try to copy you — even tiny infants can imitate facial expressions!
Hold your baby close to your face, supporting that wobbly head and neck, and tell her a story, ask questions, or sing.
The gentle back-and-forth of your “conversation” is what cements baby’s trust, since it conveys that you’re interested in her and can be counted on to respond to her.
Mimicking her sounds encourages her to coo and gurgle all the more.
Play ball! Shake a bright-colored (not pastel; babies this young see high-contrast patterns and colors better) ball or rattle next to her and she’ll turn her head to find it.
This earliest version of “hide and seek” strengthens neck muscles — plus it’s adorable!
Take a walk.
Strap your baby into a carrier or stroller and head outside together.
Describe the sights you see along the way — people, cars, dogs, houses.
The fresh air and movement will benefit you both, plus the activity helps raise your energy levels.
Your 2-Week-Old Baby's Development
It may not seem like your baby is doing much of anything these days — besides eating, sleeping and pooping.
But she’s actually using her baby brain plenty, cycling between intently watching what’s going on around her (called the quiet alert mode), moving actively, and even making small sounds (called the active alert mode).
She’s also crying, sleeping (in either the quiet sleep or active sleep mode), and spending time in a drowsy phase (when baby’s either about to fall asleep or just waking up).
Watch carefully, and over time you’ll be able to respond to your baby’s different states of mind.
Though your baby seems like a helpless newborn, she’s making lots of developmental strides this week, including being able to focus on a face with her sweet little eyes.
And speaking of those eyes, it’s too early to know for sure what color they’ll end up being.
Most light-skinned babies are born with dark blue or slate-colored eyes, and most dark-skinned babies arrive with dark brown eyes.
But a baby’s true eye color doesn’t usually make itself fully known until somewhere between 6 and 9 months, and can keep changing until as late as the first birthday.
Your 2-Week-Old Baby’s Growth
You can start posting those weight gain bulletins beginning this week.
Most babies will have regained or surpassed their birth weight by 10 to 14 days of life thanks to all the feeding they’re doing — whether that nutrition comes from the breast or the bottle.
Some babies who get off to a slow start in the breastfeeding department may take a little longer to start putting on the pounds, but as long as your baby’s doctor isn’t worried, you shouldn’t be either.
Just make sure you are feeding your little one every two to three hours (counting from the start of one feed to the start of the next)
Your 2-Week-Old Baby's Health
Postpartum Tips & Info
Remember to wait until your baby’s umbilical cord stump has fallen off before giving your little one a bath.
Keep sponge-bathing until then.
If you have a baby boy who was circumcised, keep a watchful eye on his healing penis.
Follow your pediatrician’s care instructions until he is fully recovered.
Also keep a watchful eye on your own postpartum healing. Check in with your practitioner if you have questions or concerns about any postpartum symptoms you may be experiencing.
By this week, your breasts will still be tender but shouldn’t be painfully engorged anymore.
If they are, keep nursing every two to three hours to get that milk supply up and running, and use warm compresses right before feedings to get that milk flowing.
If you’ve got sore nipples, be sure baby is correctly positioned when you latch her on (facing your breast with the entire areola in her mouth), and vary your nursing position so a different part of the nipple will be compressed at each feeding.
Lanolin applied after nursing can help soothe those sore nipples, and could also prevent or heal cracking.
Your 3-Week-Old Baby's Development
Your little one is gaining muscle control, so her movements will become less jerky and more graceful this week.
Be sure to give her ample supervised tummy time during the day so she can practice lifting her head.
Some 3-weekers will be able to lift their heads 45 degrees when on the tummy, and the more practice baby gets, the better.
Tummy time will also help prevent head flattening, something more common in babies who spend all day and night lying on their backs or propped in bouncers and car seats.
In brain-related news, your baby is ready for more complex shapes (bye-bye circles, hello zigzags!) as her vision, ability to focus and concentration improve rapidly.
She might be really digging a mobile now or a soft toy waved in front of her face.
Of course, when she’s not in the mood to play, she might be in the mood to cry. And cry. And cry.
All babies cry, but some babies cry all the time.
In fact, around 15 to 20 percent of newborns have inconsolable crying jags that last for hours — and doctors will generally diagnose such crying as colic when it lasts for at least three hours at a time, at least three days a week, over the course of at least three weeks.
No one’s really sure what triggers colic, but potential culprits include immature digestion, reflux, milk-supply problems and environmental factors.
Coping with colic is definitely tough, but keep in mind that this phase will eventually end (typically, colic peaks at 6 weeks and disappears by 3 months).
Until then, use tried and parent-tested strategies to help soothe a crying baby, including rhythmic rocking, cuddling skin-to-skin, wearing baby in a sling or carrier, swaddling, massaging, using white noise or other soothing sounds, giving baby the pacifier, or going out for a walk and some fresh air.
Even if none of these strategies work, the passage of time will, and your little one will eventually stop crying all the time. Remember, you’re only human and you’re doing the best you can, so don’t feel guilty about letting her cry for a few minutes when you just need a break.
Your 3-Week-Old Baby’s Growth
Your cutie is surely packing on the pounds and ounces now that she’s 3 weeks old! But when taking note of your little one’s weight, stop yourself from comparing it to your BFF’s baby’s weight, or your sister’s baby’s weight.
That’s because the most important measure of your baby’s growth isn’t how she stacks up to other babies, but rather how she stacks up to her own weight and height curve.
The doctor will want to follow your baby’s growth trends over time and will look closely to make sure she’s trending on the same curve (whether that’s the 15th percentile, the 50th percentile or the 90th percentile).
A big jump (say from the 20th percentile to the 80th percentile) can mean that baby’s gaining too fast. A big dip can mean baby’s not getting enough to eat.
Another important measure: the relationship between weight and length.
While the percentiles don’t have to match precisely, they should be within a 10 to 20 percent range of each other.
When there’s a big gap between the two, it could mean your baby is over- or underweight.
Your baby’s pediatrician will help you make sense of these percentiles and how your baby is growing.
Your 3-Week-Old Baby’s Health
There are no well visits or shots this week (hurray!), but there’s still plenty going on with your baby’s health.
Food-sensitive eczema reactions will typically occur about 6 to 24 hours after a person eats a particular food.
Sometimes, these reactions may be delayed even longer.
To determine what foods may be causing the reaction, a doctor will often recommend an elimination diet.
This diet involves avoiding some of the most common foods known to cause eczema.
Before eliminating any foods, a person will need to slowly add each food type into their diet and monitor their eczema for 4 to 6 weeks to determine if they are sensitive to any particular food.
If a person’s symptoms get worse after adding a particular food to the diet, they may wish to consider avoiding it in the future.
If a person’s symptoms do not improve when eliminating a food, they probably do not need to remove it from their diet.
Some common foods that may trigger an eczema flare-up and could be removed from a diet include:
- citrus fruits
- gluten or wheat
- spices, such as vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon
- some types of nuts
Feeling like an old pro at this baby-care game yet? You may not have everything down to a science, but you’re certainly feeling a lot more confident than you did when you first held your baby just a few weeks ago! There’s certainly plenty of trial and error to come, but you’re starting to feed, burp, bathe and handle baby with ease! Way to go! Here’s more to look forward to during week 4.
Your 4-Week-Old Baby’s Development
Decode Baby’s Cries
Your 4-week old will likely be able to respond to a loud noise — by startling, crying or quieting.
Cooing and smiling will not be far behind … and you may catch a glimpse of both toward the end of the first month.
In the meantime, your baby will continue to communicate through crying.
Listen carefully and you’ll be able to decode his different cries.
A short and low-pitched cry that has a pleading quality to it usually means “I’m hungry.”
A whiny, nasal, continuous cry is baby’s way of telling you he’s overtired or uncomfortable.
Bursts of crying alternating with fussy whimpers often signal boredom.
The “I’m in pain” cry starts suddenly with a loud, panicked and long wail, followed by repeated pauses and shrieks.
Knowing what those whimpers, wails and shrieks mean can help you figure out what your baby is trying to tell you.
When baby is not crying, be sure to encourage the development of those all-important motor skills.
The best way to get a jump start on them now is through tummy time and more tummy time (supervised, of course).
Baby will balk at first, so start with just a few minutes a day.
Eventually, you’ll work up to 15- or 20-minute sessions as your baby’s strength builds.
Your 4-Week-Old Baby’s Growth
Are you breastfeeding your baby? You can expect your little one to gain anywhere from 4 to 7 ounces a week for the first few months.
Formula-fed babies may gain a little more than that.
But remember, babies don’t grow at a steady rate but rather in spurts. You may notice your little one clamoring for the breast or bottle more often during these spurts (nursing moms call them cluster feedings), and this increase in demand is your little one’s way of fueling the incredible growth that his body is going through.
This extra demand may be draining on you, but they usually only last a day or two. A regular, more consistent pattern of feeding will be around the corner.
Your 4-Week-Old Baby’s Health
It’s time for baby’s 1-month checkup! Not only will you get to see how much your baby has grown, but you’ll also get answers to the dozens of questions that have come up since you last saw the doctor back when baby was just a few days old.
Your baby has passed the 1-month mark — hooray! — and is steadily progressing from unresponsive newborn to nearly-interactive infant.
And you’re steadily progressing from rookie parent to (almost) parenting pro. Here’s what’s going on this week.
Your 5-Week-Old Baby’s Development
How to Get Your Energy Back
Though your baby is still doing a lot of crying, she’s also learning to communicate in other ways.
Those adorable grunts, gurgles and coos are her way of experimenting with her mouth, tongue and throat, discovering which combination of actions makes what sounds.
The best way to encourage more communication from your sweet talker is to keep the conversation going.
So go ahead and coo and gurgle right back! Matching coo-for-coo will be extraordinarily satisfying for your cutie, and will encourage the verbal explorations that will eventually lead to that first meaningful “mama” or “dada.”
And while speaking your baby’s language is important, also important is speaking your language.
Babies learn by imitation, so be sure to talk up a storm, keeping the conversation flowing while you’re changing diapers (“What cute little toes!”), while you’re out on a walk (“It’s such a sunny day!”), and while you’re shopping (“This red tomato looks so yummy!”).
Of course, your baby has no idea what you’re saying — yet. But she’s soaking up every syllable that’s spoken around her, and hearing you talk is the best way to help your little one’s speech develop.
Is your little one not cooing yet? Not to worry.
Some babies take their sweet time in the verbal department and that’s perfectly normal too.
Your baby will start baby-talking over the next few months.
Your 5-Week-Old Baby’s Growth
Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds… or more accurately, by ounces.
The average 5-week-old baby will weight in somewhere in the 9-pound range – but remember that range is wide, and if your baby is in the 10th percentile or 90th percentile, she’ll be bigger or smaller than the average.
Be sure to measure her growth against her own, not that of other babies. If your doctor is happy with her weight, you should be too.