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1 to 2 weeks old

Katie de Klee
Your baby’s development, what you need to do and some great tips for the week ahead.

In this article we will look at:

  • Changes this week
  • How your newborn is developing
  • Parenting 101

 

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Changes this week:
  • Getting used to breastfeeding.
  • Your baby sleeping a lot.
  • Your baby will stare intently at your face.
  • Changing clothes. Yours and your baby’s.
  • Learning to sleep when your baby sleeps.
How your newborn is developing:
The first two weeks are known as the honeymoon period because of how much babies sleep at this stage - take advantage of the opportunity to sleep as much as you can. Your baby will probably be sleeping between feeds, broken up into shorter two or three-hour periods (which can be frustrating for you at night). Your newborn will keep their eyes closed most of the time and can’t focus much more than 20cm in front of them, but that focus distance is just right for them to see your face when they breastfeed.

At 1 week old, your baby will go for their first weigh-in at a baby clinic. Hopefully they are gaining weight, although it's unlikely they'll be back to their birth weight yet. By day 7, a baby who is feeding well will be having 3 to 4 or more poos a day, and they should be yellow, grainy and loose. A baby who is ‘constipated’ is probably not feeding well: this is often the first sign that the baby is not feeding well. If this is the case, it's a good idea to go back to your clinic.

In the second week, if your baby is gaining weight nicely, you can start getting some sense of rhythm with the feeds. Most babies will be drinking from both breasts roughly every 3 to 4 hours, for 10 to 15 minutes a side. Heather Wood, lactation consultant, says not to worry too much about emptying your breasts with every feed - emptying a breast is a relative term and means that the baby is getting drops of milk occasionally rather than gulps of milk. Also don't worry about fore-milk and hind-milk as it’s an over-emphasised notion. You don’t need to spend longer than 10 minutes feeding from a breast: there are very few babies who aren’t getting all the milk they need in that space of time. Remember that breastfeeding doesn’t have to be a chore: if you’re finding it difficult, ask for help.

Some babies possit (vomit) and bring up their milk before, during and after feeds, often when they’re bringing up a wind. This is because the stomach valve doesn’t close properly and is nothing to worry about unless your baby seems uncomfortable. If your baby possits, you don’t have to feed them again, they will still have the necessary nutrients from the feed.

Parenting 101:
You are probably still getting used to breastfeeding. You’re still getting used to a lot of things! This week, your breasts should be softer and more comfortable, and the nipples should not be sore. If anything hurts, ask a lactation consultant for advice - there's no reason to struggle alone...

Your priority this week is to catch up on as much sleep as possible – when your baby sleeps, you sleep. The umbilical cord will usually fall off sometime this week, and the umbilicus may ooze slightly for 3 or 4 days, this is to be expected.

You might be wondering how often to bath your baby at this stage. Experts suggest once a day to once a week – when you’re bored (which won’t be often!) Newborns don’t need to be bathed often, they don’t get sweaty, their bum is being cleaned every 3 hours, and babies hate being dressed and undressed. Bathing is often not fun in the first month – so why put yourself and your baby through it when they don’t need to? If you’re feeling tired and stressed, leave it for tomorrow. When bathing your baby, aqueous cream is best, because a newborn’s skin is very dry and often peels – that’s totally normal. Washing them with aqueous cream will clean and moisturise their skin. It's a good idea to steer clear of fragranced soaps or products in the first six weeks.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Congratulate yourself for creating such a beautiful human being.
  • Have a cup of tea. You might have been off caffeine while you were pregnant, but it’s okay now – in moderation.
  • Decide if you are going to use a dummy.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If your breasts are enlarged, or you have a blocked milk duct, try pressing a heat pad or a warm washcloth against them. The heat can help the milk flow.

Curious about next week? 
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says…
This article has been checked by Heather Wood, Nursing sister, Midwife and Lactation Consultant. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.


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