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2 to 3 weeks old

Katie de Klee
Your baby’s development, what you need to do and some great tips for the week ahead.
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Changes this week:
  • A more alert and awake baby.
  • Your baby will be fascinated by your face – your number one fan.
  • Getting your baby weighed.
How your newborn is developing:
Babies find faces fascinating and your baby will probably stare at yours a lot. They already recognise your face, your voice and your smell. Smile at your baby and then try pulling a face. You’ll see how wide eyed and intently they stare back at you.

It’s a good idea to get your baby weighed every week - at least for the first four to six weeks - and every two to four weeks after that, depending how much support you feel you need from your clinic. At two weeks, hopefully your baby will be back to birth weight. If not, it’s a good idea to go to the clinic and ask for advice about feeding. Once your baby is back to birth weight, it’s not necessary to wake them at night for feeds – but they’ll still wake themselves, and you! Hopefully they will be having longer stretches of sleep at night (four plus hours would be nice).
 
Parenting 101:
It's no coincidence that most new parents refer to the early evening as 'hell hour'! Babies are usually fussy between 4 and 7pm in the evening and often don’t settle between those two feeds, so don’t worry if this is the case.

Often in the first month, babies sleep much better in their parents’ arms. Heather Wood, midwife and lactation consultant, recommends sleeping your baby where you get the best sleep, whether that's in your bed or in a Moses basket next to it - whatever is more comfortable at first. Your baby spends nine months inside you, surrounded by you. When they’re first born, they miss that connection. Even if they’re held 12 hours a day, that's 100% less than they’re used to. In the first month, babies need a lot of cuddling.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Check that your baby has been added to your medical aid.
  • Make sure you have registered your baby with Home Affairs.
  • Get out of the house and get some fresh air with your baby.
If you have 5 minutes...
Mom’s top tip.
Babies love feeling your skin on theirs, they find it very comforting. Holding your baby against yourchest skin-on-skin is a wonderful way to bond.

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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