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6 to 7 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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This is part 1 of a 2 part series for this developmental stage (weeks 6 to 8). Click here to read part 1 of 2.

Changes this week:
  • Less frequent bowel movements (which means less messy nappies!)
  • Breast milk is made only as it is needed by your baby.
  • Your baby feeding for shorter periods.
How your newborn is developing:
The three things that very often happen around 6 weeks are:
  1. Your baby can start pooing much less frequently. Anything from 7 times a day (not infrequent at all!) to once a week (very infrequent) is fine, as long as your baby is comfortable. You’ll know if they’re constipated because they will be in obvious discomfort.
  2. Your breasts become softer because the milk is made only as it is needed.
  3. Your baby often feeds for shorter periods, anything from 10 to 30 minutes in total.
These changes do not mean that the baby is not getting enough food – they are completely normal.
The most exciting thing that happens in the 6 to 8 week period is that your baby starts smiling and responding verbally (gurgling and making funny baby noises).

If you’re lucky, your baby will now be down to two or even one feed at night. They are probably still not settling in the evening, somewhere between 7 and 9pm, but that will change in the next few months. A comfortable baby will settle within 5 to 10 minutes of a feed at night. If you have an uncomfortable baby who is struggling to settle at night, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If you and your partner are ready, your baby can move into their own room at this stage. You’re hopefully only waking up twice a night, so it’s easier to go through to the baby’s room than have both of you disturbed. But there’s no right or wrong in this situation: trust your instinct and do what feels right.
Parenting 101:

Click here for Parenting 101 tips for this week.
This week’s To Do list:
  • Sign up to a gentle postnatal exercise class.
  • As much as possible try to eat a balanced diet. Being so busy can make it hard to remember to eat well.
  • Make sure you have everything you need for changing your baby – check out our nappies buying guide.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If you are able to express some breast milk at this stage, you can let your partner or even a night nurse take over a feed during the night – which means you get a little more of that much-needed sleep. 

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

Share your thoughts and concerns.
Chat with other Moms in your area or at the same developmental stage as you in BabyGroup Forums.

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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