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8 to 9 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:
  • Your baby is awake for longer stretches during the day.
  • Hands are becoming more fun for your baby. They will often put their hands in their mouth and they may be starting to drool… The beginning stages of teething. Uh oh.
How your newborn is developing:
Babies are usually awake for 1.5 to 2 hours at a time at this stage, which adds up to three to four naps during the day.

If you have a comfortable baby, start focusing on allowing them to learn to fall asleep without a lot of rocking and feeding. Your baby may lie awake for a period of time before falling asleep, and that’s okay. If they’re fussing, try not to pick them up, rather settle them with patting or a dummy, if you can. Ideally, if your baby is comfortable and not particularly fussy, you don’t want them to fall asleep at the breast – rather put them down drowsy or awake. If it’s coming up for two hours of awake time, it’s a good idea to look out for signs of tiredness and put them down then – even if they’re still wide awake. If they are ready to fall asleep and they’re comfortable, this is a good time to start practising those habits. Many babies will be too fussy to settle themselves, but if you can it’s a good idea.

Parenting 101:

You are probably starting to get the hang of this baby stuff by now. It helps that you’re most likely getting more sleep, and you’re definitely able to interpret your baby a bit better than you could a month or two ago. If you’re lucky, you’ve been connecting with a few Moms with babies born around the same time as yours so that you can talk to each other about how things are going.

Make sure both you and your partner are getting plenty of time with the baby so that your baby knows you both and you can both comfort them. You don’t want to be the only one who can put them to sleep, or calm a crying fit. As your baby’s days become more routine, yours will too. Naps start being more regular, and nights less interrupted.

You will be able to do some exercise by now and can start getting fit again. As well as helping you get back into shape, exercise is good for general wellbeing, can help you sleep at night, and releases endorphins that elevate your mood. So stop wearing those maternity jeans – even if you think no one has noticed! Exercise doesn’t have to mean an hour at the gym (that’s probably wishful thinking). It could be as simple as a half-hour walk, a few laps of swimming, or a gentle yoga class.
This week’s To Do list:
  • Think about whether you’ll be going back to work.
  • Make sure you have found a nice nanny or babysitter.
  • Do some gentle exercise – joining a class can help keep you motivated.
  • Remember to book next week’s immunisations.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
Put a plastic mirror above your baby’s changing station – they will find their own reflection almost as interesting as you! Keep mobiles and mirrors away from your baby’s cot – it should be calming rather than exciting, to better induce sleep.

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