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9 to 10 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’s movements get more coordinated.
  • Sleeping for longer stretches at a time.
  • Trimming your baby’s nails.
  • You’ve got a little mimic. Keep the camera handy!
How your newborn is developing:
As your baby’s brain develops, their coordination gets better. Muscles are getting stronger too and your baby is better able to lift their head and control their arms and legs. Your baby’s memory gets better week by week, which means they’ll start remembering things they like. If you make a face at your baby or stick out your tongue, your baby will try to mimic your expression. You’ll probably be taking a lot of photographs at the moment!

Your baby is sleeping for longer periods at a time, but still probably waking you at least once a night (if you’re lucky!) You’ll be able to tell now if your baby is more active in the mornings or the evenings – this will probably be true throughout their childhood.

You can trim your baby’s fingernails much easier now. Take a look at how to trim your baby’s nails and make sure you have all the right equipment – this is a delicate task! Your baby is due some more immunisations this week. Although you’re probably used to dealing with them now, use this as a chance to ask your doctor any questions you might have.
Parenting 101:
If your baby has been sleeping in your bed then you’re nearing the time when you should start trying to get your baby to sleep in their own cot. Sleeping together may have helped you respond quickly to their night-time needs, but with longer and more peaceful sleep it’s easier for you to reclaim the bed. It’s also better for your baby to learn how to sleep without you.

You may not have had a period yet – it normally takes between 3 and 10 weeks after birth for your menstrual cycle to return, and even longer for some women. If you are breastfeeding than this will be even longer. Even if you haven’t had a period, it’s a good idea to be using contraception as soon as you start having sex. Unless you want to be a Mom again very soon!

This week’s To Do list:
  • Trim your baby’s nails.
  • Buy your baby a bib if they’re drooling a lot on their clothes (or yours!)
  • Make sure you always have a good supply of nappies. Realising you’ve run out during an early morning change is no fun at all.
  • Do some lunges or sit ups in front of your baby – tone up and entertain all in one.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
It’s perfectly natural for new parents to worry about every possible sniffle and bump. Take a look at our list of what is normal and when to call the doctor to find out if you should actually be worried.

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

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