Babies change so fast. Being there to see the changes as they take place is definitely one of the most exciting aspects of being a new mommy. Women who are expecting may not know exactly what's going to happen at six days, six weeks and six months. This guide is filled with useful information about some fascinating changes that happen at each of these three milestones. While there are other changes, too, I want to highlight some of the most interesting and exciting ones.
Knowing more about a baby's growth stages is so important. Sometimes, it's a little scary being home with a baby. Moms (and Dads and other caregivers) want to do everything exactly right. Understanding the stages is one of the keys to feeling more secure and competent as a new parent or caregiver. When you know what to expect, you'll be able to take better care of your baby.
Bear in mind that all babies are a little different. One may achieve a growth milestone before or after another one does. If you have questions about your baby's growth, your doctor is the best resource. Your pediatrician has spent years learning about babies and he or she will be able to examine your little one and decide if growth is normal or not. When in doubt, always consult with a pediatrician.
16 At week 1, Baby Has Blurry Eyesight
You may not have realized that your newborn does not have perfect vision. The truth is that your little baby boy or girl has very blurry vision at first. According to Parents.com, newborns are not able to see clearly when they are born.
By the end of week one, a baby will have the ability to focus on things which are eight to twelve inches from his or her face.
This is roughly the distance between a parent and newborn during a feeding! Your baby will be able to see colors, rather than seeing in black and white.
Now that you have the inside scoop on a six day old baby's vision, you'll be able to take that into account while you're looking after you infant. It's true that newborns are helpless. Luckily, loving Moms are there to make sure that they have everything that they need.
15 Your Newborn Will Love To Look At Faces
When your 6-day old baby isn't sleeping, he or she will get a lot of pleasure from checking out faces. At this stage of a newborn's life, faces are what he or she loves looking at the best! With this in mind, do some cuddling which puts your own face very close to your baby's.
So, why are babies so attracted to faces, anyway?
Well, according to Parenting.com, infants are born with the capacity to recognize faces. This innate trait assists them with connecting with the people who are taking care of them. If they can't find a face to look at, very young babies will look for face-like things. If you're looking for safe and adorable baby toys, make sure that the toys have faces, too.
14 Your Newborn Will Not Let You Sleep
Sleep will be just a pipe dream during week one with your baby. You'll probably grab sleep when your infant dozes. Doing so is highly recommended. Everyone knows that caring for a new baby is exhausting. They wake up a lot during the night because their teensy tummies do not hold much and they need more breastmilk or fomula frequently.
With this in mind, don't count on getting much sleep until your baby is eight to twelve weeks of age.
It's rough but we all get through it. Despite the sleep deprivation, it's generally such a magical time.
According to BabyCenter, newborns actually spend most of their time sleeping, but it sure doesn't feel that way to new parents. That's because babies who are new generally don't sleep for more than two to four hours at a time.
13 You'll Need To Invest In Some Maxi-Pads
Recovering from childbirth isn't a cakewalk. You'll be going through stages of childbirth recovery while your infant goes through a lot of changes, too. One thing to be aware of is that you'll likely experience a fair bit of vaginal bleeding after a vaginal delivery. So, stock up on maxi-pads before you bring your baby home from the hospital.
According to the experts at BabyCenter, every woman loses a bit of blood after a regular delivery.In medical terms, this is referred to as lochia, and you can expect to deal with it for a few days after the baby is born.
When you're pregnant, your body's blood quantity rises by fifty percent. This means that blood loss after childbirth shouldn't adversely affect your health. Change the pads as directed by your doctor and wait it out. It'll pass before you know it. If you feel like you're bleeding too much, see your ob-gyn.
12 Prepare For Black Or Green Diapers
When your baby is "brand new" or close to it, your infant's weird-colored poop may freak you out. Don't worry - very dark or greenish feces is completely normal at this stage. According to Parents.com, the first stools from a newborn are called meconium and meconium is usually greenish-black!
Typically, the meconium phase of weird-color feces passes quickly, such as within a couple of days or a few days.
The color chart for newborn poop starts with greenish-black and changes to greenish-brown. Then, it becomes more yellowish and starts to have an unpleasant odor. As baby gets a little older, whether he or she is breastfed or formula-fed may affect the color, texture and odor of baby poop.
11 Your Six-Day Old Baby May Look A Bit Wrinkly
You probably already know that days-old babies tend to look a bit wrinkly and squashed. It's actually pretty cute and they always "smooth out" rapidly. The process of being born is hard on a baby. The baby needs time to recover from labor, just like you do. From the womb to the outside world is a great big change! The slightly "prune-ish" look of a newborn is normal. According to About Kids Health, preemies are typically the most wrinkled and full-term babies are the smoothest.
Squeezing through a birth canal may make a baby's face swell up and flatten his or her tiny nose. It may even cause bruising. If forceps were used, the baby may have some marks from the forceps, but they'll fade within days, just like the wrinkly and squashed look will.
10 Six Week Old Babies Usually Start To Smile
Now, we're at the six-week mark. This is a special time, as this is the time when most infants begin to smile. Of course, you want a smile from your baby and you'll probably get one right at this stage, although some babies take a little longer.
According to Parents.com,
babies may smile before this stage, but the smiles are "reflex" smiles which don't mean that babies are happy.
At around six weeks or a bit later, a real smile which signals happiness will begin to appear. To see if your baby's smile is the real deal, look at your infant's eyes. They should shine with happiness when they baby isn't smiling reflexively. When you baby starts smiling, it's a safe bet that you will start smiling, too. It's a great time for baby pics!
9 At Six Weeks, Your Baby Will Get To Know You
Before the six week mark, your infant may not be able to tell your face from other faces, because the baby's vision is poor. Babies are actually legally blind when they emerge into the world.
By six weeks, your infant will be able to tell you from other people and that's going to make you feel amazing. According to Parenting.com, your baby will know your scent almost from the very start (such as day one or day two of the infant's life). Visual recognition comes much later.
As your baby's vision sharpens, you will be the person that he or she wants to see the most. Your baby has been able to hear you since his or her time in the womb, although the sounds may have been muffled.
8 Your 6-Week Old Baby Will Make Amusing Noises
Babies are very funny sometimes and six-week-old babies tend to make some amusing noises that entertain parents. So, anticipate a lot of gurgling and other funny noises when your baby is at the 6-week stage!
According to World of Moms,
babies begin to gurgle at six months and the gurgles and other silly sound effects keep happening until the three-month mark.
The sounds happen because babies aren't able to swallow the excess saliva in their mouths until they are one year of age. The saliva pools in the backs of their throats or comes out in the form of drool.
You'll be there to chuckle at the noises and wipe away the drool. You may want to record the funny noises, as, before you know it, the gurgling won't be a fact of life anymore.
7 A Six Week Old Baby Will Be Very Hungry
Your six week old infant is going to be a hungry baby who wants to feed between four to six times each day. According to Hopkins Medicine, babies who are six weeks old need between two to six ounces of breastmilk or formula at each feeding. At seven weeks, they should be fed between five and six times a day and get six to seven ounces of formula or breastmilk per feeding.
Lots of Moms worry that their babies aren't getting enough nutrition at this stage. If you have this concern, your pediatrician will be there to help. He or she will weigh your baby, track the infant's growth and look at other factors to see how things are going. Don't hesitate to ask for advice from a pediatrician. It's important that the baby gets enough nutrition to grow and feel good.
6 6-Week Old Babies Need Formula Every Couple Of Hours
When you choose formula for your six-week-old baby, you should expect to give the baby a bottle every couple of hours or every three hours. Moms at the Huggies online forum talked a lot about the frequent feedings at the website's message boards and most had the experience of feeding their hungry, 6-week old babies every two to two and a half hours.
One mom's pediatrician said that babies undergo growth spurts from weeks five to six which make them extra-hungry.
He told her to feed the baby when he or she is hungry.
This is a lot of bottles to give the baby, but things will calm down soon enough and there will be more time between bottles.
Also, don't feel guilty for giving the baby formula versus breastmilk. Every woman is different and you know what's best for you and your baby.
5 Babies Get Fussy Around The Six Week Mark
When babies fuss, most new parents get stressed out. It's hard sometimes to know exactly what's troubling the baby. Once you've checked the diaper, decided whether or not another feeding is in order and, perhaps, checked the baby's temperature, and nothing that you do is calming down your infant, you need to stay calm yourself!
According to Kellymom, six weeks is the peak for baby fussiness. Colic may be a factor, if you're unlucky. It does happen and it may strike now. By month three or four, your baby should be a lot less fussy. At six weeks, expect stressful fussy phases which are most likely to happen in the late afternoon or at night.
This is a good time to reach out and ask for help. Make sure that you do, provided that you have a support system in place. If you don't have a support system, remember, "this too shall pass".
4 Six-Month-Old Babies Begin To Sit Up
When babies start to do new physical actions, it's exciting. These big milestones usually prompt parents to grab their cameras and start capturing the action. At six months, most babies begin to sit up. They start engaging with the world in a whole new way! According to Baby Center,
a baby will begin to sit on his or her own between four months and seven months.
Obviously, this is a great time for a photo shoot, indoors or outdoors. Pick out a darling outfit for your baby boy or girl and then take pics of your half-year old baby as he or she sits up for the camera. Your baby is really growing. Before you know it, your baby will be taking steps, talking and all of the rest of it. For now, your baby's movements are fairly restrained.
3 Your 6-Month Old May Roll From Front To Back
According to BabyCenter, six months is also the time when a baby begins to roll from front to back and from back to front. Rolling is amusing to watch. Always be there to supervise if your baby isn't in a safe and secure crib!
Your baby is getting bigger and stronger and putting this new size and scale to good use. As well, he or she is developing skills that will lead to other physical movements. Give your baby a little freedom to roll by sitting with him or her while the baby relaxes on a nice soft play mat. You'll love cuddling your baby son or daughter after each successful roll!
Who knows, you may want to get in on the action by doing a bit of rolling yourself. Six-month-old babies are lot of fun to play with.
2 A 6-Month Old Baby Is Twice The Weight Of A Newborn
According to Livestrong, weight gain varies from baby to baby, but most half-year old babies weigh twice what they did at birth. If you have a baby, your pediatrician has probably been weighing him or her regularly, to track growth and health.
It's more important that a pediatrician be happy with the baby's development than that your baby weighs exactly twice the birth weight at six months of age.
However, the "double the birth weight" thing does make it fairly easy to see if your baby's growth is on a par with most other babies.
To spark good growth, feed your baby right on time and make sure that the servings or breastmilk or formula are the right sizes. If you have questions about your baby's growth, don't sit and worry about it, or get all of your information online. Discuss your concerns with your baby's pediatrician.
1 A 6-Month Old Should Sleep Most Of The Night
At the half-year mark, your bouncing baby boy or girl should sleep for a whopping six to eight hours each night. Isn't that great! If this does happen, you'll be able to sleep, too, and you'll probably feel reborn, as you've likely built up a pretty serious sleep deficit during the first six months with your infant.
According to BabyCenter, most babies of this age do manage to doze all night. Bear in mind your baby may be the exception. Some babies still get up once or twice, for whatever reason. You should get some relief from the constant interruptions at night now. If you don't, you may want to talk to your pediatrician about it. There may be things that you can do to get on a better schedule with your baby.