Baby 3 weeks old
Your baby still sleeps around 16 hours a day when he is 3 weeks old. He usually does this on his back. Yet it is wise to put him regularly on his stomach when he is awake. This is a good workout for your baby , because that way he trains many muscles that he needs later. Do you breastfeed? Then you may suffer from sore nipples. Properly applying your baby can help alleviate these symptoms.
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… your baby is born with 300 bones, while you only have 206? Part of his bones still have to grow together. This process is only ready when your “little” is 25 years old.
Development baby 3 weeks
Sleeping is still your baby’s favorite activity. Is his head often in the same position? Then he might have a preferred attitude . This is not dangerous, but it can flatten his head on one side and even shift the ears. The skull of your newborn baby is very thin and soft, and can easily deform. In addition, ensure that your baby can sleep safely .
When your baby is awake, it is wise to put him on his stomach from time to time. This tummy time not only helps prevent a flattened head , but is also good for the motor development of your baby. In this way he learns to keep his head up and trains his arm, leg and back muscles. That will come in handy later for tiger , crawl , sit and walk !
Does your little one not like to lie on his stomach? Then snuggle up next to it and show how. As soon as he gets the hang of it, he likes it more and more!
Your life with a 3 week old baby
Breastfeeding is not easy for all mothers. Do you suffer from painful or broken nipples during feeding ? Perhaps thrush is the culprit. You can also suffer from nipple gaps . By laying your baby well you can prevent this or alleviate the pain.
If your baby drinks less than you produce, you may suffer from congestion : hard, swollen, sore breasts. Before feeding, take a warm shower, remove some milk from your chest and place a cool compress on your chest after feeding. This can ease the pain.
Even if you bottle-feed you can encounter the necessary troubles. It often happens that babies do not drink well. This can have many different causes. Consider the moment of feeding: when your baby is tired, it takes a lot of effort for him to drink. It is also possible that the bottle and / or teat is not suitable for your baby. If the milk flows out too quickly or with too large a quantity, it often chokes. Another bottle or teat can usually solve the problem.
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Doing with your 3 week old baby
Sing for your baby! This stimulates his language and speech development and he learns different pitches and rhythms at the same time. It doesn’t matter what you sing, and you don’t have to be Whitney Houston; your baby loves listening to your voice and enjoys your attention. You are his big idol! Try out different voices, pitches and songs to see what your baby likes best.
Tips for Parents
There’s no doubt about it – new parents are tired parents. Make that exhausted parents.
Not that you should be expecting otherwise. After all, you’re juggling countless feedings (especially if you’re breastfeeding), burpings, diaper changings and rockings, and then you have to do it all over again tomorrow, on maybe three hours of sleep a night (and don’t even count on those three hours being continuous).
Not to mention that your body is still recovering from childbirth, plus you’re also trying to keep up with your regular responsibilities (like laundry, bills and showering).
Here are the best tips for moms and dads with a newborn.
If you’re not able to breastfeed, and your baby has a medical condition that requires human milk (including prematurity, failure to thrive, an intolerance to formula or allergies), there are ways to get donated breast milk from other moms through a milk bank.
Here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind as you begin your search:
1) As tempting (and convenient) as it may be, best friends (or even casual ones) shouldn’t become breast friends. The American Academy of Pediatrics, La Leche League and other experts frown on moms casually breastfeeding one another’s babies and for good reason: There’s always a risk that your pal (however unwittingly) could pass on a virus for certain illnesses like Lyme disease or hepatitis. There’s also the chance that your breast buddy’s milk could contain medications she’s taking.
2) Do consider buying from a milk bank. Unlike an informal arrangement between moms, the milk banks in the U.S. have strict guidelines — guidelines that were set up by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), an organization of pediatricians and other health care workers. The guidelines regulate donors as well as the way milk is collected and stored.
3) Calculate the costs (and get some financial help if you need it). Buying donated milk is expensive. Although nursing moms donate their milk for free, the milk (which the guidelines state can be obtained only with a prescription from your doctor) costs about $3 an ounce.
While older babies are known for their smooth complexions, 3-week-olds definitely aren’t. Among the conditions that may be keeping the skin your baby’s in colorful but less-than-flawless: red zits and whiteheads (didn’t expect those until middle school at least?), pink diaper rashes, flaky, yellow cradle cap, and purplish mottling (not to worry — it’s just a sign of your baby’s immature circulation).
Fortunately, all these baby skin imperfections are temporary (some, like the pimples and mottling, will go away on their own; others, like diaper rash and cradle cap, will respond well to treatment) — which means that clear baby skin is just around the corner.
Labor and delivery, as you might have noticed, are really rough on your body — especially down there. Your perineum muscles and nerves may be stretched or damaged, making it difficult for you to control how and when waste leaves your body.
Postpartum fecal incontinence usually takes care of itself as your body returns to normal; but until then, here are a few steps you can take to alleviate this problem:
1) Eat a gas-conscious diet. Skip hard-to-digest foods for now (nothing fried, no beans, no cabbage), and avoid overeating or eating on the run.
2) Do your Kegels. Then do them again…and again. Kegels are just the ticket for tightening up those muscles as well as the ones that control urine (which may also be leaking these days).
3) Don’t be shy. Talk to your practitioner if the problem persists. Your health care provider might suggest a mind-body technique called biofeedback or possibly surgery if the situation is particularly bad, which it rarely is.
When it comes to friends and family, they’re probably as excited to meet your newborn as you are to show him off, but set and enforce this simple ground rule: All admirers who want to touch or hold your baby must wash their hands first — and anyone who is clearly sick or has a rash should stay (far) away.
Blame your pediatrician or your own paranoia, but get your “protecting baby from germs” message across. Be especially careful with small children, who could be carrying all sorts of contagious stuff. Teach them to gently pat your baby’s back or touch his tiny toes, but never his hands or face.
And after any outing or social scene, clean your baby’s hands with a wipe or wet, soapy cloth.
If your little one keeps mixing up day and night, try these tips:
1) During the day, limit snoozes to three-hour stretches so that your baby doesn’t learn to bunch up all his sleep during daytime hours. (Even though your newborn doesn’t have a naptime routine yet, you probably will want to wake him up to eat every three or four hours or so anyway at this age.)
If you have trouble rousing your drowsy darling, try these tactics: Hold your baby upright, unswaddle him, strip off some of his clothes, tickle his feet or hands, stroke his face, move his arms and legs or put a cool washcloth on his forehead.
If all else fails, try changing his diaper — that’s usually a surefire way to wake up a little sleepyhead. Once he’s awake, keep him alert by singing upbeat songs and dangling toys in front of baby’s face.
2) Make your newborn’s naptime routine is different from his nighttime one — this will help your baby avoid mix-ups. Keep the shades or curtains open so the nursery’s not dark. You can even let your cutie catch his Zzzs in the living room or family room.
Don’t go out of your way to tiptoe around during daytime naps. Hearing ordinary sounds while he’s snoozing will reinforce the difference between day and night. At night, do the opposite.
3) Don’t ditch naps. While it is important to teach your sleeping angel that nighttime is the best time for snoozing in long stretches, he’ll still need to fit in some shut-eye during the day. The average baby sleeps at least 16 hours in a 24-hour period, so lots of that infant rest needs to happen during the day. And be grateful that your baby seems to know how to sleep for long stretches at all — it’s a good sign that he’ll learn how to sleep through the night in the not-too-distant future.
Colic generally appears when baby is 3 weeks old and is characterized by at least three hours of crying at least three times a week, typically ending within three months.
Most babies pick a fussy period during the afternoon or early evening. It seems like colicky babies are in pain — and one theory is that they’re also gassy babies (though it might also be that they’re gassy because they’re swallowing a lot of air from all that crying).
But pain is a less likely explanation for colic than development. Babies this age often become easily overstimulated and just need to unwind with a good cry at the end of the day.
Colicky babies also often seem to want to eat all the time — but sometimes that’s because the sucking is soothing, not because they’re hungry, in which case using a pacifier can help.
He could also be hungry all the time right now because he’s going through a growth spurt — and if you’re breastfeeding, he’s feeding more often in order to stimulate your breasts to produce more milk (in other words, helping your supply catch up with his demand).
Your milk supply could also be skimpier late in the day (that’s normal), which could prompt him to feed more often.
If your baby does seem to be in pain, definitely check his temperature and call the pediatrician. It’s possible that he’s coming down with something. But if it’s colic that he’s coming down with, it’s probably here to stay, to some degree, for the next couple of months.