Baby 4 weeks old
You can hardly believe it, but your baby has been with you for 4 weeks! He is so sweet. Yet you sometimes feel desperate, because what exactly does your baby want when he cries? You had also hoped that after giving birth you would no longer suffer from ailments, but that might be disappointing. Because is it so hot now, or does it just seem that way? At least you are sweating …MILESTONES BABY
- Smiles maybe for the first time
- Lifts his head and turns it left and right
- Stretches his leg sometimes during tummy time
- Makes his first baby sounds (‘baby talk’)
DID YOU KNOW…
… your baby cries without tears for the first few weeks ? His tear ducts need to develop even further. His sadness is real, so comfort him a lot.
Development baby 4 weeks
The first few weeks your baby communicates mainly by crying (heartbreaking) . For him, along with body language, it is the only way to let you know that he needs something. Your little one has cried for 40 to 45 hours in total, and he will continue to do so in the coming weeks, help ! Learn to recognize your baby’s various cries with Dunstan , your baby ‘s secret language, and carefully observe your baby ‘s gestures . Maybe that helps you on your way to understand what your little one means.
Does your baby have little spots on his face? Then he might suffer from baby acne . This usually appears when your baby is between 2 and 4 weeks old. It is caused by your hormones that have already entered the blood in the womb and are still flowing through its body. Don’t worry: the pimples may not be that pretty, but they are completely innocent and disappear after a few weeks. Try not to pull it, scars can occur.
Your life with a baby of 4 weeks old
Your baby is already 4 weeks old and that can be celebrated! Have your family and friends already admired the little one? They are certainly curious and would like to meet him. Indicate your maternity visit clearly in advance what your limits are. For example, agree on fixed visiting times and indicate that they should stay at home in case of illness. The well-being of you and your baby is now the most important thing! Do you not feel like visiting groups of people every day? Then a baby shower might be something for you: all visitors and diaper cakes received in one go.
With the mountains of baby clothes it is no problem to change your baby several times a day. And maybe you can use that too. Your body is still busy getting rid of the extra fluid from pregnancy, so your pores can be wide open. Unfortunately, you can’t do much about it, so make yourself as comfortable as possible. Wear airy cotton clothes and refresh yourself a little more often than usual.
When your baby is 4 weeks old, the ideal time has come to let your baby get used to drinking from a bottle. If you have to start earlier, look for a bottle that you can easily combine breastfeeding and bottle. If you start this later, your baby can refuse the bottle because he is tied to your breast. Build the process of drinking from the bottle slowly. Replace one of the breastfeeders with the bottle during the first week. If your baby is used to this, you can replace multiple breastfeeding with the bottle. You can express the milk with a breast pump . See how you can store and heat up breast milk .
5 must-haves for breastfeeding
In collaboration with Medela
Breastfeeding your baby is a special moment, but sometimes it does not happen automatically. Discover Medela’s 5 must-haves to make your breastfeeding period as comfortable and easy as possible!
Doing with your 4 week old baby
Your baby is the most beautiful in the world and you don’t want to miss anything from him. With an ‘x months old’ photo series you can capture its development in a fun way: photograph your baby every month in the same place, in a similar environment or with a number of the same elements, for example a big hug. Then place the photos in an overview. This way you can see exactly how your baby grows every month and you will receive a precious series of photos of your little one. There are many fun, creative and inspiring examples on the internet.
Postpartum Tips & Info
Chances are, your baby spends a lot of that cooing time on his back — a position probably both of you are comfortable with (you, because you’ve heard it’s safest, and your baby because he’s become so used to it).
But here’s a motto you should think about putting into action: Back to sleep, tummy to play. Having supervised “tummy time” (playtime on the belly) allows a baby to practice important large motor skills, such as lifting his head (it’ll be for only a few seconds this early on) and moving it from side to side. It has to be only a few minutes a day this early on, but eventually you’ll work up to 15- or 20-minute sessions as your baby’s strength builds.
And speaking of lifting that head (which is still pretty heavy), next time your baby is in the car seat or infant seat, check out whether he can hold it up unassisted for a little while (you can help a bit by positioning supportive headrests along the sides).
Sore, tender or even cracked nipples are common battle wounds of the newbie nursing mom. But take heart — your nipples will eventually “toughen up.”
To ease soreness and heal any cracking now, you can liberally apply an ultrapurified, medical-grade lanolin (such as Lansinoh ointment) to your nipples after each feeding. Chilled wet tea bags can feel extremely comforting. Also, change your nursing pads often to keep bacteria at bay.
It might take a week or more to fully heal, so be patient, Mama. In the meantime, it’s actually best to keep nursing your baby through the discomfort. (You can start with the less sore breast, but don’t repeatedly favor it over the more painful one; sometimes it’s easier to switch breasts after the letdown, when your milk is flowing.)
Avoid skipping or restricting nursing sessions, because not only can the resulting engorgement add to your soreness, but milk that doesn’t flow can clog ducts, which is a setup for mastitis — a breast infection marked by fever and flu-like symptoms along with extreme pain, hardness or reddening of the breasts. It can be treated simply with antibiotics, but if left untreated, it could lead to an abscess, which would need immediate medical attention.
You should also call the doctor if your nipples are pink, itchy, crusty or burning, which could be signs of thrush — a common yeast infection that thrives on the lactose in milk and can affect both mother and baby. (Check the inside of your baby’s cheeks or tongue for a curd-like coating, which is often a clue.) Again, if either you or your baby is affected, breastfeeding needn’t be interrupted, but the condition shouldn’t be left untreated. Ultimately, you don’t want your milk supply to be reduced.
The fact is that newborn infants do not have regular sleep patterns; it usually takes six to 12 weeks for them to establish a solid 24-hour schedule, with the longest period of sleep occurring at night. Plus, keep in mind that breastfed babies have a physical need to nurse about every two to three hours during the newborn phase (formula-fed babies about every three to four hours).
The good news is that daytime sleep diminishes as a baby gets older, with the most marked reduction occurring between 3 and 6 months of age. By the time they’re around 5 or 6 months old, most full-term, healthy infants could very well be sleeping through (most of) the night.
Here are some tips on how to carry your baby to minimize those postpartum aches:
1) Instead of bending at the waist to lift your little one, bend at the knees. And keep your wrists straight when picking up your baby.
2) Letting your baby rest too much on your hip (when your baby gets bigger) will only lead to pain there too — so don’t even start that habit.
3) Instead of always holding your baby, try to wear him in a baby carrier or sling. Not only will it likely be soothing to him, it’ll probably be soothing (and liberating) to your achy arms.
4) Alternate arms so they each get a workout (and your body doesn’t get a lopsided ache).
You’ve heard the drawbacks of using a binky and also seen one of the major pluses (tears instantly disappear!). But what you may not have known: Pacifiers have been linked to a decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
One reason is that babies who suck on a pacifier might not sleep as deeply and would wake more easily than babies who don’t, making them less susceptible. Another is that sucking on a pacifier might help open up air space around a baby’s mouth and nose, which would prevent a little one from not getting enough oxygen.
Because of the reduced SIDS risk, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that pacifiers be used for babies younger than 1 year old at naptime and bedtime (though they still don’t recommend them for breastfeeding babies younger than 1 month old).
Put it in when you put your baby down to sleep, but don’t put it back in once your baby falls asleep. Just make sure to choose a one-piece pacifier that can’t come apart (pacifiers with multiple pieces pose a choking risk).
If you gave birth via cesarean, you’ll have an incision mark that’s been stapled or sewn shut and covered in a dozen little pieces of surgical tape, like a white railroad track across your abdomen.
Don’t freak out. Though it seems huge now, most section scars are only about 4 to 6 inches long and are typically below your bikini line. But you will need to bandage the site probably until your first postpartum appointment with your doctor a few weeks after giving birth.
About six weeks after the surgery, your scar and any incision pain will have improved dramatically (though it might itch as it heals).
Overhearing a shifting repertoire of baby sneezes, squeaks and snorts is par for the course when it comes to a newborn baby — and not an indication of anything to be concerned about. Your baby’s symphonic breathing is perfectly fine.
So try taking a deep “om” inhalation yourself, and learn the lowdown when it comes to baby breathing:
1) Variability. If you pay close attention, you’ll probably notice that your baby’s breathing is as variable as your own — slower when he’s relaxed, faster when he’s excited.
2) Speed. When a baby’s awake, he can take more than 60 breaths a minute — especially if he’s coming off a crying jag. That’s a lot faster than grown-ups — and it’s perfectly normal.
3) Pauses. If you watch your babe’s chest go up and down while he’s sleeping (of course, you know there’s no need to do that), you may notice that his breathing stops altogether for a few seconds. Not to worry. A sleeping newborn often holds his breath for five to 10 seconds and then starts right up again.
4) Noises. All those snorts and grunts happen because babies are nose-breathers. That’s a good thing since it makes it possible for them to breathe and nurse at the same time (“Look Ma, no hands!”). But nose-breathing can be problematic when something is blocking that sole air route. It doesn’t occur to the typical newborn baby to open his mouth as an alternate route for oxygen.