Baby 5 weeks old
When your baby is 5 weeks old, he can treat you to his very first real smile. So sweet! That more than makes up for those sleepless nights! Not that you use those sleepless nights to show your partner all corners of the room. On the contrary: you are probably not waiting for a big party. Do what you feel comfortable with, that is the most important thing!
Development baby 5 weeks
In recent weeks, a smile has regularly appeared on your baby’s sweet face, usually out of reflex on a fart or relaxation. But if your baby is between 5 and 8 weeks old, he can show you his first real smile . The difference? He is now smiling in response to something, usually because he recognizes you . So it’s a social laugh and his eyes are smiling along nicely. Smile back a lot, so he learns that he can also communicate with his smile.
What your baby can’t laugh at, and neither can you, is reflux . If your little one suffers from this, his stomach contents will rise again after the feeding. Because of this he has to spit and / or gag, which causes an unpleasant and burning sensation in his throat. Fortunately, the consequences are usually not harmful, but keep an eye on the weight of your child!
Your life with a baby of 5 weeks old
Some women can’t wait, but most don’t even think about it in the first few weeks after giving birth: sex . And that is not surprising, because it does not feel like a ‘pleasure stamp’ below that. The advice is therefore to wait at least 6 weeks with the first free party. Are you already jumping? Then at least wait until you no longer flow and any wounds have healed completely. This way you prevent annoying infections.
The first time between the sheets can still feel awkward and even uncomfortable. Certainly when you are attached, it can still be sensitive. Discuss your fears and uncertainties in advance with your partner, take the time and take it easy. You both have to be ready for it again! There are plenty of other fun (intimate) things that you can do together.
Before you dive into the bedroom together, it is wise to look at birth control . You can be fertile again soon after the birth. If you prefer to wait a while with the next miracle, birth control is important. Incidentally, it is a myth that you cannot become pregnant if you are breastfeeding : it may take a little longer before you are fertile again, but this is not always the case.
Doing with your 5 week old baby
Investigate what makes your little one happy: pull crazy faces and make strange noises. Grab different hugs and move them cheerfully back and forth in front of his eyes. Or shake the rattle well. As soon as those eyes start to shine and that toothless smile appears, you know you’re in the right place!
Postpartum Tips & Info
Though little babies look very fragile, they are actually quite sturdy. That said, little babies are also quite vulnerable to injuries, which means it’s your job to keep your little one safe and protected. You can do this by following a few basic safety tips.Baby Smiles and Sounds
By 5 weeks of age, when the corners of your baby’s mouth curl up, you can safely attribute it to an actual social smile (unless, of course, you happen to detect that telltale odor that means it’s time for another diaper change). And who better to practice those first smiles on than Mom? (Yes, you!)
So keep up those loving interactions with your baby (the little things that mean a lot — like talking, singing and cooing to your baby) and you will have plenty to smile about.
Something else your 5-week-old baby will smile about around now: music — whether it’s you singing your way through a diaper change or the radio humming in the background.
Your baby’s acutely aware of other sounds too, like bells, barking dogs, vacuum cleaners and whistles. She may kick with pleasure at these sounds, cry out or quiet down to get a better listen (a lot depends on whether they’re sounds that became familiar in utero).
Just be sure to note which sounds calm down your baby best so you can recreate them when you need to most!Stress Less About Meals
First things first: Stock up on staples. Fill your pantry and fridge with go-to basics like low-sodium chicken broth, whole grain bread crumbs, olive oil and eggs. This way your weekly grocery shopping trip will be easier to manage. Plus, knowing you’ve got key ingredients on hand before you start prepping a meal makes the process a whole lot easier.
Also, don’t be a slave to scheduling — let’s face it, as fun as Taco Tuesday sounds, things come up and you might decide at the last minute that you want nothing more than a bowl of cereal or PB and J. Save one slot a week for a leftover potluck and give yourself some extra wiggle room to switch things up so dinnertime stays low-pressure…and maybe even fun.Milk Allergies in Babies
When an infant has a milk allergy, the baby’s immune system reacts negatively to the proteins in cow’s milk. If the baby is breastfed, she’s reacting to the dairy her mother has eaten (the milk proteins pass through breast milk), and if the baby is formula-fed, she’s reacting to the cow’s milk proteins in the formula.
In either case, the immune system sees the cow’s milk proteins as foreign substances, and in its efforts to fend off the invaders, the body releases histamine and other chemicals, which cause allergic symptoms in the body.
Symptoms of milk allergies in babies include: frequent spitting up, vomiting, signs of abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood in stool, lack of weight gain, hives, a scaly skin rash, coughing or wheezing, watery eyes and stuffy nose, trouble breathing or even anaphylaxis (which is a life-threatening allergic reaction and requires an immediate call to the doctor, 911 and/or a trip to the ER).
If your baby has symptoms of a milk allergy, see your pediatrician, who will likely perform a physical exam and an examination of your baby’s stool, discuss your family’s history of allergies, and/or maybe even perform a skin-prick test.Infant Acne
If you thought you had until puberty set in to worry about blemishes tarnishing your sweetie’s skin, think again. About 40 percent of babies develop infant acne, which commonly creeps up at 2 to 3 weeks of age and is usually gone before the 6-month mark.
Infant acne is caused by Mom’s hormones, which are still circulating in a baby’s bloodstream. These pimples that creep up on your little one’s crystal-clear skin aren’t pretty, but the good news is they’re harmless and won’t leave permanent scars — just resist the impulse to squeeze them or apply creams.
The best solution is to keep the area clean (with water only) and let the pimples vanish on their own (which they will — and soon too).Your Belly After Baby
Even if you didn’t gain much excess weight during your pregnancy and even if you shed most of your post-pregnancy pounds in the hospital, your post-baby bump will likely stick out for at least a month or more after birth. And that’s okay — after all, your skin is elastic, but it’s not spandex and your uterus just stretched from the size of a pear to that of a watermelon. So it’s going to take a while to get back to stone-fruit size.
In fact, for the first few days after childbirth, you’re likely to feel abdominal cramping; that’s your uterus contracting as it starts to shrink. Plus, your abdominal muscles distended to make room for the baby.
Just remember, hold off on the crunches until you get a go-ahead from your doctor, especially if you’ve had a C-section.Strawberry Hemangiomas
These soft, raised strawberry look-a-likes that often appear on your baby’s head, chest or upper back are extremely common in infants and usually fade away between the ages of 5 and 10 years old, if not by the preschool years.
Ranging from the size of a freckle all the way to a drink coaster, these bumps are created during fetal development when immature veins and capillaries break away from the circulatory system.
The best approach is to let the hemangioma disappear on its own, but if it continues to grow larger, spontaneously bleeds or becomes infected, or if its location interferes with your baby’s vision or ability to eat, consult your doctor.
The simplest treatment is compression and massage, which can speed up the birth mark’s fading. More aggressive treatments include steroids, surgery, laser therapy, cryotherapy (freezing) and injection of hardening agents. Talk to your pediatrician to find out which option is best for your baby.Breastfeeding Birth Control?
If you’re breastfeeding, you may have heard that nursing can serve as a form of birth control — and while that’s not entirely untrue, it’s not the whole story either.
Breastfeeding offers some protection — to a point. Exclusive breastfeeding, which consists of nursing at least every four hours during the daytime and at least every six hours at night, for the first six months postpartum and before the return of your period, is referred to as Lactational Amenorrhea (LAM). It is considered a form of birth control so long as all of the criteria are met.
Breastfeeding outside of those criteria, however, especially when the mother is supplementing with formula or solids and her period has yet to return, does not offer the same contraceptive protection.
For this reason, your OB/GYN will likely suggest that you switch to another kind of birth control if you’re not actively trying to get pregnant.