Baby 6 weeks old
Prrrt, gjé, ahh ! Now that your baby is 6 weeks old, he discovers that he can make sounds himself. He kicks it off hard and wants nothing more than to ‘talk’ with you all day long. If you also want to get rid of your egg for the past few weeks, you can go to your midwife for a follow-up check-up this week. Have you recovered? Then you can start exercising again from this week.
Development baby 6 weeks
When your baby is 6 weeks old, he discovers that he can make sounds himself. He tries his voice in every way possible. It starts with careful chirping, printing and gje sounds, but you can also hear the ‘uh’, ‘ah’, and ‘ieh’ passing by from now on.
Stimulate his language development by reacting to him a lot. Imitate his sounds and lure him to imitate your sounds. In this way he notices that you find it important what he tells and he learns that he can also attract your attention in this way. By the way, enjoy the peace and quiet: the sounds are now still soft and gentle, but in a few weeks your little one will also discover its volume …
Does your baby often cry during or after feeding and is he inconsolable? Maybe he is suffering from intestinal cramps . These cause a lot of pain and restlessness for your baby. That also makes you pretty desperate! Just hold on: the cramps are now at their top, but after 4 months they usually decrease. You can try to ease the pain of your baby by massaging his tummy or by placing a warm jug on his tummy.
Your life with a 6 week old baby
It has been 6 weeks since you gave birth to your miracle. A birth is a major attack on your body and the past few weeks have probably been pretty hectic. You can therefore go to your midwife or gynecologist for a follow-up check-up this week . During this check-up you will look back on your birth, discuss your physical and emotional recovery after the birth and your obstetrician will check any wounds and / or physical complaints.
If you feel physically well again and have recovered, you can start to build up your condition from this week on. If you have had a caesarean section, you can only start again in 2 weeks. Your abdominal muscles then need more time to recover. Check here instructional films with exercises you can do now. An overview of sports that you can resume from this week can be found here .
Doing with your 6 week old baby
Are you ready for some relaxation? Then give your baby a baby massage . This way you have full attention for each other and you get to know your child well. Build the massage up quietly and create a warm environment with few incentives. Your baby will enjoy! Do you want to finish the massage optimally? After your massage, treat your baby to a splash in the Tummy tub . The warm water not only ensures even more relaxation, but also flushes the oil from his body. Small tip: keep a clean cloth handy. If your baby is so relaxed, there is still time to get out!
Postpartum Tips & Info
The Colic Carry
Sometimes when your baby is crying inconsolably, what he needs is more pressure. No, really. Pressure on a baby’s tummy can relieve gas, and gas is thought to be one of the major causes of ordinary crankiness and even colic.
Try the “colic carry”: Lay your baby on his tummy on your forearm, cradling his head in your hand. Use your other hand to stabilize him and rub his back. You can also try laying him tummy-down across your lap, with one of your knees under his tummy and the other supporting his head. Or hold him upright, with his abdomen on your shoulder, while you rub and pat his little back.
Another gas reliever: Lay him on his back and push his knees up to his tummy for 10 seconds. Release and repeat. Burp!Diaper Rash
To prevent diaper rash, try these tips:
1) Change diapers frequently, about every two hours at least. Replacing a peed- or pooped-in diaper with a clean, dry one plays a key role in preventing diaper rash. That’s because when skin stays damp for too long, it becomes more susceptible to rash-raising enzymes.
2) Perfumes and alcohols in soaps, scented baby wipes and other products that come in contact with your baby’s nether region can irritate that sensitive baby skin. Prevent diaper rash by cleaning his bottom with cotton balls or a washcloth soaked in warm water instead of using wipes — at least during the newborn stage, when that tender skin is the most sensitive. Also opt for a water-only approach or choose alcohol-free, unscented products if your little one seems particularly prone to rashes. Reach for the gentle baby soap only when necessary.
3) Sometimes super absorbent disposable diapers are so efficient at trapping moisture that they lead to more rashes. Try experimenting with different types of diapers or even switching to cloth to see whether that helps prevent diaper rash. Cloth diapers are less absorbent, which can encourage more frequent changes — and that, in turn, can be a change for the better if they lead to fewer breakouts.How to Plan Meals Ahead
One way to make sure you’re eating healthy as a new mom: Do as much as you can ahead of time. If you’re boiling an egg for lunch, boil six so they’re ready and waiting for you tomorrow. If it’s salmon salad you crave today, crack open a large can so that you’ll be able to fish for an easy snack the next day. Bake a half-dozen potatoes at once — it’s quick and easy to warm them later (with some pre-shredded cheddar and leftover broccoli). Ditto brown rice — make a box, and reheat it all week.
And if you actually manage to get to the market, linger where the prepared foods hang out (bag a rotisserie chicken, sliced roast turkey, turkey meatloaf, ready-to-eat veggie and fruit salads). Don’t forget to visit the salad bar — heap a few dishes high with your favorites (but keep the dressings on the side so you don’t end up with limp lettuce tomorrow).Using a Breast Pump
If you’re breastfeeding and ready to start pumping breast milk, maximize your output by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day plus eating plenty of water-packed fruits and veggies.
The best time to express is when your breasts are fullest (usually in the morning). If you’re at work, try to pump on the same schedule as your baby’s feedings so you keep your milk supply going strong. If you’re at home and are stockpiling milk, try pumping an hour or so after the baby’s morning feeding (or pump one breast while the baby is going to town on the other).
To begin using your best pump, find a comfortable, quiet spot and relax as much as possible to encourage letdown. A quick breast massage or leaning over and gently shaking your breasts can get the ball rolling, as can hot compresses to the nipples.
If your baby is close by, try cuddling him (as long as he doesn’t mind being this close to milk he can’t have); if you’re away from home, look at a favorite picture of him, or close your eyes and imagine his face and his smell as he nurses.
If you’re using an electric breast pump, use the lowest suction at first (you’re not trying to vacuum your breasts off your chest!), and then increase the juice when things get moving.
Do be patient. It may take a few minutes (or a few weeks) for you to get into a comfortable rhythm.Wearing Baby
Wearing your baby and walking around is a great way to soothe him if he’s crying. Your baby will enjoy the feeling of closeness and the rhythm of your steps. And as an extra bonus, your hands remain free for multitasking (laundry or dinner prep anyone?).
Have your baby face your body in a front-pack carrier for the first three months when he needs the extra head support. Or use a sling — which is great for on-the-go nursing and can convert to a side or back hold when your baby gets older.
If your baby balks at being in a sling or front carrier at first, don’t give up on it entirely. Some babies who don’t like to be facing backward come to love it when it’s time to face forward and see the world.Baby Sun Protection
Babies should be kept out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time until they’re 6 months old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). When you do go outside in the sunny weather, dress your infant in protective clothing — a cute little hat to shield that noggin and those kissable cheeks, along with long sleeves, pants (keep it lightweight so he doesn’t get too hot!) and socks.
If there’s no shade around — either from the stroller, an umbrella or a tree — use sunscreen (yes, even on a baby under 6 months old). Put a small dab on any exposed skin, including his face and the tops of his little hands and feet (if they’re bare).No Time to Grocery Shop?
When friends ask if there’s anything they can do to help, suggest they pick up a roast chicken, a tray of lasagna, prewashed bags of salad greens, a giant carton of fruit salad, a platter of veggies and dip or a dozen whole-wheat bagels (melt a slice of cheese on top of one of those babies, and you have yourself a healthy mini-meal).
Try to keep your kitchen stocked with easy-to-prepare foods you like, so that thinking about what to eat takes no thought at all. Another trick: Just dial up delivery. Nobody deserves deliveries as much as someone who’s just made one (a significant one).
Tap into every delivery option available to you — groceries (sure, you won’t get to squeeze the peaches, but at least you’ll end up with some), delis, restaurants of every kind from sushi (now that you can) to pizza. (In fact, getting good nutrition after pregnancy should be a breeze compared with your taboo-ridden pregnancy diet!)
Also consider ordering ahead a few meals, so that you’ll have something to reheat tomorrow.