Baby 7 weeks old
Now that your baby is 7 weeks old, he is slowly developing a day and night rhythm. But don’t be too early: it may take a while before he, and therefore you, sleep through a night! Are you still not going anywhere without a box of tissues? Maybe you have a postnatal depression. Try to talk about it and seek help. You don’t have to do it all by yourself.
- Can focus his eyes on objects
- Follows things with his eyes
- Thumbs to comfort himself
- Imitates facial expressions
DID YOU KNOW…
… your baby even hears the emotions in your voice in his sleep? So you have a fight with your partner , give each other a big hug and sand over it ..!
Development baby 7 weeks
Your baby is still a nice sleeping couple. He has already slept about 833 hours in total! These are almost 35 of the 49 days he is with you now. During the first few weeks he slept an average of 3 hours in a row, both during the day and at night. Now that your baby is 7 weeks old, he adjusts his sleep rhythm bit by bit and he sleeps a little longer in a row at night. Unfortunately, it does not mean that you can catch up on sleep from now on: it can take a while before your little one, and so do you, sleep through an entire night …
Does your baby regularly squabble before falling asleep? Don’t worry about it: he probably already did this while he was still in your womb. The saber on his thumb gives him a familiar feeling, which makes him calm and can comfort himself. This way your baby learns that he can calm himself down without always needing your help.
For the time being you don’t have to worry about his teeth . Thumbs can only have adverse effects by the time your baby exchanges its baby teeth. So let your little one enjoy that soothing finger!
Your life with a 7 week old baby
Your life has probably changed dramatically in recent weeks. In the meantime, you are a little used to your new life and your role as a mother. You have overcome the biggest fright and if all goes well you have replaced your maternity tears with tears of happiness. Do you still feel gloomy? Then you might be dealing with postnatal depression . Don’t be ashamed of this, you are certainly not the only one! Try to discuss it with someone and go see the doctor. Together you can look for a suitable solution and possibly extra help. You don’t have to do everything alone. Hold on!
How nice, you and your baby have probably found a bit of a rhythm. It is a miracle, but you may have an hour left for yourself every day. And that means: mommy me-time ! Do what you feel like doing in these free hours. Fill the tub, pull the good book away from the dust or watch your favorite series. Catching an hour of sleep isn’t a bad idea by the way … If only you can refuel!
C&A Miffy collection
Nijntje has been the favorite bunny of children and their parents for more than 60 years. C&A now has a new collection with the sweetest and softest baby clothes with this sweet figure.
Doing with your 7 week old baby
Stimulate the sight of your little one. Draw nice faces on your fingers or use finger puppets. Place your baby on its back and bring your fingers slowly into its sight . Wait until he focuses his eyes on the dolls. Slowly introduce the puppets one by one by bending your finger forward and talking. Wait until your baby responds to the introduction and then start a nice conversation. Your baby may not be able to follow the dolls well with his eyes, but he finds it very interesting!
Postpartum Tips & Info
Try Modified Crunches
A very common pregnancy condition known in medical circles as diastasis recti is a gap in your abdominal muscles that can develop as the abdomen expands during pregnancy. It can take time for this gap to close, so make sure your belly is in good shape before you start tummy exercises after pregnancy or you’ll risk an injury.
In the meantime, you can do this postpartum exercise to help the separation heal: Lie on your back, knees bent, feet on the floor. Exhale and slowly extend one leg along the floor. Inhale and bring the leg back to the bent-knee position. Repeat with your other leg. (Just make sure to check with your doctor before exercising again.)Super Baby Senses
Do you learn something new every day? Your 7-week-old baby does — and then some! Around the 7-week mark, she’s awake and alert more often during the day, so pencil her in for more playtime.
Best ways to stimulate those senses? Provide plenty of opportunities for her to experience her surroundings through sound, sight and touch. Small doses are best (if she’s fussing or squirming, she’s had enough), and simple toys are all you need.
For example, now that she can track moving objects with her eyes, try slowly shifting a ball, rattle or cloth from one side to the other as she faces you. Watch as she plays along by moving her eyes back and forth (tennis, anyone?).
Her baby blues (or browns) are becoming more discriminating these days, too. While she could once make out only bright colors and basic, two-toned patterns, she’s now beginning to discern — and delight in! — more complex designs and a whole rainbow of colors.
Now’s the time to break out some vibrantly hued board books or give her a narrated tour of your fascinating backyard. Not only does she love the sound of your words (after all, she’s been hearing them since well before she was born!), but she’s also starting to be able to put your face to your voice, and those of other familiar folks.
While it may not seem like it, she’s listening carefully and may soon try to respond with some sounds of her own. Encourage her by chatting and cooing along in a conversational pattern. (No, you won’t sound silly — you’ll sound like a parent!)Baby Separation Anxiety
A little advance prep will go a long way toward reducing your separation jitters and making your absence as easy as possible on your baby.
First, get used to the idea by leaving your baby with a family member or friend for an hour or two a couple of times over the course of a few weeks so you (and baby) get used to the fact that you leave…and come back. Once you see your little darling hasn’t fallen into a thousand pieces while you’re gone, you’ll feel a lot less anxious about leaving her again.
At this age, being out of sight pretty much means being out of mind, so your baby will usually stop thinking about you and be quite content with any sitter who provides gentle, attentive care.
At zero hour, keep the farewells tear-free and short (you’ll have plenty of time to reconnect when you get back), but do say good-bye. And don’t attempt to shut out conflicting emotions (e.g., guilt, fear, relief) by blocking your baby from your mind while you’re gone. It’s fine to think of her, but try not to worry.Returning to Work
If you’re planning on going back to work, try these tips to help ease those back-to-work jitters:
1) Stay flexible. With work, that is. Talk to your boss before you come back about flexible hours, working from home part-time or sharing a job if that makes sense. Be prepared to suggest ways that a flexible arrangement might work so your boss knows you’re serious about making your new situation successful.
2) Set up child care. Make sure you’re comfortable with your child care arrangement before you walk out the door. Ideally, you and your baby will have had some time to settle in to whatever routine you’ll be following once you’re back at work full-time.
3) Get a late start. Schedule your first day for later in the week so your first week back at work is a short one (minimizing the amount of time you spend away from your little one right off the bat).Baby’s First Shots
Around 8 weeks, it’s time for another well-baby checkup, and this one features your little one’s first round of immunizations.
At this visit, your child will be vaccinated against DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, a.k.a. whooping cough), Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b), IPV (polio), pneumococcal disease, Hep B (hepatitis B — unless she got it at her 4-week checkup instead) and RV (rotavirus).
Chances are you’re much more nervous than your baby, so remember: The pain of a vaccine is only momentary (feels like a pinch) and compared with the pain of the diseases the immunization is protecting against, insignificant.
You can minimize your baby’s pain by holding her in your arms and by distracting her (studies show babies cry less this way), by breastfeeding immediately before or during the immunization, or by using an anesthetic cream an hour earlier (ask your pediatrician — it needs a prescription).When to Call a Pediatrician
Not sure whether or not you should call baby’s pediatrician? Follow these tips:
1) For coughs and colds, check in with your doctor if your baby has a dry cough that’s been hanging around for more than a week, or if the cough becomes wheezy or productive (meaning she’s coughing up mucus). Also call if her runny nose lasts more than about 10 days, if there’s green mucus from both sides of the nose for more than 10 days, or if the mucus is streaked with blood.
2) For constipation, call for help if your baby passes hard small balls of poop regularly or if you notice blood in the stool.
3) Does your baby have diarrhea or is she vomiting? A few episodes are usually not a big deal. Seek your doctor’s help if either vomiting or diarrhea (very watery, sometimes mucus-tinged stools, occurring more frequently than your child’s normal pattern) lasts for more than 24 hours or is accompanied by a fever, or if stools contain blood. Call right away if you see signs of dehydration: few or no wet diapers (or urine that is dark yellow instead of clear), dry skin, lack of saliva or tears, or sunken eyes or fontanel (the soft spot on your baby’s head).
4) For babies under 2 months with a fever, call the doctor right away if her temp is 100.4º F or higher and go to the emergency room if you can’t reach your doctor.Baby Baths
There’s no need to bathe your baby every day. Too much tub time could dry out her tender skin, and the truth is, babies don’t get dirty enough to need daily baths until they’re crawling around and eating solid (messy!) foods.
Until then, a couple of baths a week with mild soap and shampoo is plenty. In between those rub-a-dub-dubs, practice daily spot checks with a warm, wet washcloth.
Your newborn skin care routine should include sponge baths that focus on the mouth, the skin folds (where the gook tends to build up), and the diaper region. Sponge from the top down — and save the diaper area for last.