Baby 8 weeks old
Last week your baby discovered his own voice, this week he gets his hands on the sights. Those crazy fingers are pretty interesting! What your baby does not like is the vaccination that he may receive when he is 8 weeks old. That is quite a shock and the tears will flow abundantly. By the way, do you also think a bit about yourself?
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Development baby 8 weeks
Your baby’s world is getting bigger and he is discovering more and more. First he preferred to look at large contrasts, since a few weeks your baby has noticed that there is much more to experience! The world is not as black and white as he thought, because he now sees the colors red and green. He will also suddenly discover his own hands . What are those crazy, moving sticks? He should investigate this further and spend the necessary hours on it. And you can watch it for hours on your turn.
So far, the consultation center has mainly looked at its development, but if your baby is 8 weeks old, he may receive his first vaccinations . A moment where you are pretty upset and maybe you secretly tear a tear away. Fortunately you know what you are doing it for. Moreover, it is not mandatory to have your baby vaccinated. In this background article, we expose this discussion and present eight important questions about vaccinating your baby to four different experts.
Your life with an 8 week old baby
Although your baby still sleeps a lot when he is 8 weeks old, your sleep and rest may still be a long way off. Add up the broken nights, the sleep deprivation and your new responsibilities as a mom, and you have the recipe for a tired mom. It sometimes feels a miracle that you are still alive!
Yet it is very important that you take enough rest. Nobody can use it if you collapse, right? You may find these tips helpful:
- Set priorities. Make a distinction between what is really necessary and what can still wait. Ironing is also possible tomorrow and that floor does not have to be waxed every day. That hour of sleep on the other hand …
- Ask others for help. Grandpa and grandma sit next to their phone all day waiting for a call from you to look after the little one. Your sister, brother or best friend is also not the worst person and will not mind ‘hugging’ an hour with ‘their baby’ (No, I had absolutely no plans! I am coming now) . Take advantage of this!
- Home delivery is the new shopping experience. Make it easy on yourself and have everything delivered to your home for the time being. Do your shopping online and order those baby clothes in a webshop. Need inspiration? We have listed the nicest and best webshops for you.
- Sleep like a baby. Literally. Does your baby close its eyes? Feel free to crawl under the wool yourself.
- Professional help. Think of a cleaning lady who takes care of your household tasks or a babysitter so that you have a few hours to yourself. If you still feel very gloomy , visit your doctor. Together you can look for a suitable solution and possibly he can refer you for professional help, for example a psychologist.
- Take care of yourself. With a baby you may not be number 1 anymore. Yet it is important that you continue to take good care of yourself. Eat well and healthily, take care of yourself with a delicious cream and exercise sufficiently . If you feel comfortable, you have a lot more energy!
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Doing with your 8 week old baby
Are you completely healed from below? Then have a nice swim with your baby! This is a relaxing activity for both of you and reminds your little one of the safe, warm womb. In addition, baby swimming is also good for its motor development and splashing together is just fun. Wait a while before swimming until your baby has had his first vaccinations , so that he is well protected against diseases.
Postpartum Tips & Info
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.)
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!)
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.