Your baby is now smiling, communicating in oohs and aahs, and gaining strength. Her feed intake may increase because of growth spurts. Read on to reflect how her behaviour has changed and for better ways to connect with her. Week 6 will bring a lot of landmarks, take things slowly and enjoy every moment.
Your Newborn Baby's Growth Week-By-Week – Sixth Week
Your baby might have gained some 500 grams to 1 kilogram now. Although it varies individually, you may find some clothes getting a bit tighter.
Babies generally experience growth spurts lasting several days at 10 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 4 months and 6 months of age and it's often the 6 weeks spurt that is most prominent to parents. At this time the constant feeding and broken sleep make dealing with an unsettled baby the hardest.
During a spurt the baby will want to feed longer and more often (some seem to want to stay on the breast 24/7). This constant feeding is a way of ensuring that your milk supply will build to meet her growing needs. Growth spurts tend to last approximately 3 days. Don't be too strict with a routine - suspend normal activities as it's just a phase she's going through.
You may notice naps becoming shorter and the baby may wake up within half an hour. Avoid nursing, feeding or rocking her to put her back to sleep again as it might aggravate her.
Her little arms and legs are gaining strength and you may find those small fists stretching to grab things with her tiny fingers.
Your baby will inspect new objects at first with eyes and later with hands and mouth. At this age reading picture books, playing music, and introducing new objects will stimulate learning.
Speaking to her in a gentle, soothing but adult voice will help learning too. Because it can be difficult to discern cognitive markers at this early age, don’t be too worried if your child doesn’t meet all of the milestones.
By now your baby will have different cries for different things and she might even respond when she hears familiar voices.
She'll express interest in new unfamiliar objects and pay close attention to new faces.
Sensory, Social and Emotional Development
Your baby should be smiling often by now, making your sleepless nights and hard work worth it!
During her three day growth spurts though, the crying may peak. If you're planning to bottle feed, this may be the right time to introduce the same. You may try formula milk or pumped breast milk.
Between the 2-4 month mark, your baby’s range of emotional expressions will develop rapidly. Most babies this age will smile when they’re amused, coo when content, and cry when feeling lonely or frustrated.
Crying is still the most preferred way of communication, though it may be different for colicky babies. If your baby still has the case of colic, patience is the primary requirement. Talk to your doctor if the problem persists.
If you're busy, she will still enjoy hearing your voice from across the room. Don't shy from talking Motherese or baby talk — babies are particularly attuned to this high-pitched, drawn-out way of communicating that can actually teach your baby about the structure and function of language.
The social smile is her way of interacting with you because you'll return it with a smile of your own. Before long, your baby will begin to smile when she hears your voice.
A play gym full of compelling toys to look at, swipe at, and listen to will give your baby practice with arm, hand, and finger coordination skills- and make lying down more interesting!
Now that she's awake for longer periods, you can use the time to stimulate her sensory development. Try singing nursery rhymes, or playing music to her. The sound of wind chimes or a ticking clock may amuse your baby.
Contact your Pediatrician if
Sensory Issues: You sense a problem with your baby’s hearing or vision, such as not focusing with both eyes on nearby objects or failing to be startled by loud sounds.
If your baby is crying even after a feed, it may be due to low milk supply for a growth spurt.
If your baby is not making any sound or if she is not responding to any.
Vaccination schedule for week 6
DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus): The vaccination is given to prevent respiratory illness, whooping cough and tetanus. There may be mild fever, pain and swelling in the injected area.
IPV (Inactivated Polio Vaccine): It prevents Polio that can cause muscle weakness or paralysis.
It is a beautiful feeling when your baby smiles at you, holds your fingers and responds every little sound you make. She loves the attention and her time with mom and dad. Despite your busy days and sleepless nights, allot time to simply talk to your little one. Happy mommy'ing!