How your baby’s growing
Your baby’s almost a month old already! How did that happen? Time flies when you’re growing. By the end of this week, your baby may be able to lift his head briefly when he’s lying on his tummy. He may also be able to turn his head from side to side. His leg and arm movements are less jerky and, as he gains more control of his muscles, he’ll soon be much more co-ordinates.
Although you can’t be sure yet, your baby’s probably beginning to develop some eating and sleeping patterns. Still, expect a certain amount of change and unpredictability for another month or so.
Your baby likes bold lines and shapes. Hang up a colorful cot mobile with high-contrast patterns or any colorful toy over your baby’s crib for him to look at.
How your life’s changing
Why mince words? There’s only one to describe how you’re feeling: exhausted. If it’s any consolation, sleep deprivation has been the bane of every new parent’s life since time began. So what can you do? Try to sleep when your baby does — it’s worth dropping everything to get a precious few minutes of shut-eye. This exhaustion will eventually pass. Talk to parents of older children if you want reassurance, and read up on encouraging healthy sleep habits if you want to — yes, even at this age! Knowing how and why babies sleep will help you work out ways to get your baby settled into a routine you can all live with.
You may find this hard to believe in your bleary-eyed state, but as your baby grows, his sleep patterns will start to take on a more regular rhythm. Just keep in mind that some babies need more sleep, and some less. Good luck.
Consider buying a sling to help your baby needs to snuggle up to your body to quieten down. Your husband can also help you out with comfortably helping your baby sleep this way.
Parent tip: A parent-tested sleep trick
“Carrying our son in a sling and walking him always worked when we wanted him to sleep. His head fitted perfectly under my chin. This position kept him snuggled tight and allowed him to hear my heartbeat. When he was having a really hard night we would hum as we carried him and the vibrations on his head seemed to work wonders!” – Amrita
Things to consider
Talk to your doctor or a friend or relative who has just breastfed, if you’re having problems feeding. Overactive or painful let down, cracked nipples or mastitis and engorged breasts are all common problems, but they can be dealt with!
- Do you need any equipment to help with breastfeeding? Our breastfeeding buying guide can help.
- Are you managing to fit in your postnatal exercises? It’s worth making an effort to protect your pelvic floor.
- How do you feel about pacifiers?
- Traditional beverages for breastfeeding mums.
- Is it normal for a dad to be jealous of a new baby?
How to massage your little one
Massage can have a long-term effect of relaxing and soothing a baby. In the hot summer months, it is safer to avoid massage oils as they can cause prickly heat or infantile eczema if not washed off properly. However, if you would like to continue massaging your baby in summers, too, you could switch to olive oil or coconut oil, traditionally referred to as “cool” oils.
In winter, use “warm” oils, such as mustard oil and make sure that your baby is massaged in a warm room: you wouldn’t want him to catch the winter chill!