Baby’s Development – Week 2
Your baby is focusing his little eyes on objects around him – he can just about focus on your face when you’re feeding him. Try moving slowly from side to side to see if he follows your movements; you’ll be encouraging him to strengthen his eye muscles and tracking skills.
Your newborn’s appearance
People are sometimes surprised by a newborn's appearance. Used to the unrealistic images of newborn babies in the movies, the reality can be quite a shock. Some babies have swollen eyes from the pressure of childbirth, skin can be very blotchy, with bluish hands and feet, as circulation has not yet stabilised. Probably the most surprising for parents is the cone-shaped head that’s so common in babies who were born using a vacuum, or following a long labour. But don’t worry – they’re all temporary, and you’ll still think your little bundle is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen!
A breastfeeding mother needs around 400 to 500 additional calories a day to produce the energy she needs to produce sufficient milk. While it can be tempting when you’re exhausted to eat whatever’s most comforting and easy, remember that the more nutritious your diet, the more energy you will have, and the more nutritious your milk will be for your baby. Continuing to take your prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding is also encouraged.
The dos and don’ts of breastfeeding
Having problems taking to breastfeeding? You’re not alone! Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you’re making the most out of those wonderfully full breasts! Finding the right breastfeeding position for you and your baby early on can help prevent problems down the line.
Your baby’s first wash
Because a newborn’s skin is so delicate, the baby's first bath is usually when he is two weeks old. After that, he will only need a bath once every few days, with a daily ‘top and tail’ to keep him freshened up in between. Your baby might begin to show signs of cradle cap, dry skin or sticky eyes in the coming weeks. All are easily treatable.