Baby’s Development – Week 5
Your baby’s movements are becoming smoother this week. Give him time each day to learn to use his body by slowly putting him in different positions. Fully supporting him, try sitting him up or lie him on his tummy across your arm in a flying position. (Remember to always support his head).
Baby’s growing tummy
For the first two months, your baby’s night feeds are vital for his growth. But as his tummy starts to grow, and he can feed that bit more, it means more sleep for him…and you!
Knowing how much to feed your baby
Worrying that your baby isn’t getting enough milk, or that you’re overfeeding your baby, is a common worry for new mothers. It’s a lot easier to overfeed a baby when bottle-feeding, while more often than not, it’s the mothers who are breastfeeding that worry that their baby isn’t getting enough milk.
Your baby will receive six vaccinations in the first 13 months of his life; at birth, two months, four months, six months, 12 months and 13 months.
Colic…the dreaded word. Having a colicky baby can be extremely frustrating and tiring. While some babies go through a mild case of colic for a few weeks, others can suffer from severe colic for anything up to a few months. It can be an extremely stressful time for the whole family. As difficult as it might sound when you’re in the depths of despair from a lack of sleep and the constant crying, try to remember that it will pass, and take whatever chance you get for some ‘you’ time to recuperate.
Getting the formula right
If you’re bottle feeding your baby, all going well, the formula and bottles will suit your little one perfectly. If he becomes colicky or generally uncomfortable after feeds, or if he becomes constipated or has diarrhoea, you may need to consider changing to another formula.
If you’re concerned at the amount of waste your baby’s nappies are producing, you could always choose to use eco disposable nappies. They’re a lot kinder to the environment, and some claim to be safer for baby, as they’re exposed to less toxins. Another alternative is reusable cloth nappies, which have come a long way since the ones your mom used on you! They’re not the most practical option, which does put some parents off. Choose what best suits you, your pocket, and your lifestyle.