Baby's Development - Week 3
Up to now, you’ve been initiating all the snuggles, but now your baby will be making attempts to snuggle into you. Just the first little sign of the abundance of mommy love yet to come your way! Your baby seeks comfort in your arms and your scent; hold her close and relish this perfect time to bond.
Getting to know your baby
The first few weeks of your baby’s life can be a roller coaster, leaving you with a lot of questions you forgot to ask at the hospital. It’s very easy during this time to get caught up with the practicalities, forgetting to take time to enjoy this new little person. It’s not easy, but taking time out to relax, take stock of what just happened, and spend some quality ‘down’ time with your baby will set you up wonderfully for the months ahead.
Your newborn’s senses
Newborn babies have an acute sense of hearing, smell, taste and touch that enables them to respond to the world around them and recognise people, especially their mom! Their sight is less well developed at this stage.
If you’re having any issues with breastfeeding, there is lots of support available. Our breastfeeding expert, Lisa Wilkinson, is on hand to answer any questions you might have.
Baby clothing tips
Soft, good quality cotton is the best material for your baby's clothes. Long and short-sleeved vests and sleepsuits should suffice until the baby is a few months old. There are a few general guidelines you might want to follow for washing a new baby's clothes. Tiny babies in real clothes might look cute, but getting the clothes on and off is often more trouble than it’s worth – for baby and mom!
Bonding with dad
The first weeks and months as a new father can be a daunting time. Moms have gone through pregnancy, felt the baby move around, grow, and kick through the day and night – so it’s sometimes hard for dads to really feel involved.