Baby's Development - Week 7
If you’ve been singing sweet lullabies to your little one, this week his senses are starting to awaken and he’ll be more in tune to different sounds and colour. So sing to your heart’s content! Mobiles over his cot will start to grab his attention – time to run for that 30-second shower!
Car travel with your baby
Right about now, you might want to start getting out and about in your car, showing off your new arrival to friends and family, going for coffees with friends, and visiting relatives. Ensuring that you have purchased the right car seat for your baby’s weight, and that’s it’s fitted properly, is crucial. It’s advised never to buy a second hand car seat from someone you don’t know; the seat could have been involved in an accident, and may not be safe to re-use.
How are baby’s nappies?
Nappies can tell a lot when it comes to the wellbeing of your baby. Not enough wet nappies throughout the day, and your baby could be dehydrated. Deciphering the type of baby poop your baby is passing can also be a great indicator of whether he’s constipated, and needs to see your GP. Bet you never thought you’d spend so much time discussing bodily functions!
Massaging your baby
Baby massage is a wonderfully therapeutic and bonding experience for both you and your baby. While some babies aren’t too interested, others coo contentedly and really revel in it. Massaging your baby is an excellent before-bed exercise, bringing bedtime peace and calm. It can also really help colic and constipation.
You might be starting to think about baby sleep routines right about now. But eumom sleep expert Niamh O’Reilly recommends leaving the rules and routines until your little one is at least 12 weeks old, which gives you a few more weeks to relax, get to know each other and enjoy this special, rule-less time with your new family.