Baby’s third week
How fast it went! Your baby is just a month away. You begin to understand each other better and the connection between mom and baby increases even more.
Without much effort, the pace of the house adapts to this new resident. The magic of motherhood is becoming more and more real and you can already anticipate the baby’s needs, recognizing crying, actions during sleep, among others.
The baby’s normal routine will not undergo apparent changes, continuing to sleep and breastfeed a lot and the diaper change keeps the same amount, more or less 8 per day.
The baby still has uncoordinated movements and even if he starts to have slight head control, he will need your support while the neck is not strong enough to do it alone. Always hold the baby by supporting the head.
The baby’s vision remains blurred at a distance of more than 30 cm. To stimulate, mobiles, colorful toys and their favorite image, the mother’s face approaching with a smile and talking are welcome.
Be careful not to leave objects in the crib that could hurt or suffocate the baby. The mobiles must be at a safe height and securely attached and the toys must be removed whenever there is no direct adult supervision.
Interact verbally with your baby by talking a lot. Even if he does not express it clearly, he will be observing and listening to everything you say, which will serve as a stimulus for the formation of vocabulary.
The head already moves looking for where the sound comes from. The “uh” and “ah” are an attempt to express themselves, but not so soon will they replace the form that brings faster results for the baby, which is crying.
Sunbathing is indicated by the pediatrician, who will assess the baby’s health conditions.
It is necessary to stimulate the production of vitamin D, responsible for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the bones, ensuring healthy growth and development.
The ideal time should be at times of less strong sun, before 10 am or after 4 pm, and it does not need to last more than 5 minutes, because more than that can be harmful to the baby’s skin.
And be careful with the clothes. In the heat, do not put too much during the walks. In the cold, make sure your baby doesn’t catch a cold.
The baby’s sleep will continue to be prolonged throughout the day, between 4 pm and 8 pm. At this stage, babies are able to sleep longer at night, but still wake up to breastfeed.
The baby gradually understands and his organism starts to regulate the biological cycle, being able to become the much dreamed baby who sleeps all night easier than you think.
From the 15th day, the baby must already show some signs that he is hungry, such as looking for his chest with his mouth or sucking his little hand. Both are getting along better, making the moment more peaceful.
Transition milk becomes stronger and is considered mature. It contains all the nutrients necessary for the baby’s physical and cognitive development. It is composed of vitamins, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates and should be the baby’s only source of food until 6 months.
As the amount of milk increases, the breast can become quite full, called hyperactivity. For moms who have more than enough for the baby, it is recommended to look for a milk bank for the donation.
A sore chest, cracked or injured beak can be signs that the handle is not being done correctly. The right shape is the baby’s mouth surrounding the entire areola of the chest.
In case of mastitis, which causes hardening of the breast, pus, pain, inflammation and fever, it is advisable to seek help from a milk bank or a breastfeeding consultant.
Consultation with pediatrician
The doctor will assess how the baby’s development is progressing, whether it has gained weight, whether the growth is adequate, among other important details. Vitamins A and D in drops can be prescribed.
The preparation is the same as the first consultation, that is, write down your doubts on all matters related to the baby and ask everything you need to know.
Care for mom
You will also need to have tests to see if everything is fine. Go to an obstetrician, this professional will advise you on vitamins, examine the breasts, the stitches and the healing of the stitches and check that there is no deficiency of iron or other nutrients, which can happen to those who breastfeed and cannot take good care of themselves same.
Remember that you need to be healthy and willing to take care of your baby. If you feel a lot of postpartum sadness, it may be worthwhile to see a psychologist.