What To Expect At 3-8 Weeks
How is your baby is developing?
All babies are unique and meet milestones at their own pace. Developmental guidelines simply show what your baby has the potential to accomplish, if not right now, then soon, keep in mind that kids born early usually need a bit more time to meet their milestones. If you have any questions at all about your baby's development Remember, that your baby is an individual, PLEASE feel free to ask your healthcare provider all that you are not sure of in this log.
Your womb was a warm and cozy environment, and it takes time for your baby to adjust to the various sights, sounds, and sensations of life outside your body. You may or may not be able to detect much of a personality just yet as your baby spends his time moving in and out of several different states of sleepiness, quiet alertness, and active alertness. The only way your baby knows to communicate is by crying, but you can communicate with him through your voice and your touch. (Your baby can now recognize the differences between your voice and that of their father or caregiver differently.)
Baby loves to be held, caressed, kissed, stroked, massaged, and carried. they may even make an "ah" sound when they hears your voice or sees your face, and they'll be able to turn to the area that your voice or sounds are coming from, babies love and need to suck at some point, so don't discourage it, but do not use it to supplement food or over do it, at least do not use a pacifier in the first month until the baby really needs it. In fact, you may have already discovered that a pacifier works wonders in helping your baby calm down. When the "binky" or your finger isn't available, your baby may even be able to find his thumb or fingers to soothe him.
Babies who do not suck a pacifier, so there might or might not be needs for them to have a pacifier at some point. In fact, you may discover that a pacifier works wonders at times in helping your baby calm down. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using pacifiers at nap time and bedtime, based on evidence that using a pacifier may reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. When the binky or your finger isn't around, he may even be able to find their thumb or fingers to soothe themselves.
Why do babies cry?
So how are parents supposed to know what their baby is trying to tell them? It can be tricky to interpret your child’s cries, especially at first.
Here are the most common reasons babies cry. If your little one is wailing and you don't know why, work your way down the list. Chances are you'll find something that helps.
This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries.
Learning to recognize the signs of hunger will help you start your baby's feedings before the crying stage. Some signs to watch for in newborns: fussing, smacking of lips, rooting (a newborn reflex that causes babies to turn their head toward your hand when you stroke their cheek), and putting their hands to their mouth.
2. A dirty diaper
Some babies let you know right away when they need to be changed. Others can tolerate a dirty diaper for quite a while.
Either way, this one is easy to check.
3. Needs sleep
Aren't babies lucky? When they're tired they can simply go to sleep anytime, anywhere. Or so adults like to think.
In reality, it's harder for them than you might think. Instead of nodding off, babies may fuss and cry, especially if they're overly tired.
4. Wants to be held
Babies need a lot of cuddling. They like to see their parents' faces, hear their voices, and listen to their heartbeats, and can even detect their unique smell. Crying can be their way of asking to be held close.
5. Tummy troubles (gas, colic, and more)
Tummy troubles associated with gas or colic can lead to lots of crying. In fact, the rather mysterious condition called colic is defined as inconsolable crying for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for at least three weeks in a row.
If your baby often fusses and cries right after being fed, he may be feeling some sort of tummy pain. Many parents swear by over-the-counter anti-gas drops for babies or gripe water (made from herbs and sodium bicarbonate). Get your doctor's okay before using either of these.
Even if your baby isn't colicky and has never been fussy after eating, an occasional bout of gas pain can make him miserable until he works it out. If you suspect gas, try something simple to eliminate it such as putting him on his back, holding his feet, and moving his legs in a gentle bicycling motion, while massaging their tummy.
Discover other possible causes of babies abdominal pain, including reflux, stomach flu, milk allergy, lactose intolerance, constipation, and intestinal blockage
6. Needs to burp
Burping isn't mandatory. But if your baby cries after a feeding, a good burp may be all he needs.
Babies swallow air when they breastfeed or suck from a bottle, and if the air isn't released it may cause some discomfort. Some babies are intensely bothered by having air in their tummy, while others don't seem to burp or need to be burped much at all.
7. Too cold or too hot
When your baby feels chilly, such as when you remove his clothes to change a diaper or clean his bottom with a cold wipe, he may protest by crying.
Newborns like to be bundled up and kept warm — but not too warm. As a rule, they’re comfortable wearing one more layer than you need to be comfortable. Babies are less likely to complain about being too warm than about being too cold, and they won't cry about it as vigorously.
8. Wants less stimulation
Babies learn from the stimulation of the world around them, but sometimes they have a hard time processing it all the lights, the noise, being passed from hand to hand. Crying can be a baby's way of saying, "I've had enough."
Many newborns enjoy being swaddled. It seems to make them feel more secure when the world gets overwhelming. If your baby's too old for swaddling or doesn't like it, try retreating to a serene spot and letting your baby vent for a while to manage a meltdown.
9. Wants more stimulation
A "demanding" baby may be outgoing and eager to see the world. And often the only way to stop the crying and fussing is to stay active. This can be exhausting for you!
Try "wearing" your baby in a sling or front carrier, Plan plenty of activities. Hang out with other parents with babies. Go on regular outings to kid-friendly places, whether that's your local playground,
10. Not feeling well
If you've met your baby's basic needs and comforted him and he's still crying, he could be coming down with something. You may want to check his temperature to rule out a fever and be alert for other signs of illness.
The cry of a sick baby tends to be distinct from one caused by hunger or frustration. If your baby's crying "just doesn't sound right," trust your instincts and call or see a doctor.
11. What to do if your baby's still crying
If your baby has a full tummy, clean diaper, fever-free, you now need to find out why he is crying? Babies have their own good reasons. But even the wisest parents can't read their babies' mind all the time and babies don't have the words to tell us what's wrong.
Fortunately, you can offer comfort without knowing the cause of distress.
What to do if your baby has colic
Your healthy baby is younger than 5 months old and if he starts to cries for more than three hours in a row on three or more days (yes, that's a lot of crying!), then he probably is colicky. Check with your doctor to be sure, also to find out more about why babies get colic, Keep feedings upright. You might try holding your baby more upright during feedings to help the breast milk travel more smoothly to his tummy. If he's curled up or hunched over, he's more likely to trap some air in there with his food. Eliminate frantic feedings. Feed your baby before he's starving, if he's crying from hunger, he's more likely to gulp air along with his meal. Try to feed him in a calm environment: Turn down the lights, put on some soft music, and ask siblings to play quietly (you can always hope).
Eliminate frantic feedings. Feed your baby before he's starving, if he's crying from hunger, he's more likely to gulp air along with his meal. Try to feed him in a calm environment: Turn down the lights, put on some soft music, and ask others who are around the home to stay calm for the entire feed time. Burp him often. Frequent burping will help get air bubbles out of your baby's tummy. Don't wait until he's finished a full-course feeding to burp him. Prop your infant up for a burping when you change sides during nursing or every few minutes.
Adjust your diet if you're breastfeeding. If you think that your baby may be sensitive to something in your breast milk, chocolate, caffeine and try eliminating dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) for a couple of weeks, which is how long it takes for the cow's milk protein to work its way out of your milk. If that doesn't do the trick, you might take a look at spicy foods, wheat products, nuts, strawberries, cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower), garlic, and alcohol. Stop eating likely offenders for a few days, then introduce them one at a time, waiting to see if your baby reacts to one item before introducing the next. The process may take a while, but if it saves your baby any crying time at all, it's worth it.
Brew a natural remedy. Parents have long treated colicky babies with natural remedies like weak herbal teas, especially fennel, dill, anise, peppermint, and chamomile.
You'll want to be careful with dosages, so consult a reliable herbalist and always talk to your baby's doctor. Some breastfeeding moms report that if they drink the herbal tea themselves, their babies benefit noticeably, but giving it to baby helps faster. Try an over-the-counter solution. Some parents of colicky babies have great luck with gripe water (a preparation made from herbs and sodium bicarbonate), Colic calm, although there's no scientific evidence that it works, please talk with your baby's doctor before giving it to your baby.
If you think gas is what's bothering your baby, you might want to try over-the-counter anti-gas drops (simethicone). Make sure you're buying drops created specifically for babies; please get your doctor's okay before using it.
Recent studies show that probiotic drops may help reduce colic symptoms. Lactobacillus reuteris is the probiotic that's been studied for colic relief, and it's available over-the-counter, again, please, talk with your doctor before giving it to your baby.
Week 3, Make sure to continuing to put baby Evo down on his stomach for tummy time when he's awake, the tummy time is to help his neck muscle to strengthen, help Evo to go forward by placing your hand behind his foot without moving it, and then after he moves it, you move your hand forward, this will only support him to move forward. During the tummy time he will eventually start to push up and looking around side to side, them down again.
Try putting your face in front of your baby Evo to encourage him to hold up his head to look at you. You can also place the baby pillow under his chest to support him with his pushups, Soon, his nervous system and muscle control will mature and his movements will become more focused.
The long term advantages of tummy time.
Evo will eventually learn how to roll over, sit up, and crawl. Tummy time will also help him avoid developing a flat spot on the back of his head, but should also sleep on his back at all times until he learns to roll over all by himself.
Massage your baby. A gentle belly rub might help dispel gas or at least help your baby's tummy feels better. You might also try placing your baby across your knees, tummy down, and rubbing his back. This sometimes helps release excess pressure. A baby massage after bath will help him to pass a lot of gas helps with tummy time and great for relaxation. Get noisy. Babies like sounds that remind them of the rhythmic heartbeat and whooshing noises they heard in the womb. Your baby might be comforted to sit in his infant seat near the clothes dryer or he might calm down when the exhaust fan is on in the kitchen or bathroom. Make music. Sing to your baby or try a CD of lullabies or other gentle tunes. You can even find CDs of soothing womb sounds. On the other hand, some parents report that their colicky babies prefer loud rock! Hmm not all entirely, all babies are different. Move it. Babies are comforted by gentle motion of all kinds, so place him in his rocker and put on the car or ocean sounds. Your baby might also find it soothing to be walked around the house in a front pack or sling. Keep in mind that he may prefer being held higher in the pack, close to your chest and your heartbeat. Try gently bouncing up and down in this position while hugging your baby close.
Do the baby bicycle. Put your baby on his back. Hold his feet and gently move his legs in a bicycling motion several times a day. (Diaper changes are a good time to try it.) For some babies this relieves gas and other tummy discomforts. Get behind the wheels of your baby stroller,
many parents find that a ride in the stroller with its movement, noise, and vibration is the best remedy for colic. Buckle your baby into his car seat and go for a ride to get a change of scenery for you and (possibly) relief for your baby. Some mothers recommended that you drive your car around town; I personally do not think it is a wise idea to do that, as it can cause an accident because you are not focusing on the road totally, in the event of a screaming baby, Hush!
Turn on some nature sounds, is always a great way to soothe a baby, While some babies are comforted by motion, noise, and activity, others need less stimulation and respond better to quiet, stillness, and darkness.
Try a different atmosphere. If you've been indoors, it may help to take your baby out for a walk, either in the stroller, a sling, or a baby Bjorn.
The new sights, sounds, and smells may distract him, and the fresh air and rhythmic movement of walking may calm him and allow him to fall asleep. On the other hand, if you've been out and about with your baby all morning, some quiet time at home might be just what he needs. Swaddle. Think about how snug your baby was before his birth, and you'll have a good idea how wide the world seems to him right now. Swaddling is an ancient method of wrapping your infant in a blanket can help a baby feel less out of control, with arms flopping all over, if at any time he gets out of control you can try swaddling your baby during feedings so that he can focus on his meal.
If your baby becomes colicky, wrap him up before his usual colicky/Fussy period or before you put him down to sleep. Not only might swaddling help your colicky baby get to sleep, there's a good chance it will help him stay asleep, too. Researchers have found that babies who are swaddled sleep more soundly than those who aren't. That's because when a baby twitches during sleep, his own movements can wake him up. Swaddling keeps that little twitch from becoming a full-fledged flail he's unlikely to sleep through. The swaddling technique is easy to master. Once you find that your baby loves to be swaddled. Bathe your baby. A warm bath in the middle of your baby's colic time might distract and relax him enough to help; your baby may enjoy the rhythmic beating of the warm water as well as the sound.
Offer a pacifier. Anything that helps your baby calm down is priceless right now. For some babies, sucking is the ultimate soother. So you might want to try offering a pacifier, even if you ordinarily wouldn't. Or encourage your baby to suck on his/your finger by gently putting it in his mouth. Stick to a routine.
You'll want to feed your baby whenever he's hungry, but otherwise he might find some comfort in a set routine, baths, walks, naps at certain dependable times. Your baby isn't watching the clock, of course, but he does carry a sense of the rhythm of his days.
Since babies aren't totally identical, thank goodness! There are variations in their stages of development, babies grow in such unique ways, the baby who sits up weeks before her peers might or might not be the one the last to learn how to crawl, babies communicating with cries, grunts and gestures. Encourage your baby to develop in the right manner by doing baby massages, talk to him, even though he will not answer you and a lot of tummy time with him.
How can I reduce my baby's risk? Always put your baby to sleep on his back. When pediatricians and SIDS researchers began recommending this practice in 1992, the rate of SIDS deaths fell an astounding 50 percent. Even putting your baby to sleep on his side isn't advisable, but at least erect him up a bit to allow his air tract clearance.
Clear the cradle or crib of any pillows, soft toys, and bumpers, when his arms are out, which can unexpectedly cover your baby's face or mouth and affect his breathing. Keep your baby's head uncovered. Keep the room cool (around 65 degrees Fahrenheit), especially if you swaddle your baby. Don't overdress your baby at bedtime; put him in as little or as much clothing as you'd wear to bed, not in some thick chunky clothing. Some experts advise against sleeping with your newborn in your bed room during the early months, others believe that sharing a bed allows parents to respond more quickly to changes in their baby's breathing or movements or allowing your baby to sleep in the same room as that of a trusted Baby Nurse, your baby should sleep on his back even in your room.