You’ve made through 2 weeks! Hopefully you’re starting to get into the parenting groove!
Your baby is going to start reaching milestones rapidly at this point They’ll probably be hitting their first growth spurt, and along with that comes a very hungry baby! Be prepared to feed early and often, and consider introducing your baby to the bottle. They’re also going to be gaining muscle control, and you’ll notice their formerly-rigid movements are becoming more fluid and graceful.
They’ll also be more demanding of your time and attention, so hopefully you’ve been getting enough sleep!
Feeding Time: That’s One Hungry Baby!
Since your baby is rapidly packing on weight, they’re going to be very hungry. The classic advice used to be to feed them on a schedule, but these days it’s much better to feed them “on-demand”, when they’re hungry.
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This might mean feeding every hour or hour and a half, but it will make up for the times they go three-to-four hours without eating. The key to feeding on this schedule is to only feed when they’re hungry, not just because they’re crying.
If they don’t seem to be having any kind of problems with colic or eating, you might want to consider getting a good baby formula to supplement your breast milk.
Strategies For Soothing The Sobbing Baby
Your baby is probably crying more often now, and as you’ve probably learned, this is how they communicate! While it can be absolutely heartbreaking to hear your baby crying all the time.
There are a few ways you can try to help sooth your baby: swaddling, rocking them back and forth in your arms, applying pressure to their tummy, or even having white noise in the background. Also make sure they’re not too hot or cold.
Is Your Baby Colicky?
If you notice your baby crying for extended periods of time, for more than 3 hours, and don’t seem to be under any kind of medical distress, they may be suffering from what’s known as “colic.”
About 15-20% of babies will experience colic, starting around the 3rd week. Nobody is quite sure what causes colic, but it’s generally considered to be the result of an underdeveloped digestive system, reflux, or an overstimulated sensory system. The best way to deal with colic is by prevention, and some companies make specialized baby bottles for colic. Most babies will be over the symptoms of colic by the 3rd month, and virtually all will be by the 4th.
Your Baby’s Umbilical Cord
It’s possible that your baby’s bellybutton is still healing up. If the piece of umbilical cord hasn’t fallen off and healed up yet, it’s important to keep sponge bathing them to keep the area dry.
Some Tips For Mom
Remember to take it slowly with your new baby.
You might notice them becoming fussy and cranky at the end of the day, and this is often to do with them just being overwhelmed with the whole new situation. All of the new sights and sounds can quickly become too much for a young baby.
Also, remember to take a break and get out of the house sometimes; it’s not healthy to be inside the house all the time! You could ask your partner or a friend or family member to watch over them for an hour or two so you can get out of the house for a while.
Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to other moms! If you know anyone else who has gone through this (and I’m sure you do!) they’ll probably be glad to give you some advice.