Your child is a creature of habit and however boring and old-fashioned it sounds, your child benefits most from Rest, Regularity and Cleanliness. A good daily rhythm, sufficient opportunity to sleep and good care. A disturbance of his rhythm can put your child out of balance. This allows him to cry more.
The whole fragile and vulnerable to your child, begins to disappear a bit. Your child is changing into a nice, sturdy baby.
A number of reflexes that were present after birth begin to slowly disappear (for example the step reflex). Your child now needs a little less sleep and will start to talk to you more and more with kirrende sounds. Respond to this by making sounds back.
Keep talking to your child, in everything you do. He will respond to loud noises, by crying or just listening. He will also smile back when you laugh at him.
Stronger and firmer
He gets a bit firmer in his neck. Encourage him when he lies on his stomach to lift his head by holding a toy above him. He can now see objects at a greater distance, but not yet sharply. He can now focus on a specific object with both eyes for a long time and also follow movements. From now on he will be a bit more awake between the power supplies and get more interest in the world around him. He will love it if you draw a few crazy faces at him.
Pain and crying
If your child suffers a lot from colic, he will suffer from frequent crying. Between the second and third week of your child, these occur and until the sixth week they can get worse. After that they will become less violent again. Making sucking movements can calm your baby.
If your child is crying often, one of the causes may lie in the fact that he may suffer from colic. Before birth, the intestines of your baby are not really active yet. After the birth, the intestines suddenly get nutrition to process, this can cause colic. Your baby is inconsolable and pulls up his legs.
The cramps can be caused when the mother is breastfeeding and has eaten a stimulating diet (leeks, onions, beans) but it can also occur if your child has swallowed a lot of air during feeding or if too much food is given in one go.
Take the time to feed and do not allow your child to drink too quickly. A smaller hole in the teat can sometimes help. Try to prevent air from being sucked in by paying attention to the position of the bottle.
If your child suffers from cramps, you can put something warm on his belly or gently rub his belly with your hand. If your baby eats too greedily and gets too much air, you can let him farm for a while.
Diarrhea is dangerous for babies because they dry out quickly. If he also has a severe fever and / or spits, call your doctor immediately. To prevent dehydration your baby needs (in the right proportions) salt, sugar and moisture. Such a solution can be obtained from the pharmacy or chemist.
The smile of a child ...
Around the sixth week you can expect the first smile of your child! If he does not do it yet, then there is no reason to panic. Your child will only laugh when he is ready for it. The smile indicates that he is now beginning to recognize you visually, which points to a good development of the brain functions. Your child can now focus on a specific object with both eyes and also follow movements.
Support the head
Your child feels very safe when you are around him. By the end of this month the neck of your child and his back is strong enough to carry him in a baby carrier for short periods. Note that his head is well supported. Build up the times you carry him in a baby carrier slowly. Put it in the sunshine a sun hat or hat and in the winter a nice warm hat.
He now opens his knobs and stops holding them. He will also do some stretching and stretching exercises with his fingers. He recognizes you as parents and will greet you with a smile. Your child will recognize you by your voice and smell.
If your child suffers from mountain, take care of his scalp with some baby oil. If you let it in a bit late, you can gently try to wipe it away with a soft brush.
Watch your baby's nails that they are not too sharp that they can scratch open.
Development in months