Your 5-Week-Old

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How many times were you up last night? One? Two? Three? Most five-week-old babies do not sleep through the night yet. They still need frequent feedings (they're growing so fast!) so expect to be up at least a time or two during the night—at... Read more

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Having a baby changes everything, doesn't it? It's hard to even imagine life before she got here—and its only been 5 weeks! Just make sure you leave room for your partner in these early weeks. It's easy for dads to feel excluded, especially if... Read more

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I wish I had known about The Witching Hour and that it would pass! The "witching hour"—when baby becomes extremely fussy—is common between 4-6 weeks and is not considered colic. You'll know when it's colic because a colicky... Read more

Your 5-Week-Old: Your Baby

How many times were you up last night? One? Two? Three? Most five-week-old babies do not sleep through the night yet. They still need frequent feedings (they're growing so fast!) so expect to be up at least a time or two during the night—at least for a few more weeks (Some babies begin sleeping 5 to 6- hour stretches around 6 weeks. Others don't sleep through the night until the second half of the first year.) When you put your baby down to sleep, make sure to lay her on her back and without anything else in her crib, even blankets. Numerous studies have shown the back-sleeping position to be the safest; sleeping on her tummy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). During the day, however, make sure you give her plenty of tummy time to strengthen her head and neck muscles. If she's not a big fan, have her lay on her tummy on your chest. Do you have a thermometer in the house? Do you know how to take a rectal temperature? (Don't be scared.) While newborns are protected from a wide variety of diseases thanks to lingering immunity from Mom, babies can and do get sick. So be prepared: Stock up on infant acetaminophen and ibuprofen just in case. (2am trips to the 24 pharmacy are never fun.) But don't give anything to your baby without first consulting your physician Medication doses are based on weight; your healthcare provider will help you calculate the correct dose for your particular situation. It's also a good idea to keep a cool-mist vaporizer and a nasal aspirator in the house. Both can help your baby breathe easier when she has a cold. Are you breastfeeding? If everything is going pretty smoothly, you might want to introduce the bottle this week, if you haven't already. If you're nursing but struggling, check out our ten tips before deciding to throw in the proverbial towel. And call that lactation consultant! (Did we mention that it's the best money we ever spent?) Whatever you decide—to stick with nursing, supplement with formula or feed all formula is entirely up to you—don't let whichever one you choose stress you out in any way. What's important is that your baby is getting everything she needs from a mama who loves her!

Your Life

Having a baby changes everything, doesn't it? It's hard to even imagine life before she got here—and its only been 5 weeks! Just make sure you leave room for your partner in these early weeks. It's easy for dads to feel excluded, especially if mom is breastfeeding. But there are lots of ways for dad to be involved, and there are lots of ways for you to get involved with Daddy. If you feel ready—and if you've completely healed from your baby's birth—go ahead and have sex. If you don't, it's no big deal. Lots of women feel touched-out after the birth of a baby, and lots more are simply physically and emotionally exhausted from the demands of caring for a baby all day. Just be sure to reconnect with your partner in some way. Whether you sit on the couch and watch a TV show together or go out on your first baby-free date, your relationship will benefit. And anything that’s good for mom and dad is ultimately good for your child.

Moms Like Me

I wish I had known about The Witching Hour and that it would pass! The "witching hour"—when baby becomes extremely fussy—is common between 4-6 weeks and is not considered colic. You'll know when it's colic because a colicky baby will scream for hours on end and is inconsolable ... —tiredm0m

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Whether they are sleeping in the car seat, bouncer or swing, make sure baby can't slump over onto his stomach. That can compress little lungs and cause problems breathing. It's easily fixed by making sure the swing is in the most reclined position. —smackeen Read More

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