Your 6-Week-Old

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Your Baby

Does your baby have colic? Contemporary wisdom has long blamed "gas" for regular, sometimes extended, periods of crying and crankiness. But most experts are wary of that explanation. Of course, they don't know precisely what causes colic... Read more

Your Life

It takes most moms about six weeks to feel like they've gotten into a groove. By now, you know your baby's preferences and habits. If you're breastfeeding, your milk supply is fully established, sore nipples are a thing of the past and your baby... Read more

Moms Like Me

Gagging or choking while breastfeeding: What really helps a lot of women is block feeding. Nurse her off of one side only (don't switch breasts) for 3 hours and then try the other breast for 3 hours and keep it up all day.... Read more

Your 6-Week-Old: Your Baby

Does your baby have colic? Contemporary wisdom has long blamed "gas" for regular, sometimes extended, periods of crying and crankiness. But most experts are wary of that explanation. Of course, they don't know precisely what causes colic either. The good news is that colic typically disappears by the third month of life. The bad news is that it typically peaks...right now.

Living with colic can be difficult, so it's important to have a toolbox full of ideas on how to soothe baby. Some parents swear by chiropractic care; others take baby for a ride in the car whenever symptoms kick in.

When she's not crying, though, your baby is probably downright adorable. She may go through another growth spurt this week. She's also becoming increasingly coordinated. Lay her down on her tummy and she may be able to lift her head a full 45 degrees off the floor. Of course, it still takes a lot of effort to lift that heavy head, so always stay right next to her so that you can rescue her when she gets tired. You can also try handing your baby a rattle this week. You'll have to tuck it into her hand, but you might just find that she'll be able to hold it for a bit before letting go.

This is also a good time to experiment with your baby carrier. Most babies enjoy new views, so try an upright carry for a change.

Your Life

It takes most moms about six weeks to feel like they've gotten into a groove. By now, you know your baby's preferences and habits. If you're breastfeeding, your milk supply is fully established, sore nipples are a thing of the past and your baby knows exactly what she's doing. If you're bottlefeeding, you've figured out which nipples your baby prefers and probably have a fridge full of bottles, ready to go.

But just when you get it figured out, life throws you a curve. For a lot of moms, week six marks a return to work. We won't fool you: it's not easy to leave your baby. But forget the mommy guilt. Many, many moms work—and their babies turn out just fine. A reliable childcare provider (AND a reliable backup) will go a long way toward easing your mind. So will spending quality time with your baby when you come home. Continuing breastfeeding is another way to remain connected to your baby.

Don't forget your postpartum check. Your healthcare provider will want to see you to make sure you've fully recovered from your baby's birth.

Moms Like Me

Gagging or choking while breastfeeding: What really helps a lot of women is block feeding. Nurse her off of one side only (don't switch breasts) for 3 hours and then try the other breast for 3 hours and keep it up all day. —loramz

What Moms Are Talking About

I can’t put my baby down! I have a 6-week-old who is a pure joy. She is amazing in so many ways but I am struggling with one issue. She can't be put down on her own. She cries and fusses if we try to put her in her swing, bassinet, or crib…—jmb10507 Read More

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