Baby's 1st month

Your Baby's Third Week

Your little one will continue to adapt to life outside the womb. You may notice occasional muscle twitches. She'll be able to lift her head when placed on her tummy, but not very high and only for a quick second. Expect her to remain on her own "schedule." Allow her to dictate when she needs to eat and sleep.

She will enjoy the sound of your voice and will be able to distinguish it from that of a stranger. Spend quality time talking to her one-on-one. Maintain eye contact whenever possible. She'll find this entertaining and will know you're speaking just for her.

Womb-like sounds will help calm her when she's upset. Try patting her gently on the back or bottom to the beat of your heart. These familiar rhythms are still fresh in her mind and will help to relax her when she needs comforting. She'll continue to enjoy any and all skin-to-skin cuddling, especially when she's nursing. Dads are also skilled in this area. The quick removal of a shirt and a cozy blanket may be all that's needed to lull her off to sleep.

Infant massage is another wonderful way to help your little one relax. When done properly massage has been shown to not only calm a baby as you work but also to stimulate both physical and brain growth and improve digestion and behavior. Consider seeking out an infant massage class. Many hospitals and birthing centers offer instructional sessions. Or, ask your midwife, OB or pediatrician about instructors in your area.

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