9-10 weeks old

9-10 weeksDoes your baby…

  • Look around?
  • Look at and follow a moving toy held about 20cm (8 inches) in front of them?
  • Respond to your voice

Babies of this age…

  • Will be starting to fill out - and have chubbier thighs!
  • Are more drawn to faces than any other image
  • Smile a lot
  • Will turn to sounds and follow objects.
  • From lying down, when pulled up gently by the hands, will be able to hold their head in line with their body
  • Grow about 2.5 cm (1 inch) per month

You’re likely to still be getting up in the night to feed. Read our tips and advice for helping your baby get a good night’s sleep.

Crying

By now you will be getting more familiar with your baby’s different cries and whether they mean hunger, a change of nappy is needed, or simply that they want to play or be cuddled. Many young babies have a crying spell during some part of the day (for some reason, often about tea time) and this is quite normal. You may need to rock or hold them, sing or put music on, or take your baby out for a walk or drive. Sometimes, babies have growth spurts and are extra hungry for a day or two.

Unexplained, inconsolable periods of crying or screaming which can happen at any time of the day or night can sometimes be a sign of colic. Colic is a kind of stomach cramp that comes in waves, and babies suffering from colic may scream and pull up their legs and they cannot be comforted.

If you think that your baby may have colic, keep a record of when your baby cries and for how long and then discuss this with your doctor or health visitor- they should also be able to advise you. Alternatively contact a support organisation such as CRY-SIS who will be able to offer advice and support on coping with a constantly crying baby: www.cry-sis.org.uk.

Getting together with other mums

When you have a small baby, it’s really helpful to meet up with other new mums (and dads) for a coffee and to compare notes. 

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