- Can see to a distance of 20 to 30cm (just the right distance from mummy or daddy's face when being held) and will stare at faces
- Already knows your voice
- Sleeps a lot - between 16 and 16½ hours in 24, including up to 4 naps per day
- When being held babies of this age may make little bobbing or woodpecker movements - the first attempts at lifting their heads
Talking to other mums
Your body will be saggy and bulgy at first - it will get better! Remember to do your post-natal exercises - but gently does it, don’t go mad. Making the effort to go out for a walk with your baby with benefit you both.
All new mums suffer from loss of sleep. Let the housework go (or hope that other people do it!), and take a nap whenever you can. Encourage your partner to be involved in caring for your baby. Your partner can enjoy bathing, changing, cuddling and playing with your little one. Don’t be afraid to ask your mum or a close friend to help you if you are on your own or your partner is not able to be with you.
For someone so small, your baby will manage to take up a lot of your time. If you have to rely more on ready-prepared foods for a time, or hastily thrown-together meals, don’t worry about it - add some organic fruit and vegetable snacks wherever possible to help you stay strong and healthy. When breastfeeding mums go organic, their babies go organic too, which must be good. Find out more about eating healthily while breastfeeding.
Keep up the fluid intake
Drinking plenty of fluids is also helpful, and especially important if you are breastfeeding. You might like to try HiPP Organic fruit juices which are refreshing and low in acidity.
Breastfeeding can take a little time to establish, so don’t lose heart if you are having any difficulties. Ask your midwife, health visitor or breastfeeding counsellor for advice. Breastmilk gives your baby just the right nutrition, plus valuable antibodies, so it is worth persevering. If you are breastfeeding it also means you are more free to go out and about with your baby - no bottles to worry about!
Find out more information on breastfeeding.
If you do plan to bottle feed at some stage, the choice of infant formula milk is very important for your baby and it is recommended to choose one which contains Omega 3 & 6 LCPs and prebiotics (oligosaccharides). Both are found in breastmilk.
Using a bottle
Whether you are using formula or expressed breast milk, it’s much more comfortable for your baby when you use the right type of teat on the bottle. But what is the right type of teat? You can find advice on subjects like this in our friendly Chat Forum, and in the bottle feeding advice section of the website.
Registering the birth
If you have not already done so, you will need to register your baby’s birth within 42 days of the birth date. This is done at your local registry office (you may need to make an appointment, so telephone first). If you are married (at the time of conception or birth) then either you or your husband can register the birth. If you are not married and you wish to register the father’s name on the birth certificate then both of you will need to be present at the registration. If either of you cannot be present for this then you will need to make a statutory declaration on form 16 (this can be obtained from the register office or from www.gro.gov.uk).