5-6 weeks old

5-6 weeks

Babies of this age...

  • Will enjoy lying in a bouncing cradle
  • Can often hold their heads up for a short while when they are on their front
  • Your face is something your baby loves to look at, so get up close and cuddly as often as you like!
  • Have you had that first smile yet? - if it hasn’t happened already it will happen soon

After they are born babies still naturally curl up in the position they were in the womb - when you hold them their little legs are often positioned like a frog’s! But by now your baby will already be starting to straighten out and has lost that new baby look.

Help your baby’s neck muscles to develop by putting them down on their tummy on a mat or blanket on the floor for short periods.

It's still important to eat healthily

You won’t get back to your old figure straight away, but if you try to eat healthily, walk regularly and remember to do your postnatal and pelvic floor exercises, you’ll soon be a slimmer you. Eating well will help your body to meet the stresses of looking after a baby. If you are breastfeeding, this is not only great for the baby, but will also assist your womb to quickly return to its normal size. It will in addition help you regain your shape sooner by using up the extra fat that your body has stored.

Postnatal check up

About 6-8 weeks after your baby’s birth you will have your postnatal check – this is just to make sure that you are recovering from the birth and are well. This may involve checking your urine, blood pressure, and examining any stitches you may have had. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions or to discuss any concerns – it may help to write these down before going!

Checks for your baby

Your baby will have routine health checks. In the first 6 weeks these include a hearing test and physical examinations (as well as the heel prick or newborn bloodspot test). The hearing test may be carried out in hospital or by a health visitor at home. The baby will have had a physical examination within 72 hours of birth and then another one is carried out at around 6-8 weeks by your GP, health visitor or paediatrician. This is a general all-over check and includes examination of the eyes, heart, hips and, in boys, testicles.

Take precautions!

Your sex life may not be the first thing on your mind, but do remember to use contraception when you start making love again - even if you are breastfeeding, and/or your periods have not yet started again, you can still become pregnant.

Have you visited the baby clinic?

Visit the baby clinic for baby weigh-ins and chats with your health visitor. It’s a good place to meet other mums of young babies and to find out about local mother and baby groups. You can also meet other mums and share your experiences on the HiPP Facebook page. 

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Otherwise, please get in touch with the HiPP Baby Club.