6 Week Old Baby Development

6 WEEK OLD BABY DEVELOPMENT

6 week old baby development will probably be:

 . . . hold his head well off the bed when he's placed on his abdomen

 . . . start to smile.


Between the ages of six weeks and three months, your baby may:

. . . follow a moving person with his eyes

. . . stare at a bright object

. . . lift chest a short distance when placed on abdomen

. . . lie awake for longer periods at a time

. . . kick feet or push with legs in bath


PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Your baby's weight gain at 6 weeks should be from 2 to 3 pounds over his weight at birth. Depending on his size at birth, a baby usually gains from 4 to 8 ounces a week during the first four months. However, if your baby was premature or small to begin with, his weight gain may be slightly less.


FEEDINGS

By now, the baby has usually dropped one feeding and is nursing or taking formula 4 to 5 times a day. Many pediatricians omit the 10 P.M. feeding if the baby is gaining well and takes a sufficient quantity in 4 bottles.


However, if a fifth bottle is necessary, it is better to wait until the baby wakes up. You wouldn't want to be awakened if you really aren't hungry and neither does Baby.


It's not necessary to alter the formula at this age.  The breast-fed baby doesn't suddenly get a change in breast milk which still contains the same amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Also, the total calories per ounce are unaltered. Therefore, the formula-fed baby doesn't need a change either.

 

SLEEP SCHEDULE

Your baby will sleep in the position in which you put him to bed. He lies that way unable to row' his body during the first three months. During this time, it is best to encourage the baby to sleep first on one side, then the other, or on his stomach. Alternate after each feeding if you wish. Lying on his stomach may soothe him if he is restless because of unburped gas.


By the time the baby is 6 weeks old, he should be sleeping 6 hours at night, but this isn't a hard and fast rule. Some babies will sleep longer, and, unfortunately, some babies will sleep their longest during the day or early evening and demand a feeding every 4 hours at night.


These little night owls are too young to tell time, and you can't very well tell them when to sleep and when to stay awake.


In an attempt to rearrange his offbeat schedule, you might try awakening him after he's slept four hours in the morning or afternoon to feed him. But do this only when the baby has his days and nights mixed up.


SLEEPING BAGS

Many mothers have found a sleeping bag helpful, because the baby can't get uncovered. If you do use a sleeping bag, it should be long so his feet won't get cramped. It should not bind around the neck or confine the baby too much, and it should be made so that he can't get tangled tip in it.

 

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