Baby Week 6:  Smile is a common language throughout the world, so your baby will grin a teethless smile to repay your love, which can certainly melt your heart. At week 6, your baby may respond to sounds in a certain way, such as by staring, crying, or screaming.

How to take care of your baby? – Baby Week 6

Most sleep experts recommend putting the baby in bed while the baby is awake while sleepy to help her learn to sleep, a skill that comes in handy when waking up in the middle of the night. You can build healthy sleep habits from the outset, such as a routine bath before bedtime, massage or listening to stories, which will not only help your baby learn to sleep faster, but also develop her independent personality.

Health information for your baby – Baby Week 6

Your doctor will arrange a checkup based on your child’s health. However, if you go to a doctor this week, please ask the following:

  • Your baby’s weight gain will not be too slow or may suffer from any disease.
  • Your concerns about your baby’s health, behavior, sleep, and feeding for the past 2 weeks.

The needs and development of your baby – Baby Week 6

You should know the following:

Nutrition for your baby

If you can’t feed your baby, don’t worry too much. Bottle feeding your baby can help him or her gain weight and be healthy and happy as long as you give the right formula. Too much formula can cause your baby to be too fat and can cause other problems. If your baby spits, has stomach pain, or weight gain, it may be due to giving too much formula. A pediatrician will tell you how much each feed is.

Moreover, at this stage, doctors may prescribe vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin D and iron.

Baby’s sleeping position

When you put your baby to bed, sleeping on the back position is the first choice. Studies show that sleeping in that position is less likely to have fever, nasal congestion and ear infections, and are not prone to vomiting in the middle of the night. Let your baby sleep soundly. As a result, they become accustomed to sleeping posture, they will not feel uncomfortable.


Breathing of the baby

Typical newborns breathe at a rate of approximately 40 times per minute, however, it is reduced to 20 times when sleeping. It is important to note that the infant’s breathing rate is not fixed and may begin to breathe quickly, repeatedly and quickly continue to breathe for 15 to 20 seconds, then pause for less than 10 seconds and continue to breathe again. This mode, called Periodic breathing, is a normal phenomenon in the baby. This is done by the immature respiratory control center in the baby’s brain.

Umbilical hygiene

Umbilical cord infections are rare, as long as you take good care of the wound and keep it dry. If you find redness around the skin, secretions from the umbilical cord or the bottom of the umbilical cord, especially odour, take your baby to a doctor immediately. If your baby is infected, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Normally, the umbilical cord which is usually within 1 to 2 weeks of birth, will dry and fall off. When the umbilical cord comes off, you may find a small amount of blood or liquid, this is a normal phenomenon, do not worry too much. However, if the umbilical cord is not closed or dried after 2 weeks, please bring your baby to a doctor.


Reminder for novice parents

You may be concerned about the following:

Baby’s sleep

There’s nothing happier than watching your cute little angel sleep. However, if your baby falls asleep in your arms, you have to gently put your baby in bed and wait 10 minutes until your baby is surely asleep. You can try the following:

  • Place baby on a raised mattress.
  • Use a stroller, bassinet or crib instead of a crib for the first few weeks, making it easier to hold your baby in and out.
  • Reduce light sources in the nursery.
  • Where your baby sleeps, the farther you get together with the sleeping place, the easier it is to wake up halfway. So, as far as possible, stay near the bassinet or crib, feeding and swaying your baby to fall asleep.
  • Feed with the hand that you are most used to.
  • Stare at the baby from time to time.
  • Sing some lullaby.

Crying

During week 6, your baby still loves to cry. Here are some tips that may be useful to soothe your baby, so you can choose one specific way, try and replace the other without using too many methods at once. Here are some tips you can try the next time your baby is crying:

  • Don’t worry that immediate response to the baby will spoil him/her, more attention will not cause the baby to be dependent, so sooth your baby when crying.
  • Assess the situation to determine if the baby is crying just to cry or if there is a root cause that can be addressed.
  • Skin contact: studies have shown that babies with a baby carrier or arm for at least 3 hours a day, weep less than babies that are less often held.
  • For some babies, when colic attacks, holding the baby tightly can soothe their emotions.
  • Hugs give baby a sense of security.
  • Baby may cry because of uncomfortable stomach, gently pressing the abdomen can slow down discomfort.
  • Kiss, feed or give the pacifier.
  • Give the baby to another person and hold the baby with a change of hands.
  • Seek new things to soothe baby.
  • During feeding, make sure your baby burps regularly to drain the air that were swallowed into the stomach.
  • Keep a pleasant mood and make your baby happy.
  • Reduce the excitement of your baby.
  • Diet check to make sure your baby is not crying because it’s hungry.

Take turns to take care of your baby and take advantage of any opportunity to share care responsibilities.

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