Baby Week 14: Babies now love to touch you and have physical contact with you, in fact, tactile is important for your baby’s development. Skin contact not only helps you connect with your baby, but also soothes your mood in the event of trouble. Babies may wave their hands and feet, and they will be more powerful when their hips and knees are softer.

During week 14, your baby may do the following behaviors:

  • Laugh
  • Lift or tilt their head up 90 degrees while lying down
  • Screaming when excited
  • Hold their hands together.
  • Smile naturally.
  • Track objects within 15 cm, turn 180 degrees on the sides

How to take care of your baby? – Baby Week 14

You should keep your baby exposed to different materials such as fake fur, felt or cotton. At this stage, the baby will always stuff things in his or her mouth and we must be careful not to let the baby play alone and avoid eating.

Baby may make a finger pinch, hold or straighten at the same time, allowing baby to pick up toys and test hand-eye coordination. If you gently blow your baby or massage your baby, you can kiss his nose, which helps your baby relax and increase intimacy. These behaviors help your baby increase their vigilance and focus.

When doing a simple massage, place your baby on a flat, warm surface, such as laying a blanket on a mat. Apply baby oil or vegetable oil to the palm, rub your hands to warm the oil and palm while massaging your baby, watch his/her eyes while you sing or talk. Keep an eye on your baby’s reaction. If you find that your baby is not interested, you can increase or lighten your strength, or take a break. Many babies just want  gentle touch.

Health information for your baby – Baby Week 14

Most doctors do not arrange a return visit or a check-up during the month. If you have any questions, you can call the doctor.

The Needs and Development of your Baby – 4 Months Old

You should know the following things:

Missed vaccination

Don’t worry too much if your baby misses a vaccination , like Tetanus, Pertussis or Polio. Your doctor will help your baby with refills, so vaccination is safe and effective even if your baby has a frequent fever or cold. Ask your doctor if your child has the following:

  • High fever or other diseases.
  • Immune disease, a weak immune system, or a child is using drugs that suppress the immune system.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Febrile Convulsions
  • Overdose steroids within two weeks.
  • Severe reactions occur before and after vaccination, such as high fever of more than 40 degrees, hot spasms, crying or fainting.

Premature babies weighing less than 2.5 kg should be vaccinated at normal times unless specifically instructed by a physician.

Supplements added to milk

Milk is a great drink for children and the elderly, but milk does not have the necessary nutrients for babies and contains a lot of salt and protein compared to mother’s milk or formula milk. Therefore, milk is bad for the baby’s kidneys. Compared to mother’s milk and formula milk, regular milk lacks iron and some ingredients. In addition, some babies may have intestinal bleeding, so if you plan to drink milk other than mother’s milk and formula, wait until your baby turns 1 year old.

Reduced Poo Frequency

Many parent-feeding babies will bowel several times during the first day, but during a period of 1 to 3 months, it is still normal. This happens because the older the baby gets. the more they will eat, and the digestive organs have to handle more food than they excrete.

Reminder for parents

You may be aware of the following:

Put the baby on the bed

Many mothers will do their best to not fall asleep while feeding, or to wake up when they drink until they fall asleep. You should put your baby in bed while your baby is still awake. This way, after milking, your baby can be bottle-fed to sleep with or without special care. When the baby is 6 to 9 months old, teach the baby to sleep without breasts or bottles, it is more practical. If the child gets used to this, they can quickly fall asleep after drinking milk. Put your baby down for a short period of time, stroking, feeding or singing a lullaby will make your baby feel sleepy and help your baby go to sleep faster.

Same room with baby

You may be busy taking care of your baby in the first month or two months, and you have to feed, change diapers, and hold your baby all the time. Some parents will be in the room with their baby to take care of their baby in a convenient and comfortable location. If you don’t plan to stay with your baby all the time, you can start practicing your room in the middle of the night (usually between 2 and 4 months).More than this, room with your baby may cause the following problems:

The baby’s sleep time is reduced.When you stay in your room all night, when your baby is restless, you’ll want to hold your baby to soothe him, which will interrupt your baby’s sleep.Also, babies often sound while sleeping, and if no one soothes, they will soon fall asleep in minutes.If you pick up your baby at this stage, you may accidentally disturb your baby’s sleep.
Parents lack of sleep.You get up at night to coax the baby in the room, which means compressing to your sleep time.
Reduce sex. How do you want to be intimate when your baby is still next to you?

Long-term sharing with your baby may make it less likely to fall asleep than separate rooms.

If your baby has to share a room with another family member, you must follow the sleep habits of the two babies. Otherwise, if one gets used to wake up in the middle of the night, a dozen and two are hard before dawn.You can try to separate the space so that the noise doesn’t interfere with each other and give your child a private space.

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