Week by Week

What do you need to know to care for your 7 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

It’s only been a week, but your newborn has already known that they can rely on you. By now, they can recognize your voice. Hearing their parents’ familiar voices helps them adjust to the strange new world outside the womb and let them know that they are not alone. So the more you talk to her, the better. They can’t understand your words, but your love comes through loud and clear.

In this week, your baby is probably:

  • lie on their stomach and able to lift their head at 45 degrees;
  • able to vocalize in ways other than crying such as cooing;
  • able to smile back when you smile at them.

How to support my baby?

During this week your baby will be awake more during the day. You can utilize this time to help them develop the senses by playing music or sing your favorite lullaby. Although they do not understandfully, they will stillrespond and react to what you sing. You do not need to sing children’s songs. You should add other types from pop to classical music and then watch what is the interest of your baby, which is shown by fun, mouthed, jerky arm and moving their little feet.

Now they are able to recognize your voice. The familiar voice will help them adapt to the new world outside the womb and help him know that they are with the other people. So, talk to your baby as much as possible. Baby cannot understand your words, but he can understand that you are always by his side and feel the outpouring of love that you give them.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Depending on the health of your child, the doctor will schedule the examining. However, if you take him to the doctor this week, please consult with your doctor about the following issues:

  • Guidance about what to expect in the next month in relation to such topics like feeding, sleeping, and development, and advice about infant safety.
  • What reactions, if any, can you expect baby to have to the immunizations?

What should I know?

Here are some things you should know about:

Infant acne

It sounds odd, but acne can also occur in children under 1 years old. Infant acne, which affects around 40 percent of all newborns, usually begins at two to three weeks and can often last until baby is four to six months old. No one knows for sure the cause of baby acne, but it is believed that hormonesare causing the problems. These maternal hormones stimulate baby’s sluggish sweat glands, causing pimples to crop up. Another reason for infant acne is that the pores of newborns aren’t completely developed, making them easy targets for infiltration by dirt. Just wash it with water two or three times daily, pat it dry, and it will clear within a few months without leaving no lasting marks. Do not squeeze. Ideally you should ask your doctor if you have any questions about skin care for babies.

Skin color changes

Watching your baby turning color before your eyes can be frightening. As a result of his immature circulatory system, blood has simply pooled on half of your baby’s body. Baby skin will slowly change color momentarily, and normal color will be restored. This usually disappears by the fly of time.

Baby’s safety

Be sure to follow all of these safety tips all of the time:

  • Never leave your baby unattended on a changing table, bed, chair, or couch-not even for a second. If you don’t have safety straps on your changing table, you should always keep one hand on your baby.
  • Never leave a baby alone with a pet;
  • Never leave baby alone in a room with a sibling who is under five years old;
  • Don’t leave the baby alone with a sitter who is younger than fourteen, or whom you don’t know well, or whose references you haven’t checked;
  • Never jiggle or shake your baby vigorously even in play or throw him up into the air.
  • Never leave baby alone at home, even while you go for a second;
  • Never take your eyes off your baby when you’re shopping, going for a walk, or sitting at the playground;
  • Avoid using any kind of chain or string on baby or on any of baby’s toys;
  • Don’t place filmy plastics on mattresses or anywhere baby can get at them;
  • Do not place a baby on any surface next to an unguarded window, even for a second, and even they are

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

Here are some things you may be concerned about:

Swaddling

You may be concerned about how to swaddle your baby. Swaddling is to wrap your baby securely with a light blanket. Many babies will derive comfort from swaddling and sleep better. It may also help calm some colicky infants. On the other hand, some babies seem be perfectly content without swaddling or doesn’t be obviously disturbed by swaddling right from the start. Depending on the condition and behavior of the baby, you can choose suitable swaddling. All babies eventually outgrow the need for swaddling once they become a little more active and make this clear by trying to kick off the wrapping. At this point, swaddling during naps becomes potentially unsafe, since a kicked-off blanket may inadvertently swept neck or face of the baby and poses a suffocation risk. Swaddling can interfere with a baby’s ability to practice motor skills, babies shouldn’t be swaddled once they become more active.

Taking baby out

When you take baby out, dress them appropriately, protect them from extreme weather , and always take along an extra covering if there’s a possibility of a change for the cooler in the weather. If it’s very chilly or extremely hot and humid, limit the amount of time that your baby spends outdoor. Avoid brief exposure to direct sunlight, even in mild weather. And, most important, if your outing is in a car, be sure your baby is properly hold in their rear-facing infant safety seat.

Congratulations! You have made it through week 7. We can’t wait to show you how your baby is developing in week 8.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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