Your baby's brain will reach 50% of its mature size by 6 months of age
Your baby's first immunisations are due shortly and it's only natural that you may be a little apprehensive. But remember that they are vital in order to protect your baby as their system moves from passive to active immunity.
Your baby can differentiate familiar voices from other sounds and is becoming a better listener
By now your baby should be sleeping longer at night than during the day. Infants respond well to familiar patterns of behaviour and following a bedtime routine will encourage your baby's sleeping habits to coincide more with yours.
Your baby's hands will soon be fascinating to them!
Sleep is vital for the health and wellbeing of both you and your baby. It's important that you prevent yourself from becoming exhausted, so the sooner you can establish a sleeping routine and get your baby sleeping through the night, the better.
A newborn's vision is usually 20/400 improving to 20/20 by the age of 2
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to introduce a bedtime routine. A consistent bedtime routine will help your baby become more settled in the evenings. The more relaxed your little one is the more likely they will go to bed without fuss and fall asleep.
Babies take more breaths than adults! Roughly 40 per minute while adults take 12-20 per minute
Once you feel satisfied that your baby has settled into a routine, it's natural to want some 'me-time’. Enjoying the occasional evening out means having to leave them in someone else's care, which is a big step.
Baby's muscles are strengthening and soon they will be able to grab firmly
Knowing that your babysitter is well equipped to deal with whatever happens will help you relax and enjoy your evening out. Ensure that you leave a checklist with your baby's carer to give them quick and easy access to all the information they may need; details of where you'll be at all times and contact numbers.
Now, you may start to notice that your baby seems much more attentive and able to express themselves. Plenty of stimulation will keep their mind and body learning. Their grip is becoming stronger and when they get excited, you can usually tell. Their stronger muscles make grabbing things much easier, and you’ll soon tell when they’re excited by their gurgling and waving arms.
Expressing breastmilk means your baby can still get the goodness of your breastmilk and can give you a welcomed break from time to time and it allows your partner to become more involved in feeding. If storing breast milk in the fridge, use an airtight and sterile container with a lid; if you are freezing it, you can buy special thick bags that are designed for storing breast milk or use suitable plastic containers – these are sold in good chemists and baby stores. It will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer– just remember to write the date on each container. For more advice click here.
Get ready for laughter! Baby will soon laugh and giggle regularly
Don’t be too hard on yourself, take as much help as is offered and sleep when the baby sleeps. You have probably heard these words of wisdom before but they are worth listening to, especially if this is your first baby. Make the most of this precious time getting to know each other – it all goes too quickly.
Stronger arms, upper body and neck muscles mean baby may soon sit up, wriggle or roll around
Desperate for sleep? Try and work out a routine where you put your baby down for a nap at regular times during the day and get the chance to rest yourself, this will be a big hurdle crossed. Take it in turns with your partner to look after your baby on weekend mornings so one of you can get a lie in.
Look out for your baby's first tooth from about 4-6 months of age
Many mums find their iron stores run low when they have young babies so make sure you eat plenty of iron rich foods, such as red meat or dark, leafy green vegetables. Eating healthily will give you and your baby the energy you both need. And of course you can still have the odd treat!
Your baby's brain will treble in weight by their first birthday
You should aim to eat small but frequent meals or snacks every 2 to 3 hours. Do bear in mind that keeping meals healthy does not have to mean you need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing in advance.
Babies have a natural reflex to swim until about 4-6 months, after this it must be re taught
Regular exercise will give you more energy and also make it easier for you to sleep and relax in the evenings. A mum and baby yoga class would be the ideal way to spend some quality time with your little one while keeping you active at the same time.
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