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.
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.
At 17 weeks, your baby needs around 14-16 hours of sleep a day, with 3 naps during the day. By now your baby should be able to sleep though the night without the need for a nightime feed. You can encourage your baby to drop a night feed by feeding them more in the day, and if they do wake in the night, give them water rather than milk to break the habit.
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months and to continue in combination with nutritious foods for up to 2 years and beyond. It is recommended that weaning should begin at around 6 months (26 weeks) and not before 17 weeks of age. Signs from your baby, to tell you that they are ready to wean are sucking their fists more regularly, paying more attention to you and your food or being able to sit upright with less support.
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.
Chatting and singing to your baby will help their speech development
When life with a little one gets a bit crazy, meals made in advance are real life savers! Freezing can save you time when you need it the most by allowing you to prepare your favourite recipes ahead of time so that you can pull them out for a quick and easy meal when the time is right.
In the first 6 months of life, your baby will grow faster than they ever will again in their whole life
It can be both worrying and frustrating when your baby refuses new foods. Don't Panic! It can take up to 15 attempts before a baby accepts a new taste, so be patient and try things gradually. If it doesn’t work one day, just try it again later in the week.
Up until 7 months of age, a baby can breathe and swallow at the same!
Over the coming months your baby will be getting a schedule of immunisations to protect them from certain illnesses. To help you keep on top of all your appointments we have developed a Immunisation Tracker. Based on your child’s birth date, the App sends timely reminders to your phone when vaccines are due.
A baby's heart beats between 130 and 160 times per minute, about twice the heart rate of a normal adult
When starting to wean, we've got to admit that it's quite entertaining to see your baby’s reactions to the foods they try!
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