All of the organs and features are now fully in place, meaning your little one is soon ready for the outside world
There isn't much left to do now but wait. You can use this time to read up on what to expect next - the signs of labour to look out for, preparing to breastfeed, how to change a nappy and all the new milestones to come!
Only 5% of births actually occur on their due date, so don't be too disappointed if you have to wait a little longer
But 50% are within a week of the due date and 90% are within 2 weeks - you won't have to wait forever even though it may feel like that.
Baby has grown from one single cell to a human being in just 9 short months. You're about to be a parent!
You're about to be a parent! If you are still waiting for baby to arrive have a read of some of the articles in this week to help keep you occupied - the impatience can be unbearable but you will soon have your little baby in your arms.
75% of babies arrive after their due date so don't worry if you're still waiting, you are not alone.
Babies don't stick to a time schedule, they will arrive when they are ready! 50% are within a week of the due date so hopefully you won't have long to wait.
Although your baby may cry regularly they don't actually produce tears for the first few weeks of life.
Babies are born with working tear ducts but they only produce enough tears to cover and protect the eye. As their glands develop, proper tears will begin to appear.
At birth, baby's eyes are 75% their adult size
The changes keep on coming within the first month, including their eyesight. Right now your baby’s eyesight is developing in quality and range, although it’s still quite limited. The human face – especially yours – along with any moving object will attract their attention most of all.
With their newborn drowsiness behind them, your baby may be awake for longer periods now but they will still be sleeping alot throughout the day. Although you shouldn't yet expect them to be in any sort of routine (probably for at least the first 3 months) it isn't too early to start teaching them the difference between night and day. During the day keep things bright and with a bit of background noise in the house. At night, make sure things are dark and quiet. They will soon pick up that night time is for sleeping.
Your body is coping with less sleep than usual and is still in the process of recovering from labour and birth. A healthy diet is essential; starchy carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes, will provide you with the extra energy you’ll need, along with those five portions of fruit and vegetables.
A newborn's brain accounts for about 10% of their body weight, in adults it is only 2%
At birth their brain is developed to about 25% of it's adult size and by 3 years this will be 80% making these the most important years in terms of brain development.
Expect your baby's first real smile somewhere between 1 and 3 months
By 2 months of age your baby will lose their reflex smile which is what you may have seen up until this point. Their real smile will usually happen between 6 and 12 weeks of age.
Newborn babies have more bones than adults. Babies have around 305 while adults have 206.
Your baby's 6 week check-up is an important milestone. Not only will it reassure you that your baby is developing as they should, but also that they're responding properly to sights and sounds.
Your baby might have been born with blue eyes but that can change in the first 6 months of life
Some babies have a mild reaction to the vaccines. This can include a raised temperature for a short while and swelling or redness around the injection area. Don't worry too much but if it persists, do call your doctor.
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.
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