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.
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.
Over the next few weeks, your baby will begin to recognise you and your partner – your voices will resonate with them. As their personality emerges you’ll start to learn their likes and dislikes. You might also notice that your baby needs less sleep and consequently stays awake for longer. Your baby now feels comforted by your touch and soothed when you or your partner hold them – many start to comfort themselves by sucking their fingers or thumb or by using a dummy. You may also find that being held by someone unfamiliar can cause tears.
Breastfeeding provides the right balance of nutrition for your baby from day one. You're off to a great start if your baby makes frequent jaw movements and your breasts are softer after feeds. If you are in pain or your baby is making clicking noises while they feed, you might want to get a little bit of help. Visit www.aptaclub.ie for advice and support.
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.
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.
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