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Baby Week 2

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.

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Baby Week 3

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.

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Baby Week 4

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.

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Baby Week 5

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.

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Baby Week 6

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.

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Baby Week 7

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.

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Another thing you'll notice in the first two months that your baby is starting to communicate back to you. Your baby doesn’t need to form words in order to communicate; simple noises, gurgles and coos in response to your voice come instinctively, especially as your voice is probably their favourite sound.

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Breastfeeding is best for babies. If breastfeeding you need to consume an extra 500 calories a day, so it is important for both you and your baby that you continue to eat a healthy balanced diet. If bottlefeeding you too need a healthy balanced diet, just without the extra calories. And regardless of how you are feeding your baby try to fit in a little exercise.

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Baby Week 8

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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Baby Week 9

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.

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Baby Week 10

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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Baby Week 11

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.

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Baby Week 12

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.

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