My Baby – Week 3

Congratulations! Your baby is entering his third week of life. He may have slept for most of the first two weeks, but you have probably noticed that he seems to be more alert and spend more time awake each day. By now, you’ve probably changed over 200 diapers – you are a pro! You’ve already seen some crazy things in the process. It can be surprising that someone that small can create that much waste, not to mention the smells! You’ve probably been back to the pediatrician to make sure that everything is progressing well. You may even be starting to fall into some sort of a routine.

By week three, it’s probably time for your newborn’s first doctor visit since they came home from the hospital. These visits are usually referred to as “well visits”. At this particular visit, her length and weight will be measured, which will be fun to compare to her birth weight and length. Also, her soft spot will be checked as well as her heart and lungs. If you see your physician pull out a stethoscope, don’t worry, this is a normal procedure.

Three is the magic number.

Colic. What is it, and how do you know if your baby is suffering from it? Colic is defined as a baby crying non-stop for at least three hours a day, three days a week, and for at least three weeks. Most parents of babies with colic would love for their babies to cry only three hours a day; because in reality, colicky babies cry much more than three hours a day. It can be nonstop, almost every day of the week.

Colicky babies cry, and cry, even when they are dry, fed, and burped. As the parent of a colicky baby, just remind yourself that there may just be no consoling him.

Has your baby smiled yet?

While it’s important not to get caught up in the “whose baby does what first” game, it is fun to notice any new milestones that he reaches. Babies who are three weeks old may be exhibiting their first smile, or they may be making their first sounds (other than crying). See if you can notice any cooing this week, or in the coming weeks. Also, during tummy time, has he held his head up at a 45-degree angle?

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My Baby – Week 3

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35 comments

  1. Profile photo of Timothy Timothy says:

    We just love her so much … Glad to be here

  2. Profile photo of Gabriela Gabriela says:

    some people are telling me that I am holding my baby too much and that means that im going to suffer later down the road because I’m getting him use to being held and that’s the only thing he will want but am I spoiling him by holding him too much he is only 3 weeks old and I just can’t help but cuddle with him !! he is too adorable

    • Profile photo of jenelle jenelle says:

      I don’t think it’s a problem to be holding babies this young a lot or to be attentive to them as soon as they cry. I always held my daughter a lot and have never had any issues(and she’s 11yrs old now). My son is three weeks old and I hold him quite often and always respond to him as soon as he cries. I think at this young of an age it’s more important for them to feel comforted and safe than anything else. There are things that I do though to make sure that he also learns that he can sooth himself also. I always put him in his bed when I know he’s about to fall asleep so that he can get used to sleeping on his own. I also put him down in his infant rocker chair when he’s awake and I have things to do around the house, I just bring him into whatever room I’m in. That way he can still see me so he knows he isn’t alone but he’s not constantly being held either.

    • Profile photo of MICHAELANN MICHAELANN says:

      SAME HERE EVERYONE KEEPS TELLING ME SHE NEEDS TO SELF SOOTHE…. I’M LIKE SHE’S 2 WEEKS OLD SHE DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT THAT CRAP. WHEN SHE CRIES I PICK UP AND COMFORT HER. I CAN’T HELP IT SHE’S THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME I HATE IT WHEN SHE CRIES

  3. Profile photo of Maria Maria says:

    My baby held her own head up after bringing her home from the hospital; she actually moves her head a whole lot. I think I’m only impressed when she holds still but that is usually only when she stares at me or at her daddy.

  4. Profile photo of Desire's Desire's says:

    Have you tried gripe water? My little one did the same thing and the gripe water helped so much.

  5. My baby smiles often. He is starting to stay awake longer during the day. He has lifted his head and rolled over during tummy time already. Unfortunately he is very gassy and is always trying to pass it. He grunts n moans while trying to pass and does pass it. But it does get bad at times and he screams because the pains are hurting him. I wish I could do more to help him pass it.

  6. Profile photo of Liz Liz says:

    I’m so lucky my baby sleeps during the night very well and doesn’t cry much :)

  7. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Im so glad my baby isnt colicky

    • Profile photo of Jacqueline Jacqueline says:

      What exactly is colic?

      • Profile photo of Megan KlayEditor Megan Klay says:

        Hi Jacqueline – Colic is the term for persistent crying in babies that follows what can be called “the rule of three.” This means that a well-fed and otherwise healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days per week, for at least three weeks. Somewhere between 5% and 25% of babies have colic according to this definition.

  8. Profile photo of Sara Sara says:

    My son smiles A LOT in his sleep, it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!!…he is starting to sleep less than he did the first couple of weeks, though he may have very mild colic because he seems to cry around 9 or 10 every night even after being fed and changed. But he did better tonight, only cried for about 5 minutes before he calmed down and eventually fell asleep :)

  9. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    My baby smiles all the time..

  10. Profile photo of chandra chandra says:

    My son smiles in his sleep when I hold him and giggles it is the most precious thing ever. The other day I held him up and he just looked right at me a and gave me the biggest smile it made me cry. Babies are so adorable.

  11. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    i love it when my baby smiles

  12. Question for some paraent does your baby poop verry watery o look like diarea i took my daugther to the doctor today and they to me it was normal for a newborn to poop watery yellowish poop , i find it hard to belive in a way but they are the doctor if other are going throw the same thing plz comment :)

    • Profile photo of gisela gisela says:

      is ok …. first black .. them green .. and later mustard… dark yellow…after that !!! not idea.. les keeping touch !!!! god bless you !!

  13. Our baby boy smiled since day one… He started making some cooing at 2 weeks old. He will be 3 weeks old this Thursday. He seems to enjoy tummy time when his sister isn’t around (she will be 3 years old next month). Lol… I am enjoying him. The only thing is that he sleeps more in the day than the night. I try to wake him during the day, but he won’t wake up unless he wants to eat.

  14. Profile photo of serenity's serenity's says:

    My little serenity is sleeping more…. but she has brief periods of being awake.. still no sleeping routine.. my one year old is getting really active.. np he’s walking really good.. no stoping him

  15. My baby is sleeping more.

  16. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    Annabell smiled when she was one day old and she smiles more and more each day it just amazes me how much she has grown and changed

  17. i read in a magazine to take it off you can use baking soda and baby oil as a paste put it on the baby’s head and then wash it off.

  18. Profile photo of Jasmine Jasmine says:

    How do you prevent cradel cap?

  19. Profile photo of venusasagirl venusasagirl says:

    My son was born 3 weeks early..We had a few bumps to overcome..Now we sleep 4-5 hours a night (even though we just went thru a growth spurt) ( yeap..that was fun) but we hold our head up at tummy time and even roll over, and move up and down! at feeding times we hold our breast milk in a bottle..YES!! hold the bottle!! ( i have to pump cuz of being in NICU for 10 days. he got used to the bottle. *sigh*

  20. Profile photo of Heather Heather says:

    Weekend. Baby. Sitter. Care

  21. I tried this and mommy cant resist but to talk to Alexander and keep lights on at night. It will me a long road to sleepy time at night. I’m a very active father and if my little man is awake i’m awake with him. I dont want to miss a thing.

  22. Bye Bye Baby Buttin Is Alexanders favorite lullaby.

  23. My baby was born smiling. Alexander hasn’t stopped smiling yet. But he can eat. WOW!!! Tummy time is his thing.

  24. Profile photo of Chrissy Chrissy says:

    Tummy time for our baby is on mommy so he gets the skin to skin tummy time and the relaxation all at the same time. This trick has totally helped in times of his crying that he is just "too tired" to sleep.

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