My Baby – Week 4

Week four is a lot like week three. Most likely, your little one has her own schedule. When she is hungry she lets you know, when she needs to be changed, well, you can figure that one out, and when she’s sleeping, she’s sleeping. Loud noises might not even stir your baby while she is asleep. If your baby made an early arrival, you have already found that premature babies come with their own set of challenges and rewards. Whether your little one is still being cared for in the NICU, or is adjusting to life at home, the added stress of a preemie baby usually means that Mom needs some special care, too. Your hospital may offer, or be able to connect you with, support groups. Check out our online communities for preemie parents to share advice and concerns. Take good care of yourself, so you’ll be able to take good care of your special little arrival.

You may notice that your baby is engaging in eye contact more and more frequently; and you may see your first genuine smile, a milestone usually reached sometime between four and six weeks. He may also be holding his head up more frequently, higher, and for longer increments during tummy time.

Taking your baby out of the house

It’s best to avoid taking your new baby out of the house frequently during the first couple of months. There is a greater risk of catching a cold, RSV, or even the flu the more often they travel outside of the home, because these infections are spread by contact with other people. Of course, it’s not always practical to keep your baby sequestered inside of your home. If you do want to take your baby out in the first couple of months, try to avoid big crowds, wash your hands frequently, and encourage other people who will be handling your baby to do the same. You may also want to invest in a baby wrap or sling. This will protect your baby from other people, while also affording you maximum mobility.

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  1. Avatar of victor victor says:

    Wow 4weeks already! . I love beaing a dad :)

  2. Avatar of Christina Christina says:

    4 weeks already! I hate to leave him when I have to go back to work! He’s so adorable!! I’m so happy to have him.

  3. Avatar of Timothy Timothy says:

    week 4… is it time to start potty training yet ?

  4. Avatar of Timothy Timothy says:

    great video. my wife and I watch them together..

  5. Avatar of Charlotte Charlotte says:

    I take my baby out for fresh air usually once a day (sometimes its just a walk around the block) and he’s 3 weeks 3 days. We go crazy stuck inside. I was told it was fine so long as whoever is holding him isn’t sick, and also that the antibodies in the breast milk help protect him I don’t take him out for more than a couple hours, and never at night yet, but the fresh air does us both good and he has actually been sleeping almost thru the night the last couple nights.

  6. Avatar of Denise Denise says:

    My daughter has her days and nights mixed up she sleeps great during the day but come time for me to go to sleep she wants to stay awake fussing. Im going back to work next week anyway i can get her on a normal sleeping routine

    • Avatar of Shiloh JohnsonEditor Shiloh Johnson says:

      Hi Denise. Those first few weeks with baby home are hard! It’s very common for newborns to have their days and nights mixed up, but I understand wanting to try and correct it before going back to work. One this that helps is to keep the room very dark and quiet at night. Don’t talk to her when you get up to feed/change her – simply do what you need to do lovingly, but keep the sweet talk to a minimum. Then, in the daytime, do the opposite and give her tons of attention, talking to her and cooing back. You want her to want to be awake in the daytime because at night it’s boring. Here’s the link to a section with some sleep articles that may help: http://www.everydayfamily.com/baby-sleep-basics/ and here’s an article about starting your bedtime ritual that may helps as well: http://www.everydayfamily.com/sweet-dreams-beginning-your-bedtime-ritual/. It’s never too early to start that routine. Good luck mama, and keep us updated! The good thing is that “this too shall pass” :-)

  7. Avatar of wendy wendy says:

    Seems like yesterday I experienced motherhood knowing that I didn’t know I was even pregnant! It has been wonderful being a mom to such a beautiful miracle

  8. Avatar of Ashley Ashley says:

    Can’t believe it’s been almost 4 weeks! My first born is a lot of help as well but she also wants her own time too.

  9. I love it when my little one moves his legs and arms none stop good sign he is exercising

  10. Avatar of ketta ketta says:

    My little one is 4 weeks old and my other daughter is really a big sister. She wants to hold her, clean her, feed her and kiss her

  11. My little one is 1 month old and my other daughter is really a big sister. She wants to hold her, clean her, feed her and kiss her a zillion times until she squirms to much and then she freaks out. PRICELESS

  12. Avatar of july july says:

    love my prince!!!!!

  13. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Love the little smiles :)

  14. Avatar of Lourdes Lourdes says:

    My son is 4 months today and time is flying for me. My 2 year old daughter cant stop kissing him and hugging him. I love them both.

  15. Avatar of Rmendivil29 Rmendivil29 says:

    Today my baby girl is one month and she is doing great, what a blessing!!!

  16. My baby boy is my 3rd child and he turned a month old yesterday. I love all 3 of my kids!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Avatar of MommyMini MommyMini says:

    My first baby. 4weeks tomorro :) cutest thing on this planet ^.^

  18. Avatar of Rosie Rosie says:

    my bbys one month n 4 days i love the way she lets mi know wen its time for everything(:!

  19. my bby gurl is 3weeks old she so cute bby

  20. Avatar of MairyXiong MairyXiong says:

    My son is a month and 4 days old.

  21. Avatar of Saniyah Saniyah says:

    my daughter is a month old

  22. Avatar of Shae Shae says:

    My twins are a month and I am so excited to be their mother and watch them grow. Both smile and even laugh now and then…neither are too fond of tummy time though :(

  23. Avatar of kaylea4 kaylea4 says:

    this is my 4th and she is the easiest now lol babies are easier then tots thats for sure .. so baby sarah stop growing lol ..

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