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.

Be sure you are keeping up on your baby’s well visit check-ups. These are important to make sure your baby is getting enough to eat. Your doctor will weigh your baby and make sure he or she is gaining enough weight.

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. There are certain medications that can help severe colic if it’s caused by acid reflux or gas and cutting out certain foods out of your diet or switching to a more gentle formula might help, so be sure to talk to your pediatrician if your baby has colic.

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 in the coming weeks. Also, during tummy time, is he making more attempts to hold his neck up? Babies grow stronger every day!


What do you think?

My Baby – Week 3

Tell us what you think!


  1. Kendra says:

    I have a 3 year old son who has been adopted because he have CP that made it impossible for me to care for him I also have Seizures while pregnant I also took my med which causes him to have cp but now I have another child now which is Healthy

  2. jenelle says:

    My son Is holding his head very well. His dr actually said wow at our last visit when she saw how long he can hold it up lol. When I lay him down on his back he will roll to his right side automatically, he always has even at the hospital, he never rolls to his other side though. He makes all kinds of different noises(which he’s also been making since birth, he’s just learning different ones). He also makes all kinds of facial expressions, I do see smiles but I believe they are more of the kind you get when baby has gas than actual smiles. I do notice that he is spending more and more of his time awake.

  3. crystal says:

    My son Christopher was born 4 weeks premature. But he weighed 6lbs 12 ounces so he was big enough to come home when i did. The only problem he had was he failed his carseat test at the hospital. Because even though he was 6 pounds at birth he was still he can’t sit in his carseat for very long so we have to stay home most of the time. But he is my heart and soul mynpride and joy. I am so thankful i have him. He rolls from his back to his side he did this at his first dr’s appointment. He smiles and when he is fed at night he goes rig back to sleep. He is three weeks oldand holds his head up and smiles all the time.

  4. Christina says:

    My little one makes little sounds while he eating at night. Not much. He does smile, but when he’s sleeping. Can’t wait to hear him start cooing!!!

  5. gfeld says:

    My son can hold his head quite well but the smile is not there yet. We are looking forward to all his milestones!

  6. Timothy says:

    We just love her so much … Glad to be here

  7. 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

    • 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.

    • MICHAELANN says:


      • Jewell Payne says:

        Don’t worry about what people say. You hold your baby as much as you want. I do my grandson, who is 3 weeks old. And I did my 4boys when they were small. It does not spoil them like some want to believe, it comforts them and shows them love.

  8. 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.

  9. Desire's says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. Liz says:

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

  12. sheenaholman says:

    Im so glad my baby isnt colicky

    • Jacqueline says:

      What exactly is colic?

      • 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.

  13. 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 🙂

  14. Jeanetta says:

    My baby smiles all the time..

  15. 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.

  16. Grace says:

    i love it when my baby smiles

  17. 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 🙂

    • Its normal,my son is 3 weeks old now and he also poop watery, my doctor said its normal for a breastfeed baby,so nothing to worry about

    • gisela says:

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

      • zoey says:

        yes, babygirl is colicky already and changed formula 5 x’s finally on to nutragimen. this is what my son used as an infant. now i’m helping my daughter w/her baby and boy i sure miss sleep. she cries and poops. feel so helpless.dr today says try this xantac for baby in a liquid who knew? she said suppose to help her sleep. will it help diaherrae no. but new formula should. good come back in 2 months. good luck, use a soft baby wash rag in stead of all the stuff in the wipes this should help w/soft little skin. zoey was allergic to pampers/for real, huggies until skin gets better, also she can have real bath cord fell off ,maybe this will help u, i ‘ve had to change so many times that she poops on her poop hehe, all u can do is laugh and go on it is mostly water. so directly wash and keep for next mess. good luck daddy knows best

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. My baby is sleeping more.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. Jasmine says:

    How do you prevent cradel cap?

  24. 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*

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