My Baby – Week 5

By week five, your baby might be smiling back at you when you engage her in play or give her a smile of your own. Your baby is most likely turning her head to respond to different sounds and can probably now hold her head up for longer periods of time when she is on her stomach. Remember that all infants are individuals, and if your baby isn’t reaching these milestones just yet, that is alright, too.

Is my baby eating enough?

Because every baby is different, there really isn’t a steadfast rule about how much your baby should be eating every day. Breastfeeding moms should be trying for at least 8 to 12 feedings in a 24-hour period. Formula-feeding moms should schedule at least 5 to 7 feedings a day, for a total of 24 to 32 ounces of formula. If your baby has regained his birth weight and is now steadily gaining about one-half ounce to one ounce every day, regularly soaking at least six diapers a day, and having two to three soft bowel movements each day, then he is probably eating enough. Breastfed babies may reduce their bowel movements between six and eight weeks, going from stools at each feeding to stools every few days. If you have any concerns, of course speak with your baby's pediatrician.

Is this dandruff?

It is common for babies to develop “cradle cap” by their fifth week at home. These white or yellow-orange flakes, which appear on their head, may look a lot like adult dandruff. If you notice that your baby does have cradle cap, don’t try to shampoo it away. Shampooing on a daily basis can make it worse by drying out his little scalp. Also, keep your baby’s head cool and dry, as sweat can make the amount of flakes increase.

How much should my baby being growing?

In terms of your baby’s growth, it is most important to look at her rate of growth, as opposed to how much she weighs or how long she is. Generally speaking, a healthy infant gains about 1 ½ to 2 pounds per month, her head circumference grows about 2 centimeters a month, and she will grow approximately 25 centimeters (10 inches) from the time she is born until the end of her infancy (12 months).

It’s important to remember that these are general guidelines. If you have any fears that your baby isn’t growing, or growing too slowly, be sure to check with the pediatrician. It’s probably just about time to schedule your baby’s two month appointment anyway.

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My Baby – Week 5

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  1. Profile photo of Kristin Kristin says:

    Actually it’s not uncommon for EBF babies to go days between poops.

  2. Profile photo of ashley ashley says:

    My daughter was born march 24 2015 and weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces 18 1/2 inches long today she is 5 weeks and we are going for her 1 month check up to see how she is growing

  3. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    this baby– my 2nd boy, also got craddle cap this month. i love being able to scroll down and see comments i made on my now 2 year old!

  4. Profile photo of rehab rehab says:

    hi my baby born at 3.500 kg , at 1 month old she us 4.100 kg
    is her weight good ?
    also she has gas problem , i tried every thing but problem still on

  5. Profile photo of erika erika says:

    braylan was 9 pounds at birth he is a month and two days now and is 12 pounds! it is so tiring holding him because of his weight, I thought I would be used to it my first was 8 pounds and gained weight quickly…I am nursing and he chews and it hurts and I have tore OUCH! how can I deal with being so sore????

  6. Profile photo of Mrs. B Mrs. B says:

    My little one weighed 8pds 20 inches at birth gained 1.6 oz before she left. last check up was 2 weeks after birth she weighed 8pds 11oz 22inches. im worried shes not growing properly.. im bfeeding and formula feeding during the day. shes fussy on formula milk ive switched from gerber gentle start to enfamil a.r. because she act like she wasn’t interested in eating… she got bad acne so i switched her back.. but she still is really fussy while eating i burp her half way through the bottle.. she still eats on her hand and everything else she chews on her nipple. i believe shes teething can someone help me understand what might be going on shes 5 weeks 4 days today.

  7. Profile photo of Bridget Bridget says:

    My little man Ezrakane weighed 7lbs 6 oz when he was born. He is 1 month now and he is at 7 lbs 8 oz. he was 2 weeks early also. Idk what to do to help him gain weight like he is supposed to. Does anybody have any suggestions?

  8. Profile photo of gfeld gfeld says:

    My baby doesn’t look like a newborn anymore, lol.

  9. Profile photo of Wendy Wendy says:

    my baby boy was 8 pounds 6 oz and 20 inches long when he was born …and now at 5 weeks old he weight 12 pound 4oz……Im so happy …. 🙂

  10. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    My daughter was 6 pounds 14 oz and 19 inches long, she dropped to 6 pounds 8oz and now at her 1 month was 8 pounds 14 oz and 21 inches long! She’s growing fast and eating like crazy!

  11. Profile photo of Timothy Timothy says:

    is it to early to expect the baby to start walking now ?

  12. Profile photo of Alyssa Alyssa says:

    My little girl was 6 lbs 8 oz when she was born and weighed only 6 lbs when she left the hospital. Now, at 5 weeks old she weighs 8 lbs 6 oz. She’s gotten so much bigger and is definitely doing better than we thought she was going to.

    • Profile photo of Casey Casey says:

      This makes me feel better. Lol. My baby was born 6lbs 13oz and dropped to 6lbs 6oz. At 5 weeks she weighed 8lbs 4oz! She pees and poops a lot though. So I didn’t know if she was eating too much or not enough. Thank you for your post. Sorry to reply 2 years later almost… Lol

  13. Profile photo of Kelsey Kelsey says:

    I have a question out their my baby is 5 week old and to me his eyes are a little yellow how do I cure this problem.

    • Profile photo of zoe zoe says:

      if you are breastfeeding. try supplementing with formula and vitamin d drops. they poop more with formula and that is the best way to get rid of jaundice. (this is what i did and the jaundice is completely gone) the vitamin d drops help cause you get vitamin d from being in the sun and ppl say to take baby out in sun but that can also be bad so try the drops. also they are good to use if breastfeeding anyways. breast milk doesn’t have enough vitamin d.

    • Profile photo of Alyssa Alyssa says:

      They usually say that has to do with jaundice. My daughter was born 5 weeks ago with a mild case of jaundice and I was told she might get a little yellow in her eyes. They told me if it happens to just take her out in the sun for a little bit or put her in her crib or pack and play by a window that gets a lot of sun. I hope this helps you.

  14. Profile photo of Monica Moore Monica Moore says:

    my lil man is doing great in the eating depatment!

  15. My son was born 7lbs 2oz 20 1/2inch left hospital @ 6lbs 10oz and at his one month dr visit was 9lbs 21 1/2inch……he is growing so fast

  16. Profile photo of Sierra-Dawn Sierra-Dawn says:

    Sounds like my lil man is on track

  17. Profile photo of Liz Liz says:

    My baby ways every two to four hrs so I know he is ok 🙂 and I know for sure he wets more than 8 diapers a day

  18. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    My little lady is small but gets enough.

  19. Profile photo of Ada Ada says:

    My son feeds well and has doubled in weight not height in less than 4wks. Am so grateful.

  20. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    My daughter eats a lot more than that a day…

  21. Profile photo of ornella ornella says:

    my boy is growing so sweet!!

  22. can’t wait for my baby

  23. Profile photo of Nichole Nichole says:

    it says 1.5 -2 pounds a month for weight gain, my daughter gained 3 pounds 1 ounce in 4 weeks. Born at 7lbs 6oz and 4 week check up was 10lbs 7 oz, is that bad? she gained up to double the normal weight gain

    • Profile photo of crystal crystal says:

      My son was born 4 weeks early weighing a healthy 6lbs 12 ounces. They said if he had gone full turm he would have weighed close to 10 lbs . When he went for his one month check up he weighed 9lbs 2.5 ounces and grew 1.5 inches. He was 20 inches when he was born. Know we have a hard time with eating and pooping. He screams until he can burp and i have had to give him deluted prune juice to help him poop. The dr has changed his formula hoping it will help. But i think his weight gain is good. He is healthy and other wise very happy.

  24. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    yeah this week my baby boy just got craddle cape

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