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.