My Baby – Week 6
Did you just hear that? By week six, your baby may begin to make sounds other than crying! Infants often begin to make cooing noises during their second or third month. Tummy time may also have some surprising developments this week because, for the first time, your baby may be pushing herself up with her arms. Week six brings a lot of landmarks, and it’s important to take things slowly and enjoy every moment.
If you are breastfeeding your baby, you may be concerned about your baby being comfortable taking a bottle from your partner, grandparents, or eventual babysitters. Week six is a good time to begin introducing a bottle to your little one (if you haven’t already). It may ease the transition if you start with a small amount of expressed breast milk. Surprisingly enough, you may find that he is more likely to take a bottle from someone else other than you. Take advantage of this and try to use bottle time to sneak away for a bath, chat with friends, or just take a breather.
Also, don’t feel pressured to introduce a bottle. You can choose to breastfeed throughout your child’s entire infancy without ever introducing a bottle.
Smiling Through the Tears: Maintaining Your Sanity with a Colicky Baby
If you are lucky, the time your little one is spending awake is pleasant for both of you. However, some infants have trouble with colic. These babies may spend most of their waking hours seeming miserable and fussy.
Although colic has been an issue for many mothers, over many years, there is still no true understanding of the exact cause of this period of unhappiness. It was previously thought that the fussing was caused by discomfort due to stomach issues, and colicky babies are often gassy and fussy during or after feedings, but no connection has been established between intestinal issues and the occurrence of colic.
Colic can be as difficult for the mother or father as it is for the baby. It can be frustrating and disheartening when the baby you adore seems to find no comfort in your arms. Many a mother has found herself crying along with her seemingly inconsolable infant. Fathers are also not immune to the frustration inherent in dealing with a baby who doesn’t respond well to anything you try to do to calm her down. If you are dealing with a colicky baby, here are a few things to remember:
- Just because he is crying doesn’t mean you are doing something wrong. If you know that he is fed, dry, clean, and getting enough sleep, then you are doing the right thing.
- If you fear that there may be something more going on, you should certainly speak with your pediatrician. However, sometimes infants cry without providing the adults caring for them any concrete reasons why.
- Do your best to calm and comfort your baby, but try not to take the tears personally.