Your baby is 4 weeks old
Your baby this week
This week your baby may be able to lift her head briefly when she is placed on her tummy. You are advised to give your baby plenty of supervised time on her tummy although you should put her to sleep on her back, to decrease the chances of SIDS. You may also notice that your baby’s legs and arms are less jerky and move much more smoothly.
This week you’ll see how much more alert she is compared to when she was newborn and although your baby’s main way of communicating will be crying (and will be for some time) you may start to notice other little sounds creeping in. Cooing will be especially popular as well as frog like throaty sounds that will amuse her as well as you. At night you may be surprised at how much she snuffles and sighs in her sleep.
Talk as much as you can to your baby as she is already familiar with the sound of your voice, but hearing you speak will help her on her journey to being able to communicate back to you.
Your body this week
Eating properly often gets forgotten as new mums dash from nappy change to feed to stealing some well-earned rest. Try not to forget about eating healthily especially if you are breastfeeding, as you need a balanced diet in order to get the right nutrients into your baby. Carry on the healthy diet you started while you were pregnant; read diet for a healthy pregnancy for more information.
Caring for a demanding newborn can test any new mum to her absolute limit and one hour you may be feeling pleased with yourself for managing to put a load of washing on as well as feeding and changing your baby, whilst the next hour you're in tears yourself because baby won’t stop crying. Obviously the effects can make you quite emotionally unstable, but if you feel everything is getting you down, or you have extreme tiredness, anxiety and prolonged weepiness you may be suffering from postnatal depression. Always mention how you are feeling to other people, your GP, health visitor and friends and family, as they are there to help and remember. Remember that there's no such thing as a perfect mother!