Your baby is 5 weeks old

Your baby is developing at a fast pace and is getting more and more fun to be around. She is much more alert this week, as she spends more time awake, following your face as you move your head from side-to-side and gazing at brightly coloured objects you put in front of her. You may also start to notice that her sleeping habits are a little less erratic and that she settles into a routine of sorts.

Your newborn loves to learn and takes in more information at this stage in her life than she ever will. At this age she can adapt to any language, which is why it is important to talk to her all the time. She may not be able to understand the words you are saying, but she can hear the sounds you make and is learning about expression, emotion and the basics of communication when you speak. Explain what you are doing all the time, for instance, ‘now you are going to have a bath,’ or ‘who is that at the door, shall we go and check?’ so that she starts to learn the names for things and gets used to hearing your voice.

Baby slings or carriers can be used when your baby is over a month old and has reasonable head control. Newborn babies face inwards as the sling helps to support the neck and back, whilst an older baby faces outwards and usually loves being able to see the world. Most babies love slings and infant carriers because they feel warm, secure and close to you. Baby carriers are great if you need to carry on with household chores, do the shopping or need your hands free to deal with an older child. Some parents have found that a combination of putting their baby in a sling and hoovering can sometimes stop excessive crying - it’s worth a shot!

If you haven't already got a baby carrier, look at our cool KIT section for ideas and advice on all things baby.

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