Your baby is 8 weeks old

Your baby is 8 weeks old

You’ve had your baby for almost two months now, so you have a glimpse of how time flies – do you believe other parents now when they say the first year goes quickly? Don’t forget to write down all your baby’s milestones like when she smiled, rolled over or got her first tooth. She will love to read about it when she is older and it will be a helpful guide if you are thinking of having another baby at some point in the future.

Your baby this week

This week your baby may be able to focus on smaller objects like raisins or cherries, but it is best to keep them away from her in case they pose a choking hazard. Your baby might even be able to fully focus and will recognise you and your partner’s face as well as familiar toys and objects around her. The world still appears quite one-dimensionally and small details or anything far away will be lost on her.

You may start to notice her taking in brightly coloured objects as colours become more defined. Try placing a bright rattle or toy in front of her face and moving them from left to right to see if she follows them with her eyes. As well as making all sorts of adorable sounds, gurgles and coos you may notice your baby starting to giggle soon, especially if you tickle her tummy, play round and round the garden on her hands or this little piggy on her toes…

Your body this week

If you are breastfeeding you are probably feeling a bit less swollen and leaky this week as your breasts start to regulate themselves according to your baby’s eating habits. You are probably feeling exhausted still as you provide round the clock care for your baby so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to cook or do housework.

If your friends offer to help, why not suggest they make a lasagne for you to bung in the freezer, so on days where you don’t manage to do anything but feed your baby, you’ll still get an evening meal. Try to take rests when your baby sleeps and if you feel up to it, a 10-20 minute walk around the block or local park will help to keep you fit and give you and your baby some fresh air.

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