Your baby's development
This week and from now on you will notice your baby does less sleeping in the day and pays more attention to his new environment. Once he learns to smile he’ll start smiling at anyone who tickles his chin or pulls a face. He still reserves special smiles for mum and dad though. Your baby will become obsessed with his hands this week and for the rest of the month as he begins to grasp a rattle or small toy easily and from there he will notice his fingers. He’ll stare at them intently, wave them in front of his face and will show pleasure at finding these extraordinary toys!
Although tired, you might feel ready to do some postnatal exercises this week, as long as your doctor has given you the go-ahead at your six-week check. You could try powerpramming as an option!
Your baby should be able to fully-focus now and will recognise you and your partner’s face as well as familiar toys and objects around her. The world still appears quite one-dimensional to her and small details or anything far away will be lost on her. You may also start to notice her taking in brightly coloured objects as colours become more defined.
Your baby may start to uncurl his fingers and make grabs for anything in his reach, so your hair, earrings and necklaces are no longer safe! He will no doubt try to explore everything with his mouth if he manages to (shakily) grasp something. He still can’t grasp for very long and will often try but completely miss.
His head control gets better and better as the month progresses but he can still only manage to lift his head momentarily (and very shakily) at about 45 degrees whilst on his tummy. He may also be strong enough to lift his head for a moment in his car seat, sling or attempt to lift his head whilst being carried on your shoulder. His head and neck will still need plenty of support so make sure guests who come to visit you carry your baby correctly.