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Getting To Know Your 7-Week-Old Baby

The Asian Parent logo The Asian Parent 7/7/2022 Pheona Ilagan
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It’s hard to believe that your 7-week-old baby is already starting to become their own little person. They are beginning to develop their unique personality and become more aware of their surroundings at this age. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get to know your 7-week-old baby:

7-Week-Old Baby Sleep

Your baby starts to get into a sleep routine at seven weeks old. But, they still sleep – around 16 to 18 hours a day. It includes naps during the day and nighttime sleep. 

Your baby’s sleep patterns will become more regular over the next few weeks. They will likely take fewer naps during the day and sleep for longer stretches at night. You can help encourage this. Keep a regular bedtime routine. As for their sleeping environment, make it dark and quiet. 

Although your baby is starting to sleep less, they still need a lot of rest. Make sure to give them plenty of opportunities to nap during the day to get the rest they need.

7-Week-Old Baby Not Sleeping

If you have a 7-week-old baby who is not sleeping, you can help your little one get some rest. The good news is that you can try a few things to encourage better sleep habits. 

First, establish a bedtime routine and stick to it as much as possible. It will help your baby know when to wind down and get ready for sleep.  Second, create a calm and relaxing environment in the nursery. Add some dim lighting and soft music.  Finally, ensure that your baby’s crib is comfortable and safe. Put in plenty of pillows and blankets for support. 

With patience and effort, you can help your 7-week-old baby get on a better sleep schedule.

7-Week-Old Baby Feeding

Feeding a 7-week-old baby can be a bit of a challenge. They are still getting the hang of latching on and may not be very efficient eaters. You may need to experiment with different positions and techniques to find what works best for you and your baby. Here are a few things to keep in mind when feeding a 7-week-old: 

Make sure the baby is latching correctly. Babies should have a good seal around the nipple, with their tongue behind the nipple.  Be patient! It may take them a while to eat, and they may need to have frequent stops to rest.  If breastfeeding, watch for signs that they are complete. Such as turning away from the breast or falling asleep.  If you are formula-feeding, follow the instructions on the package for how much to feed them. 

With patience and practice, you’ll be a pro at feeding your 7-week-old in no time!

Most babies still drink between 4 and 8 ounces every 3 to 4 hours. The milk will help them gain weight, grow taller, and fill out their skin. 

Babies, at this age, may start to sleep for longer stretches at night but still need to eat about every 3 to 4 hours during the day. As your baby grows and starts to eat more solid food, you can space out their feedings a bit more. 

7-Week-Old Baby Basic Care

At this age, babies learn to develop their skills and become more independent. Here are some basic care tips for 7-week-old babies: 

Feeding

Get to know their hunger cues. Your 7-week-old baby will start letting you know when they’re hungry. It’s through cues like smacking their lips, putting their hands to their mouth or fussing. It’s best to feed them before they get too fussy, as it’ll be harder to get them to latch on when upset.

Pooping

7-week-old baby poop is usually very watery and runny. It may be difficult to tell when they have soiled their diaper mixed with urine. Always change your baby’s diapers at least every two to three hours, to prevent irritation and infection. 

To clean your baby: 

  • Use a soft cloth or cotton ball dampened with warm water. 
  • Gentle wiping their bottom from front to back after each bowel movement.
  • You can also use mild, unscented baby wipes. 
  • Be sure to dispose of soiled diapers in a proper way. Put them in a trash can with a lid. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after changing diapers. 

A 7-week-old baby’s skin is very delicate, so be gentle when cleaning them. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your paediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s poop.

Sleep

Set up a bedtime routine for your baby. It can include a warm bath, reading a book, or singing a lullaby. Doing the same things each night will help cue their little bodies that it’s time to sleep. 

Crying

It’s normal for newborns to cry, so don’t worry if your 7-week-old seems fussy sometimes. Crying is a way for babies to communicate their needs, so try to respond with calm and patience. 

Hold or rock them if they’re crying. If nothing seems to comfort your baby, it’s okay to let them cry for a few minutes while you take a break. Stay nearby so you can check them.

7-Week-Old Baby Weight

A baby’s weight can vary a lot in the first few months. Your seven-week-old baby is likely to weigh between 10 and 18 pounds (4.5 to 8.2 kg). Babies this age gain about 1/2 pounds per week. But there is no need to worry if your baby falls outside this range. 

Babies often have growth spurts at different times, so their weight can fluctuate. As long as your baby is generally gaining weight and seems healthy, there is no cause for concern. 

Talk to your paediatrician if you’re ever worried about your baby’s weight. They can give you tailored advice based on your child’s individual needs.

7-Week-Old Baby Height

A baby’s height at seven weeks old will not be the same as their height when they are full grown. But, for the first few months, you can expect them to grow about 1/2 inch per week. 

So, a 7-week-old baby would be about 3 1/2 inches tall. It has slight variations depending on the baby’s growth rate. Some babies may be a little taller or shorter than this.

Their genes determine a baby’s height, but their environment and nutrition influence it. If a baby is born to parents who are taller than average, they are more likely to be tall. It may be shorter than average for a malnourished baby. Or if they don’t have access to proper medical care. Regardless of their height at seven weeks old, all babies are precious and grow at their own pace.

7-Week-Old Baby Growth Spurt

Every baby is different, but most 7-week-olds will be growing and developing at a similar rate. During this time, babies will usually have a growth spurt. They are gaining weight and length at a rapid pace. 

You may notice that your baby is hungrier than usual and wants to feed more often. It is normal! Be sure to nurse or bottle-feed your baby whenever they seem hungry. This extra nourishment will help support your baby’s growth spurt. 

You may also notice that your baby is sleeping more during this time. It is because all that growth can be tiring! Make sure to give your little one plenty of cuddles and love during this special time.

7-Week-Old Baby Development

A seven-week-old baby is generally starting to become more aware of their surroundings. They will usually be able to recognise their parents and carers and may begin to show a preference for certain people. 

Babies are also starting to develop stronger muscles, and may be able to hold their heads up for brief periods. 

It is also the age when many babies start to show an interest in exploring their environment. And may start to reach for objects that they see. 

As seven-week-old babies continue to develop physically and mentally. They will learn more about the world around them and interact with it in new ways.

7-Week-Old Baby Routine

At seven weeks old, your baby is becoming more aware of the world around them. They may be able to follow simple moving objects with their eyes and may even begin to smile at you.  At this age, start developing a daily routine for your baby. It can include regular times for eating, sleeping, and playing. A structured routine will help your baby feel secure and make it easier for you to care for them.  Continue bonding with your baby at this age. Spend time talking to them, reading to them, and cuddling them. These activities will help your baby develop emotionally and mentally.  By seven weeks old, your baby is starting to become a little person with their own unique needs and personality. Create a daily routine and spend time bonding with your baby. It will help them thrive in these early weeks of life.

7-Week-Old Baby Playtime

It’s playtime for your 7-week-old baby! At this age, your little one is starting to become more alert. They are becoming responsive to their surroundings. It is an ideal time to start introducing some essential toys and games.  Look for toys with bright colours that make noise, such as rattles or squeaky toys. Your baby will enjoy simple things like household objects like pots and pans or empty boxes. Get down on the floor with your baby and let them explore. Let them hold and shake the objects, and show them how they make noise.  You can also start showing them how to put things into containers and take them out again. Simple games like peek-a-boo are also great at this age. Your baby will love the suspense of waiting for you to reappear. And they’ll start to giggle with delight when they finally see you again.  Take advantage of your baby’s natural curiosity and sense of fun. Most of all, enjoy some quality playtime together!

VeryWellFamily, NHS, Medical News Today

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