Your newborn is only one week old, but your baby already has certain preferences—the biggest one being looking at you! Your baby was born nearsighted, and even though eyesight is still fuzzy, he or she CAN see you in detail, when you're 8 to 10 inches away. And studies show that newborns prefer human faces to ALL other patterns or objects, so give your baby PLENTY of face time. Help your baby develop those eye muscles by slowly moving your head back and forth, or bringing objects close to him, then moving them away again. And at this point, your baby can even recognize your gestures and faces, so play by raising your eyebrows or smiling. Many one-week olds will even respond in kind. Don't worry if your little one looks at you with crossed eyes—it's often a part of normal development. Although your baby is busy learning, this second week of life will STILL center on sleeping and eating. If your infant is indeed eating enough, he'll pass frequent mustard-yellow or dark stools, and will wet up to about 7 diapers daily. All that eating will also insure that your baby gets back up to her birth weight-or beyond-this week. And while your newborn sleeps, you'll want to keep your baby on his or her back to help reduce the likelihood ofto help reduce the likelihood of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. When your baby's awake though, encourage your newborn to spend time on his tummy, which will help him learn to hold his head up. What a week, huh? Stay tuned for all that's to come in your infant's third one!
July 16, 2012