Your Baby at Week 9
Your 9 Week Baby
Your babymoon has now been going on for two months! Baby’s brain grows about five centimeteres in the first three months of development. She is learning a lot! When she breastfeeds, make sure she is not swallowing too much air as the gas can make your 9 week baby uncomfortable. When breastfeeding make sure your baby’s lips enclose around your areola. If you are unsure about her latch or need some breastfeeding advice and making sure she is getting enough milk, contact our MumsVillage partner Breastfeeding Support Counselors.
- When using a bottle with expressed milk, ensure that baby’s lips are fastened on the wide base of the teat, not just the top. Buy the bottles with teats that closely resemble the shape of your nipple, to avoid nipple confusion.
- If your baby has gas, burp her before and after feeds, especially when changing sides.
Talk to me..
For 9 months prior to birth, your baby listened to your voice and was soothed by its sound. She has since preferred your voice to any other voice. In fact by the time of birth babies cry in a similar intonation to their parent’s language. They are already learning language. For this reason, talk to your baby. Keep talking to her, sing to her, smile at her and interact with her normally. Look into her eyes and chat to her about your activities and about your family and loved ones – narrate to her what is going on in her surroundings and how you and your family feel about her. There is no need to use baby talk or ‘gaa-gaa goo-goo’ sounds, although apparently newborns may prefer higher pitched and slower speech. Read her stories daily as part of her evening routine. This will prime her to develop good reading habits as a foundation for lifelong learning.
You at 9 weeks of baby.
Having a baby can be hard. It can be an emotional roller coaster with your feelings ranging from euphoric to anxious, to sad to gleeful to downright exhausted. This is quite normal. Mothering is a journey and you will need the assistance, support and understanding of your immediate family, friends and spouse.
If the symptoms of overwhelm become unbearable, you might want to go over this MumsVillage postnatal depression checklist.
If baby is having a lot of trouble sleeping, it is a good time to contact a sleep specialist for advice. These MumsVillage videos will provide you with tips of what to expect from such a Sleep Specialist.