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Your Baby at Week 7

Your 7 Week Baby

Your 7 week baby at this stage will be sleeping and feeding a lot more than usual. This is due to a growth spurt that will likely last for a few days to an entire week. If your child has reached their target birth weight, this would be a good time to introduce a sleep-training routine. Our MumsVillage Partner Blogger Babywinkz is chock full of great advice for seamlessly integrating a sleep routine for your whole family.

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Growth spurts normally take place once the baby comes home from hospital and at around 10 days, 3 weeks to a month, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months. Growth spurts will require more input from you in terms of breast milk. For this reason, increase your naps and try to get as much rest as you can. Plenty of warm liquids and good fats, such as avocados, nuts, and coconut will help to enrich your milk supply, these are all healthy food for breastfeeding mums. If you are feeding your baby late at night keep the lights dim, and avoid letting it turn into a party. No television or loud music, and switch off your tablet or cell phone. Bright lights or blue light from mobile devices will interfere with your melatonin production.

You at seven weeks of baby.

Cut yourself some slack when it comes to your housework, your work and even your relationships. Do not worry if some of these things get neglected. Focus on resting as much as you can, even if you miss a few hair appointments. But we know salon services just for mums and some can even come to you! Just click Here! If you prefer to have fewer visitors, speak to your spouse or family member so that you can rest more. Create a support system in your family where others can watch the baby while you recover. Do not be afraid to take short walks or step outside of the house.

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Ensure that your 7 week baby does not get overstimulated. Their receptors get overloaded quite quickly so if your baby begins to squirm or fuss, he is informing you that he has had enough. Even though your baby is unable to respond to you verbally, make plenty of eye-contact, smile, laugh and talk to your baby. Converse with your child as though they were an adult. Use questions and then supply the answers. This is much better than baby talk because it will help him develop proper speech patterns.  Keep reading aloud to your baby even if his attention span seems to wander.

Read More: Why We Must All Read Aloud To Our Older Children 

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