Baby week 3

Your Baby Is 3 Weeks Old!

The nice news: You are baby's world. He recognizes your voice, your smell, and your appearance. He even knows the taste of your breastmilk and would choose it over someone else's if given the choice. The not-so-happy news: Colic (uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby) may start making an appearance right around this time. If this is the case for your baby, try your best to set aside some quiet time for yourself and share the load with your partner.

Photo: Christine Sandrock of Simply Bloom Photography / The Bump

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Waking up to the world
Baby becomes more and more alert as the days go by, spending much of his time quietly checking out his surroundings. Since he sleeps on his back at night (remember, this helps prevent SIDS), it's important to get in some tummy time during the day. Put your face directly in front of his so that he holds up his head to look at you -- cute and good for his neck muscles. Don't freak out if his eyes don't quite meet yours -- his vision is still a little blurry, which makes focusing difficult.

To-do:
> Take care of the umbilical cord
> Make you-time
> Track breastfeeding sessions

[ tip ] If baby seems upset, try placing him tummy-down across your knees and gently rubbing his back. This helps release extra air and relieves cramping, which is a common cause of agitation in babies.

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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City

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