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Tracking Your Little One’s Milestones: 6 Week Old Baby

Tracking Your Little One’s Milestones 6-Week-Old Baby

Moms, first-timers or not, would agree when I say that a baby’s milestones are precious and must be documented – whether it be through smartphone photos, printed albums, or other creative outlets.

I understand that at six weeks old, your baby has already given you joy as they show off some of these milestones as the days go by. 

Yet, aside from witnessing your baby’s key developments, you will need to deal with the postpartum care of your newborn. This means continuously giving your little one the best possible attention and protection.

To help you navigate this six-week point, here is a guide that will walk you through your baby’s development, growth, health, dealing with postpartum, and other tips on handling your delicate newborn.

 Let’s get started!

Baby’s Development in 6 Weeks

Baby’s Development in 6 Weeks

Your baby starts to be more alert at six weeks, which means there are a lot of changes in their sleeping and feeding patterns and physical progress. 

In tracking your little one’s milestones at six weeks, there are three main facets that you need to focus on: sleeping, feeding, and physical development.

Six-week-old babies are known to sleep for an average of 15 hours or a specific range of 14 to 17 hours. However, this does not mean babies sleep straight for that particular time frame because they will need to feed. 

In terms of your baby’s feeding pattern, they will most likely be hungry two to four hours after the last feeding time

At this age, you should feed your baby as much as they want every time hunger comes. They will spend about 15 minutes drinking milk from each breast. Having every feed at 24 to 32 ounces of breast milk is best.

Take note that to put your baby in premium health, it is necessary to consult your pediatrician about how much breastmilk your baby needs and what you can do to help them achieve the optimum sleeping pattern.

Baby’s Growth at 6 Weeks Old

Baby’s Growth at 6 Weeks Old

Physical development is a vital indicator that babies are reaching their milestones. You can expect a six-week-old newborn’s height to be between 21.26 inches (54 centimeters) and 23.03 inches (58.5 centimeters).

The baby’s height at six weeks old is measured by healthcare professionals when the baby is lying down. 

When talking about a baby’s growth, it also includes the weight aspect. At this age, six-week-old babies are expected to be within the ideal weight range of 8 pounds (3.63 kilograms) to 11 pounds (4.99 kilograms).

A healthy six-week-old baby should have a steady gain in terms of height and weight because of the growth spurt phenomenon. 

However, if you think your baby is not gaining as they should, you must consult your pediatrician to verify whether your baby’s little to no weight gain is a symptom of a serious health condition.

Prioritizing Baby’s Health

Prioritizing Baby’s Health

As I have mentioned, reaching the six-week mark means a more alert, hungry newborn that also craves sleep. On top of this, your little one is also expanding in height and gaining weight.

When prioritizing your six-week-old baby’s health, there are a few things you need to consider and remember. The factors that I am talking about are the following:

  • Schedule a regular checkup with your baby’s pediatrician.
  • If you are a working mom and will soon return to the office, you can start transitioning your baby from breast to bottle by the sixth week.
  • Observing proper hygiene is one way of keeping your baby healthy.
  • Use plain water and gentle, tear-free soap when cleaning your baby’s body.
  • Six weeks is a tough time for parents, especially at night, as babies tend to fuss and cry during this period. To comfort your baby, you can put a device emitting white noise. It also helps with their sleep.
  • You can also ease your crying six-week-old baby by cuddling and conversing with them. Sometimes, all your baby needs is to hear your voice.
  • Observe the appropriate amount of milk to feed your babies. Although they must be fed as much as possible, I mentioned above that the ideal feed is 24 to 32 ounces per feeding session.
  • Before going to the doctor, always prepare your questions. It can be about your baby’s irregular sleeping pattern, a part of the body that seems unusual, or your baby’s feeding dynamics.

Dealing With Postpartum

Dealing With Postpartum

Putting a premium on your baby’s health is a MUST for every parent. It starts from your baby’s conception in the womb and lasts for as long as your child lives. On top of this is your health, too.

Postpartum care is as essential as taking every inch of precaution when your baby is still inside your tummy because it results in a better quality of life for you and your little one. 

There are five things I want to delve into and share with you, and these are in the following key areas:

  • Keeping your body healthy
  • Dealing with colic
  • Using a breast pump
  • Managing diaper rash
  • Planning out your baby’s clothes in this tropical country

Let’s get things rolling!

Keeping Your Body Healthy

In order to take good care of your little one, you need to prioritize your well-being, too. Here are some things you must do as the mom of a newborn:

  • Subscribe to a balanced diet
  • Eat on time and do not skip meals
  • Take your doctor-approved supplements and multivitamins
  • Do some light exercises
  • Have regular check-ups with your doctor
  • Talk with your partner or family. Share your burden.

Dealing with Colic

Colic is a common problem you will encounter in your newborn’s life. At some point, your baby’s crying episodes due to colic discomfort and pain may become unbearable.

Well, I have solutions for that, including:

  • The colic carry, which entails putting pressure on your baby’s tummy.
  • Skin-to-skin contact
  • Avoiding consuming chocolates and caffeine when you are breastfeeding your baby
  • Changing the formula if you are bottle feeding
  • Swaddling your baby

However, when your baby’s colic exists alongside other alarming symptoms, contact your baby’s pediatrician immediately.

Using a breast pump

Most first-time moms I have talked to ask how to use a breast pump.

I know how it feels to be clueless at some point, especially when some manufacturers’ instructions are unclear, and YouTube videos are not serving their purposes.

Here is a step-by-step process to efficiently use your breast pumps:

  • Choose the best breast pump for your needs (within your budget, quality design, easy to  use, etc.)
  • Find an excellent place or corner to express milk
  • You can massage your breasts or put a hot compress over the nipples to trigger the letdown of milk
  • Comfortably put your breast pump over your breast and start the pumping process

Managing diaper rash

Aside from colic, another problem that newborn moms encounter is diaper rashes. It is caused by the contact of wet or soiled diapers with your baby’s skin for a long time.

Other times, the tightness of the diaper also contributes to the rash because the fitting will cause constant rubbing, agitating your baby’s sensitive skin.

To prevent or soothe diaper rash, here are some things you can do:

  • Change your baby’s diaper often, and don’t let it get too wet.
  • Wash your baby’s bottom with warm water, gentle and tear-free soap, or dermatologist-approved wet wipes.
  • Apply the best diaper rash cream in between diaper changes.

Planning out your baby’s clothes in this tropical country

Living in the Philippines is a daily battle between dressing heavily to cover the entire body or dressing lightly to help the skin power through the sun’s scorching heat. 

Well, babies at six weeks must not stay long under the sun’s direct heat because they do not have enough melanin to protect their skin.

With that, if you are going out with your baby, make sure that you clothe them with long sleeves and long pants or pajamas made of soft cotton that will cover their skin. Onesies for your baby are also good clothing alternatives.

However, when you are just staying inside your home, you can let your baby wear shorts and tank tops to beat the heat caused by the ever-humid weather in the country.

Tips to Handle Your Newborn 

Handling newborns is not an easy task, even for moms and dads. It can wear down the strongest of parents and drain their physical and emotional strength.

I understand that it can be challenging, but here are some of my tips for those who are in charge of taking care of little ones to make life easier:

  • Handle newborns carefully, and always mind their soft spots to ensure their safety and protection.
  • Burping after feeding is essential. So, keep your baby in an upright position until he burps.
  • A six-week-old baby, or other newborns still below seven months old, should not be held solely under their arms as their heads and necks are yet to have the strength to stand on their own.
  • Feed your baby frequently, and don’t lose sight of hunger cues.
  • Bonding with your baby by doing skin-to-skin interactions or cuddling is a great way to ease and comfort you and your baby.
  • Ensure your baby’s clothes, swaddles, and other essentials are regularly cleaned, washed, and sanitized.

Conclusion

As your baby grows up, milestones become apparent. Yet, some of the best highlights of their lives are in the sixth week, including changes in sleeping patterns, feeding, and physical development.

I understand that you enjoy these milestones. However, before seeing and appreciating your baby’s feats, take utmost care to protect your baby’s well-being by tending to their needs, feeding them, and cleaning them. 

It also means going to the doctor for regular check-ups and ensuring that your baby has all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and other essentials growing up.

Aside from your baby, prenatal care extends to moms like you. You need to have a balanced diet and engage in physical exercises to keep your well-being intact as your baby develops.

Handling a newborn is not a walk in the park. Nevertheless, with this article, your doctor’s advice, and your family’s support, you can take care of your six-week-old baby until they grow up!

Sky Bustillo
Sky Bustillo

Hi, I’m Sky!
As a Filipina in her mid-20s, a sister to young ones, and a tita to my nieces and nephews, I somehow share the same sentiment as other parents. I have a growing aspiration of becoming a mom someday!
But there also comes a worry that you won’t be able to give the best to your children, especially with the food they eat, the products they use, and the new habits and hobbies we introduce to them.
Your kid’s safety and welfare are your top priority, that’s why I always make it to a point to learn from the stories and experiences of other moms.
It’s a delight to share what I learned and know to help the moms close to my heart, and this time, I’m writing to relay advice to you from the insights of other moms and my experience around kids, too.
I’d love to be a part of your journey, and I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful for you and your young one!