Your baby: Week 7

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Growth points

You'll know when your baby is in a growth spurt because she will go through a couple of 'frequency days’, when all she seems to do is feed, feed, feed, and sleep. This generally lasts a few days to a week and seems to coincide with times of faster growth.

Common times for growth spurts are during the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months (more or less). Growth spurts don't stop after the first year - most moms notice growth spurts every few months during the toddler years and on through the teenage years.

Take care of you...

What was I saying?

Find yourself losing your train of thought mid-sentence or dosing off during the most exciting part of Prison Break? You are probably sleep deprived. A shortage of quality, undisturbed sleep can result in detrimental effects on your physical and mental well-being. Manage the inevitable lack of a straight 8 hours - and be kind to yourself about things like housework. Try to sleep when your baby sleeps, don’t use the time to catch up on the washing. These power naps with your baby will give you the extra energy you need.

Create a support structure around you of people you trust to look after a newborn – a close member of the family or nanny, for example. You don’t have to leave the house while they’re watching the baby, but you can catch up on sleep.  If you are feeding in the middle of the night, don’t let it turn into a party with television, tea and chat. Just feed, burp, change and goodbye.

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Is it colic or something else?

Not sure if your baby has a tummy bug or colic? Here are some points to think about:

Sick babies typically have little appetite, and have little or no sucking reflex. A colicky baby will still have a strong need to suck and will be hungry and eat normally.

Snuggling and comforting a colicky baby may soothe her crying and make her feel better, but a sick baby does not usually respond well to cuddling.

Vomiting is not associated with colic. Although it is normal for babies to spit up occasionally, your baby may well be sick if he is vomiting. Sick babies may also be losing weight, while colicky babies typically continue to gain.

A sick baby may have diarrhea or bloody stools, while a colicky baby should have normal stools.   

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