Your baby is now six weeks old!
This is a big week for baby! He or she will have her six week
Well Child Check. This is usually done by your GP. Your GP will
check your baby's height, weight, reflexes, sight and
Your GP will also ask about your recovery, and answer any questions
you might have.
At six weeks, your baby's first course of immunisations is due.
Immunisation is a personal choice, and there are arguments for and
against. If you decide to have your baby immunised, he or she
will receive two injections, usually given one in each leg. For
more information see our immunisation
schedule, and for more information on immunisation in New
Zealand see here.
Many babies have a growth spurt around six weeks. You may feel
like you are constantly feeding your baby, but rest assured that he
or she is getting enough. If you are breastfeeding, your milk
supply will adjust to the increased demand. If you are bottle
feeding, it may help to increase the amount of feeds by around
20ml, or increase the frequency of feeds.
YOUR BABY'S DEVELOPMENT - COGNITIVE
Your baby's sensory abilities are changing constantly from the
time they are born. Baby learns about the world through touch,
sight, smell and hearing.
Between the ages of one and four months, your baby is becoming more
aware of his or her own body and movements, and beginning to gain
control of these movements.
You will notice that your baby's movements become smoother - the
jerky, reflex movements of a newborn are gradually replaced by more
Your baby learns by repetition, so it helps to read him or her the
same story, or sing the same song, or rattle the same toy, so that
he or she can very gradually become familiar with them.
It's also never too early to start regularly reading to your baby!
Babies love watching the colours on the pages, watching your lips
move and hearing your voice. Perhaps you could make a bedtime story
part of your evening routine?