With every passing week, the baby will be much more alert and awake. This is the best time to bond with her, so take advantage of the moments that your baby is awake and taking in her surroundings.
Your baby’s development
While your baby continues to be startled by sudden loud noises, you may find her sleeping through most of them. These could be anything from your phone ringing or the subjiwaala hollering at you from a few floors down. Remember that this reflex is important for development; before you know it, your baby will be sleeping right through the fireworks at Diwali!
You may also notice that your baby might be attempting to lift her head up ever so slightly when she is laying on her tummy. Some babies can even lift their heads up to a 45° angle. The baby’s crying noises may give way to much more definitive coos, so brace yourself for the beginnings of baby talk! You may even be lucky enough to catch your baby smile, which is often only an indication of gas – but does it really matter why she’s smiling?!
For some babies, week 3 also signals the beginning of the much-dreaded Colic. This word makes most parents shudder while they keep their fingers crossed, praying they will be spared! Perhaps what is most challenging about this time is how much crying is considered normal, especially for first-time parents.
Colic mostly involves your baby crying for hours at a stretch during the day or night. However, colic lasts only up to month 4; so just remember that colic is temporary and extremely common among infants. It can be frustrating for the parent when your baby is inconsolable even by you, but don’t get discouraged and take breaks often by handing off the baby to daddy or a family member for a few moments while you catch your breath. If help isn’t available, even placing baby in his crib for a few minutes while you collect yourself will help you in the long run.
You as a Mom
If colic has you the end of your tether, realize that it is most common and that you are not alone. Colic is often harder on the mom as you are probably experiencing emotions you have never experienced before yourself as a result of your dwindling pregnancy hormones. It can do quite a number on your emotional state; so if you find yourself crying for no reason at all, you are in good company as 90% of women experience significant postpartum emotional swings.
If your baby has colic, dad’s role becomes particularly significant in giving mom a break whenever possible. With the emotional upheaval that mom is experiencing as her hormones get back to normal, the added stress of a baby wailing incessantly for hours at a time can drive even the calmest woman up the wall.
With babies needing cuddling, dad’s bonding time with the baby has never been more important. He may even be able to recognize her cries, distinguishing a dirty-diaper cry from a hungry cry! Newborns thrive on attention, so comforting her through a crying bout may help alleviate any discomfort she is feeling from a stubborn bowel movement or gas.