Week 5

By week 5, mums say that the fog is clearing and they are starting to tune in to their little ones.

Have an idea of where you can go this week, maybe the ‘well baby’ clinic and meet up with other new mums.

The perfect parent hasn’t been born yet. All we can do is our best. Some days our best is easier than on other days. Be kind to yourself – none of us gets it right all the time.

If your baby is having a growth spurt day and getting out the house seems impossible, don’t worry this too will pass. There’s always tomorrow and another group/get-together you can go to.

Massage for babies really can make a difference to baby’s sleep and reduce any colicky episodes.

LINK:  NHS info on colic

Receiving a massage, even a gentle shoulder rub, can help to calm us, too!

Check out this link to find out more about your baby’s six-to-eight week developmental check with your GP:

LINK:  Information about infant tests

If your baby will not calm or settle even though you have tried everything, it may be worth a trip to your GP. Trust your instincts if you feel there is something not quite right.

As a new parent it can be hard finding time to eat. Try having energy-rich snacks such as bananas, oatcakes, beans-on-toast or a handful of nuts. These will give you a good portion of easy-to-digest protein..

Dads and partners may have to adjust to coming in from work and cooking the dinner for a while. It’s not unusual for babies to be more needy in the early evening. Why not get dad to prepare you both a sandwich, the night before and leave in the fridge. In a quiet moment you could plan some easy meals ahead of time.

‘Part of me has gone missing’. This is a familiar feeling in early parenthood.

It can feel like the baby’s needs are all-consuming and that there is no time for you. This is the baby’s time and in this period we are challenged as parents and often discover that we have untapped resources and coping skills we never knew we had. When the ‘missing’ part re-emerges we are often stronger, more flexible, more tolerant and have improved life skills with a new perspective on the world in which we reassess our priorities.

Parenting support can be accessed from your health visitor, GP, counselling services, specialist perinatal services and specialist groups for mums.

Some mums worry about their shape and maybe the extra weight they may have gained. Remember, it took nearly 10 months to create and deliver your little bundle. You will shift the weight but nature is such that it can take some time.

Eating sensibly will help your body to realise that food is plentiful and is providing you with good nutrition. Breastfeeding helps you lose weight because it burns approximately 500 calories a day.

We only need to be ‘good enough parents’ for our babies to thrive.