At this stage, your baby is likely to be feeding every three hours and will still be waking in this pattern through the night. You may wish to introduce a ‘dream feed’ at 11pm or your baby can be left to wake up according to its own rhythm during the night.
Whatever your preference, your Maternity Nurse will be on hand to feed and settle baby after each feed – usually eight times a day at this stage – allowing you to rest as much as possible and avoid the exhaustion that can often set in at this stage if professional help were not on hand.
Your baby may start to smile at this stage, and should be happy to spend time alone on a playmat. The introduction of tummy time (laying baby on their tummy) will encourage the strengthening of neck and back muscles. Some babies will be tracking with their eyes, smiling at parents and interested in brightly coloured objects.