8 Week Old Baby Development

It’s one big party this week. Baby’s talking up a storm. And mama and papa might be ready to get it on again.

  • 8 Week Old Baby Milestones 👶

    This week, you may notice your little one making more and more noise! These noises may be in the form of cooing, grunting, and humming—they’re all part of her language development. Be sure to “talk back,” as studies show that this back-and-forth dialogue can actually help your baby’s language development.

    Physically, you may still see a few patches of cradle cap on your baby’s head. Here are some ways to help it go away, naturally. You may also notice your little one using her forearms to help steady herself and raise her head up off the floor. This is huge for baby’s motor development! These little movements are strengthening the muscles she’ll need to crawl in the upcoming months.

    Checking in on baby

    If you haven’t already, be sure you check in with your child’s pediatrician for his two month appointment. These well checks are so important for both baby and parents, as it helps keep tabs on baby’s health and gives you an opportunity to talk with your pediatrician about all of your questions and/or concerns.

    8 week old baby Sebastian Mama Natural Baby Tracker

    Reader photo of 8 week old baby Sebastian.

  • You at 8 Weeks Postpartum 👩

    Have you had sexy time yet?

    At this stage, your baby can accept a bottle without nipple confusion—yay! (If you haven’t tried bottle feeding yet, here are the best bottles for breastfed babies.) If you can find a babysitter, now would be a great time to get out for a romantic date night with your partner.

    At eight weeks postpartum, many women have been given the ‘okay’ to resume sexual activity as well (yay again!). Some women may feel excited and happy to have sex; others won’t have a sexy bone in their body. The truth is, some people take a little longer to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally from childbirth—that’s perfectly ok. It’s a lot to recover from.

    I found with the near constant breastfeeding, I needed to have “alone time” with my body—sex just felt like giving away too much. Plus, with all of the hormonal changes, some women don’t have strong libidos until later in the postpartum period.

    Do know that, in most cases, this stage will pass. By three to four months postpartum, once baby is in a good groove and sleeping more at night, most moms will feel ready for (and excited about) regular sex again. The most important thing is to have open communication with your partner and to take it slow if you need to.

    If you find yourself in the mood and want to have a little laugh (and learn some stuff too!), check out our video on how crunchy couples get it on.

  • Genevieve’s Week 8 Postpartum Update 🌞

  • 8 Week Old Baby Reader Story 💡
    3… 2… 1… GO Time!

    Baby Week to Week 8 Mama Natural 3… 2… 1… GO Time!

    I’m going to stay right here—right between mommy and daddy—forever.

    About 2 1/2 months after baby was born, and after getting the green light from my midwife, my husband and I finally decided it was time to try and go for It.

    It was an experience, to say the least: It was sweet, frustrating, and all kinds of awkward!

    My husband was anxious to get baby to sleep after dinner so that we could get to the main event. Call it baby’s intuition if you will, but it seemed like our daughter knew something was up—it took her forever to go down! Strike no. 1!

    When we finally got her down, it was time! We got out the bottle of lubricant (thank you, breastfeeding). This was new to us, and it got everywhere. Strike no. 2!

    I got a small tear during delivery, so I was also very nervous and kept warning my husband to go slowly. It took forever to find a position that accommodated both my healing and my engorged boobs. After that it was stop and go, because I was so worried about the baby waking up. Strike no. 3!

    Though it may seem like we struck out, what could have been a less-than-ideal experience was actually very eye-opening for us. We are both very silly, and my husband is such a sweet and patient man. We had a blast rolling with the punches, getting back into the swing of things, and finding our new normal.

  • Hot Topics for Week 8 🔥

  • Try This With Your 8 Week Old Baby

    • Try smiling and sticking your tongue out often—it helps fire up the mirror neurons in the brain as baby tries to mimic you!
    • Consider natural contraception methods

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