At 3-6 weeks old...



Babies are very clever and you will notice that your baby is already changing and starting to do new things. Between 3-6 weeks you baby will probably start to do the following but not all the time as they quickly get tired: 

  • More awake and aware
  • like to look at bold black and white images
  • interested in faces
  • start to follow moving objects with their eyes
  • startle to loud noises or turn to voices.
  • Babies like to be held and cuddled, talked and sung to and will start to smile by about 6 weeks of age and may have started and enjoy exploring their fingers and toes and making soft baby noises




The first few weeks of having a baby can be very exciting at the same time as being very frightening, the NHS Choices Your pregnancy and baby guide  contains the following sections that you might find useful



  • Getting to know your new baby
  • Washing and bathing your new baby
  • How to change your baby's nappy
  • Soothing a crying baby
  • Helping your baby sleep 
  • How to tell if your baby is seriously ill 
  • Reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)



Some people experience a range of emotions over these first few weeks from excitement, pride, wonder, anticipation to feeling overwhelmed, exhaustion and feeling that you can’t cope. It is very normal to have a range of emotions but if you are worried about you, your partner or your baby please ask for support from family, friends or a health professional.   Many parents experience Postnatal depression after having a baby, this is a common problem affecting 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners. It's important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family. Please see the following link for more information on Postnatal depression 

NHS Choices



Below are some links to  other sites you may find helpful:


NHS Immunisations                                                        

Department of Heath ‘Off to the best start’                     

Department of Heath ‘Guide to bottle feeding’               

Anxiety and/or depression                                             

Lullaby trust (safe sleeping)                                             

Healthy Start (vouchers for milk, fruit and veg for low income families)                           


For more information please contact your local team on one of the numbers below:

North team (Clifton) 01904 552322

West team (Acomb) 01904 555475

East team (Tang Hall) 01904 551760




Useful documents

pdfTummy-Time (0.20 MB)