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With your five-week-old baby comes a lot more smiles. These smiles are now intentional and are the result of social learning and external cues. Your baby is learning a lot right now through observation. By week 5, most babies are able to lift their heads. Also, they are able to see objects about a foot away and are able to focus consistently on those objects.

Your Baby at 5 Weeks: An Overview

Welcome to week five. With your baby now five weeks old, you are practically a seasoned professional at this point!
Have you noticed that with all of the time your baby has spent on their tummy, those neck muscles have really come a long way? Once that occurs, you will start to see the emergence of another developmental milestone -- more smiles!

Playing With Your 5-Week-Old Baby

By the end of their first month, babies can typically lift their heads, although they still tend to bobble when unassisted. Keep this in mind when choosing activities for you and your baby. Encourage "tummy time," as it is definitely recommended to help strengthen those neck muscles.
By now, your baby's vision is just slightly better than it was on the day he or she was born. While your baby can still only see objects roughly about a foot away from their face, their ability to focus consistently on those objects is stronger. Holding different-colored and different-shaped objects to focus on and track as you move them around is a fun and easy way to entertain a five-week-old baby.
Focusing eye-to-eye with your baby is also a fun activity because he or she gets to look at their favorite thing -- you! These are called sense-stimulating activities, and games like this are best to play with the baby lying down on their back, in an infant seat, or in a position that keeps their head supported. This way, you can both focus on one thing at a time (your baby does not have to concentrate on holding up a bobbling head as well).
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