First things first, congratulations on your baby or babies 😛
The miracle you have been waiting for years is finally in your arms. We know that it is more than hard to put in words what you are going through. So, make use of our little guide to get through the initial sore, sleepy, and burpy days. You got this.
1. Let your body sink in
Almost every first-time mom-to-be obsess and fear childbirth. Whether the birth is vaginal or cesarean, you can expect a lot of cramps as your uterus comes to its normal (pre-pregnancy) size. Give yourself some time to absorb and prepare for the days ahead.
2. Be Gentle
The newborns’ skin is as delicate as a flower. Make sure you clean your hands enough, clean their bottom with a warm cloth, pet dry to escape dryness or diaper rashes.
3. What is that in a nappy?
Babies’ poo changes a lot in their first few days. It slowly changes from black to mustard yellow in 3-5 days. Frequent poos are quite normal and healthy in the first week. So, do not panic if your newborn demands four wet nappies on a certain day.
4. Sleeps like a baby
They are called babies for a reason. Newborns sleep for 16 to 18 hours a day and it may stretch a little after two weeks. You need to wake your baby during the day to feed and make sure to have 3 hours of difference between feedings.
5. It is not just a bath
We know, we know! Bathing newborns can freak you out at first but it can be really soothing once you figured your way around it. If you have never bathed a baby before, consult your parents, elders, or check the guides and illustrations available online. On that note, bathing in the evening keeps your baby calm and settle well.
6. The Number Game is Real
Babies’ weight fluctuates a bit in the first few weeks and it is completely normal. In general, babies lose weight in the initial days and start regaining. They will be at their birth weight within about two to three weeks. Therefore, there is do not need to worry if the reports show reduced weight.
7. Care for the cord
The baby’s umbilical cord most likely dries and falls off by itself in 12-20 days. Make sure you keep it clean and dry. If you see any redness, foul smell, or stickiness, consult your pediatrician.
8. Newborn Tests are plenty
Newborns need to go through a couple of tests to determine their health and development. One such common test is the Apgar test. The Apgar score is performed on a baby at 1 and 5 minutes after birth. It helps in identifying color, respiratory effort, muscle tone, pulse rate, and heartbeat. Along with their height and weight, doctors also give a full examination of the tummy, hips, bottom, etc.
9. Keep the burp cloth handy
Breastfed babies might not burp a lot but it is good to keep the burp cloth nearby. Babies should burp after the feed to prevent fussiness and gas.
10. Is this normal?
Even many experienced parents also get to “is this okay?” situation with their newborns. Whether something needs medical attention or will settle on its own completely depends on the situation. But, if you see something like blue lips, frequent bowel movements, umbilical cord smell, fever, or vomiting, you must check with the doctor immediately.
The first week for new parents demands a lot of patience and adjustment. Get as much rest as possible. Remember that you do not need to entertain any guests during these days. There is nothing like the first days with your baby. So, enjoy every moment with your little one.