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0 months old Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Caring for an infant can be scary and overwhelming at times, but you and your baby will get to know each other in no time. Becoming a parent is a big change and can take some time to adjust to. Make sure that you accept help from friends and family in the early weeks.

Newborn babies move between six states throughout the day. Your baby could be in deep sleep, light sleep, a drowsy state, awake alert, fussy alert, or crying stage. It is important to recognize these stages so that you can adapt to your babies needs and develop a better understanding of what soothes him the best.

Babies like to look at human faces the most. They can not see very far and can not distinguish colors very well. Besides the human face, babies like brightly colored patterns, mirrors and objects that are red, black or white. Babies will stare at things but can not grab ahold of anything quite yet. It is comforting for your baby when you hold her close, rock her and speak gently to her. It is important to handle your baby carefully and always support their underdeveloped neck.

You may be tempted to put your baby to bed with you, but this is dangerous. Babies should sleep on their backs in their own crib. Young babies can begin to develop some type of a schedule. All stuffed animals, bedding and pillows should be removed to reduce the risk of suffocation. You can put your baby on her belly for tummy time several times a day. This will help to develop muscle strength.

When traveling, always use a properly installed infant restraint seat. To ensure the safety of your baby, have their carseat checked by a licensed car seat installer. Because car accidents reduce the quality of a car seat, never buy used car seats and replace yours if it is in an accident.

Babies cry for lots of reasons. When a baby is crying, that his means of communication. He is experiencing a need that is not being met. Babies cry because they are hungry, wet, tired, hot/cold, experiencing pain, overstimulated, and many other reasons. Soon you will be able to decode your babies cries. Sometimes babies can not be comforted and it seems that the crying will never end. When you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, put her in her crub and close the door. Come back in a few minutes to check on her. Whatever you do, don't take any frustration out on your baby.

Your newborn will be ready to eat every two to three hours on average. Formula fed babies may go longer in between feedings. Remember to burp your baby after each feeding to reduce gas and fussiness. Breast feeding can be trying for the first few weeks. It takes patience, support and dedication, but you can do it. If you are encountering problems, ask for help. Call your doctor, the baby's doctor or a lactation consultant.

Developmental Milestones Newborn


Physical
  • It may look as if your newborn baby is scrunched up with his arms and legs not fully extended. Your baby is used to being inside the womb, and this is normal. If he appears bowlegged, don't worry. It's part of the stretching-out process and will most likely fase away by the time he's five or six months old.
  • Your baby may lift his head briefly when he's lying on his stomach by the end of this month. Give your baby plenty of tummy time to help him develop his muscles. He may also be able to turn it from side to side. Jerky movements give way to more smooth ones as his nervous system and muscle control mature. Your baby's primitive reflexes, such as sucking and chewing on his hands, remain dominant.
  • Baby's vision is still fuzzy and he can not see very far. Your baby likes to look at your face. Keep it close by and talk to him when you are holding him.

Intellectual
  • Right now food is the most important thing in your newborn's life. Sleep comes in at a close second. Most newborn babies will feed every two to three hours around the clock. Sleeping patterns are equally intermittent. Most newborns sleep for a total of 16 to 17 hours in a 24-hour period, but that's usually broken up into eight to ten naps. By the end of the month your baby may have developed something of a feeding and sleeping pattern, but you may not notice any real pattern for months. It is hard to put a newborn on a strict schedule. Sleeping helps your baby regain energy and it also helps brain development.
  • Right now your baby doesn't have much of a personality. Crying is the only way that your baby knows how to express himself. He spends his time moving in and out of several different states of sleepiness, quiet alertness, and active alertness.
  • Your face is the most interesting thing to your baby right now. He also likes high-contast objects. Show him black and white toys at playtime.
  • Learning begins immediately, so take all opportunities to teach him about the world around him. Use his quiet and alert times to play and talk with your baby.
  • Your baby can recognize faces and may try to imitate gestures. Give your baby the chance to imitate you. Stick your tongue out and give him a chance to repeat it. Then, do it again. Even if he does not do it, he is watching you!
  • Mobiles with high contrast patterns and picture books with strong line drawings will capture your baby's attention. When your baby starts fussing, its time to stop and move on to something else.
  • Babies like their own reflection. Place unbreakable mirrors at cribside or on the floor for them to focus on.

Emotional
  • This month your baby becomes quiet and calm when you speak to him gently and hold him upright. He may even make an 'ah' sound when he hears your voice and sees your face. Most babies love to be held, caressed, kissed, stroked, massaged, and carried. Touch is an important means of communicating with your baby.
  • Your baby can show you their feelings. She may yawn, arch her back, turn her face, fuss or cry if she is overstimulated. She will coo if she is enjoying something. Pay close attention to what your baby is `telling` you.

Age Appropriate Toys:
  • Rattles
  • Play gyms
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Mobiles
  • Soft toys
  • Musical toys
  • Toys with lights
  • Swings
  • Bouncy seats


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G7 - Monday, 3 Feb
So glad to hear that your little guy is doing so great. I hear ya about having a sleeping babe. The last few days mine has been sleeping and awake at really great times allowing me to sleep well and boy what a difference. Feeds are going a bit better too - still uncomfortable but getting better which I think is helping the sleep. so thankful we don't have a fussy one!

rayansmama - Saturday, 1 Feb
My little guy is doing great...praise god!!!! I don't want to jinx it lol.. He sleeps a lot. I give him an olive oil massage and a bath and he knocks out for five hours. He is even too sleepy for milk!!! Gave him his first bath today after a massage and he is still sleeping. He is such a good baby..hope he stays that way. My first one never slept... I was always awake and sleep deprived. Maybe second child seems easier because u already went through it the first time. I stopped trying to make him latch...occasionally I will offer to make him latch but I just pump and feed him with a bottle. I got the breast flow bottles that are similar to ur nipples and he drinks tht fast when he is hungry. He poops a lot!!! But other than that..he is an amazing little baby and I am enjoying him so much...

G7 - Saturday, 1 Feb
Thanks ryans- he was back to normal the next day. Penis looks great. How is your little one doing?

rayansmama - Friday, 31 Jan
Sorry to hear abt r little guy feeling bad g7... I cried as well...I kept thinking his little thing was infected cuz it got yellow pus looking thing after few days but that's normal healing so don't worry if ur sons gets like that...but after a week it will be completely healed!

rayansmama - Friday, 31 Jan
I'm only pumping like crazy cuz I feel bad abt my older son...I was only able to feed him for 6-7 months. Right now I have help and my sister is here...I know next month I'm going to have to do everything around the house alone and won't get to pump as often. I don't get my baby to latch either because I'm lacking privacy and it takes too long. Formula makes my little guy fussy so I'm left with no choice. I really want to feed him for about 6-8 months.

G7 - Friday, 31 Jan
I cried at the dr office several times, I just couldn't help it. Litteguy was so upset. the rest of the day I just held and nursed him. I gave Tylenol twice , he seems back to normal today. 'm trying to feed more on demand (every little fuss) since he hasn't quite reached birth weight yet. I just read an article called 'why African babies don't cry' which basically said because they are carried all the time and nursed for feeding and comfort. so today I put DS in the ergobaby carrier and did chores including hauling firewood. I don't know if I could do this always but it was actually pretty nice and gave me a little change of pace.

G7 - Friday, 31 Jan
ryans you are a pumpin' maniac ;-) that is awesome. I need to be more diligent about pumping it is so hard to choose to do it when I have other chores or naps I want to do. you are inspiring me.

rayansmama - Friday, 31 Jan
I'm pumping about 3.5 oz to 4 oz every 3 hours...he drinks about 2.5oz..that's why I am able to save...but I pump a lot!!! Feels like I'm pumping all day. I ordered the hands free bra so I can do other stuff while pumping..

rayansmama - Friday, 31 Jan
Good luck g7... My son was circumcised before he left the hospital...he was in pain and didn't eat too well the next two days and slept a lot! But he was good after 3 days...it completely healed in a week. You just have to keep it clean. Lots of Vaseline and gauze pads...and frequent diaper changes....

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Thursday, 30 Jan
G7- yes, sooo sorry he is going to be in pain my 11year old got his last year and even as big and old as he was he still acted like if he was a newborn but its only for a while but his penis looks nice and when he pees its a nice clean stream :-) good luck

G7 - Thursday, 30 Jan
2 week check up today and circumcision. I'm nervous about the next few days. . .will he be in pain and grumpy? I don't want to hear him cry :0(

G7 - Thursday, 30 Jan
wow ryans - that is a lot! I get about 2-2.5 oz a pump but I'm not diligent enough to pump after every feeding. nice work!

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Thursday, 30 Jan
G7-my little doesnt last on long either on her tummy but wedo what amy does put her on our chest and she tolerates well, when i put things in front of her she only sees them for a bit too, ryanmama- good to hear from you glad that your able to pumping all that milk. Bug you guys later

MamaLuvnJah - Thursday, 30 Jan
Congrats!!Hi Ladies, I used IAP for all 3 of my pregnancies some of you remember me. I am TTC baby #4. We started a fun moms group on facebook. We have a lot of IAP moms and moms that I've known for years. Our facebook group name: Cause mommy says so. Please join our great group of friends. I'd love to add some new moms to the group.

AmyLynn82 - Thursday, 30 Jan
That's awesome Rayansmama! Good for you! I wish I could do both. I don't have enough to bf both babies so I can't pump any extra to freeze

AmyLynn82 - Thursday, 30 Jan
G7- mine don't last on tummies either. We put them on their tummy on our chest. Their necks seem strong.

rayansmama - Thursday, 30 Jan
G7... I'm doing both..but mostly pumping and feeding. I just don't have the time to sit for 30 min to an hour feeding him. My older son is still too young and needs attention too. I pump and feed cuz I know how much he is drinking and I get to freeze. So far I have been able to freeze 10 oz/ day...I'm so excited cuz I never had a freezer stash with my first one.

G7 - Wednesday, 29 Jan
Are you guys doing tummy time? Any wisdom/suggestions? Mine only lasts a few minutes. He doesn't seem to be interested in the things I put in front of him to focus on. ??

G7 - Wednesday, 29 Jan
sometimes he falls asleep while feeding. Sometimes he's awake a while after. I also sometimes do one breast and then do a change and then the other breast. I'm learning that he sometimes just wants to be changed. I have no idea what I'm doing I just keep trying things. I think eating and sleeping will be different depending on his growth spurts.

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Wednesday, 29 Jan
Hi amy- yeah everybody is busy with their little ones, specially the ones that have twins i have no idea how they do it God bless them. And i hope everything is great for you. G7- i read some stuff on your drunk feeling and some other ladies feel the same they say it could be dehydration. But i would call my doctor just to make sure. Oh and you have to be eating right, but i think you said that you were. But i have a question do you alls babies just eat and after a while go to sleep, i was thinking mine sleeps to much i guess i should keep a record, my last kid was 11 years ago and i cant remember his sleeping habits.k bug you guys later

G7 - Wednesday, 29 Jan
Ryans- I thought about what you said re: bf, pumping and time. I hve been doing a bit more pump and feed to save time and my nipples. Zander started refusing the breast shield a few days ago so I am really sore again. looking forward to the day we can just whip it out, get latched, no pain, no drama. I'm holding onto the great wisdom given to me: 'do what works for you' Our babes are loved and well cared for we can let go of the 'supposed to's' ;0) I hope all is going well for you!

G7 - Wednesday, 29 Jan
I wonder if it is hormones released while BF? The other night I just stared at DH smiling and crossed eye but couldn't really come up with any words to tell him I felt drunk lol!

AmyLynn82 - Wednesday, 29 Jan
I get that too G7. It's weird. Must be low in something. Sonia- I check here daily but it seems everyone is busy for sure

soniacgarza@sbcglobal.net - Wednesday, 29 Jan
Sorry G7, cant help out on the breastfeedibg part, but soo happy that your able to share that great moment with your little one. Men yeah they sure do want the real thing lol. Maybe you should check your blood sugar after and before you breastfeed or maybe your low in iron or maybe your dehydrated. I will read up on it and let you know what i learn. K bug you later keep warm

G7 - Tuesday, 28 Jan
I usually check while he is feeding at midnight. We've weened me from the nipple guard he wants the real thing (just like a guy -ha)this has set us back a few days on the ouwee scale but not too bad his latch isn't great but he is definitely getting a lot of milk so that's what is important. Does anyone feel loopy when they are bf? Sometimes I feel own right drunk.

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