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
- 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.
- 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.
Age Appropriate Toys:
- 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.
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- 8.6 hours ago
Armywife- I usually convince one of my parents or my mother in law to go with me too :) but still I know I have to learn how to run errands by myself with both kids. armywife63
- 11.6 hours ago
Peanut - my goodness, you've had a rough time. Glad your baby recovered, but I'm sorry to hear about your feeding issues. I don't have any tips to share, but know that I'll be thinking about you!
Miam - good for you for taking both kids out! I'm still a bit too scared to try it, but I'll have to suck it up and get out and about one of these days. Thankfully for me my parents are retired and I can always talk one of them into tagging along with me while I run errands. miam87
- 18.6 hours ago
Thank you ladies for your wishes, my 3 year old is worse today so I'll be taking her to the Dr tomorrow and hopefully they'll give her something for the cough :(miam87
- 18.7 hours ago
Peanut- that sounds so scary! I'm glad everything turned out fine and that your baby is now doing great :). I have been drinking a tea called Mother's milk and I don't know if it's working but I have a lot of milk, enough to feed baby and still pump to store. I also eat a lot of oatmeal and drink tons of water. miam87
- 18.7 hours ago
It's definitely hard to adjust when you have other kids :( my 3 year old seems fine but I try to give her as much attention as I can. I went to the store by myself with both girls and Valeria was great but it was so hard handling 2 kids at the same time, from getting diaper bag to carrying the car seat and chasing the 3 year old... I'm sure it will get easier but I'll have to keep store trips to a minimum hahaha.
- 21.3 hours ago
Peanut, I was told that drinking beer helps produce more milk. Army, glad you started the tree. We are getting ours next weekend. Miam, hope you and the kids get feeling better. My five year old step son has a lot of jealousy too, we just try to have him help out with a few little things. peanut1127
- 23.2 hours ago
Hello everyone. I had my little angel, Madeline on 11/26 after having an emergency c-section. She passed meconium while in the womb, she went into fetal distress and was losing oxygen. She came out not breathing and doctors thought she was dead, she was in a special nursery, had ivs and was also in the NICU (due to rapid breathing, not keeping food down, possible pneumonia) before she came to my room the final night of being in the hospital. Since then, she is a very healthy and happy baby although she is having poop issues. She only poops once a day and cries so much because it must hurt her. I feel bad that I can't take away her pain. Also, I've been quite frustrated. Maybe from all the issues she went through, she is not latching nor breast feeding, which only upsets me more on top of what she went through. I try to pump but it's not a lot. I will pump for 30 minutes and get barely 1/2 an ounce for each breast. I have a tommee tippee double breast pump but i don't think that's the reason that I'm not getting a lot of milk when I pump. Does anyone have any suggestions?armywife63
- Sunday, 8 Dec
Miam - oh, no. I hope Valeria doesn't have a cold and you too! That would be really rough on you. Hope you and the kids feel better :) My husband finally managed to put up our Christmas tree...it's not decorated yet, but at least it's up and lit. I took my son to a model train show today. I'm trying my best to give him some extra attention since Madison's arrival. It's a big adjustment for the whole family. As my husband says, we've had to move from a zone defense to a man-on-man defense with the kids. I never thought the transition from one kid to two kids would be such a shock to my system! miam87
- Saturday, 7 Dec
My 3 year old has been having a cough for the past 2 weeks but only on the morning when she just wakes up, but today she got a fever and my baby Valeria has her nose super congested :( and to make things worse I have a sore throat!!! I really hope Valeria doesn't get sick. I would go crazy being sick and not sleeping because I would be afraid she would not be able to breathe since you can give anything to a 3 week old baby. Sorry for the ranting. .. I hope everyone is having a better weekend than me :)miam87
- Saturday, 7 Dec
Valeria also has those days when she wants to be held all day and it gets hard having a 3 year old that requires a lot of my attention as well, she hasn't really said anything about all the attention Valeria gets but I see the look she gives me when I hold the baby :( I try to give her as much attention. armywife63
- Saturday, 7 Dec
Happy Saturday, ladies. My goal for the day is to put up the Christmas decorations. Hopefully Madison cooperates. She was very needy yesterday and just wanted to be held all day...I'm getting pretty good at cooking and cleaning up with just one hand!samvowles
- Friday, 6 Dec
Oh that sounds fun for your six year old army. We are buying our tree next week. We finally went and did a little shopping for the boys yesterday, we cant afford much but we hit some pretty good deals. Welcome miam, glad your little one is doing well. William hit four weeks yesterday, I cannot believe its already been that long. Hope all moms and babies are good.armywife63
- Thursday, 5 Dec
Hi Miam - sorry to hear about the spitting up. Madison has spit up a couple of times and I always feels so badly for her when she does. Hope your little girl outgrows the reflux soon! Just 20 days now to Christmas!! Oh, my!miam87
- Wednesday, 4 Dec
Hi ladies! Christmas is also creeping up on me and I have not done any shopping yet :( hopefully I can do something soon since we only have a few days. My daughter is doing great she is such a good baby and doesn't cry much, she just sleeps, poops and eats :) about 2 days ago she started spitting up and I think she has a bit of acid reflux because she is vomiting every time after she eats :( I hope it doesn't get worsearmywife63
- Wednesday, 4 Dec
Yes, it was definitely nice getting out of the house. When Madison is a little older, I'm looking forward to really getting out and about around town. My husband got our Christmas decorations down from the attic and the bins are stacked in our dining room...we're just too tired to decorate this week. Hopefully we'll get some stuff put up this weekend. Our six year old has been anxious to decorate. Oh, and he lost his first tooth today! The tooth fairy will be visiting our house for the first time tonight!!samvowles
- Wednesday, 4 Dec
Oh army that doesn't sound good. Did you enjoy getting out of the house though? Good luck with Christmas shopping, I haven't done any either. But, we dont even have a tree which depresses me a little. Oh well thats life.armywife63
- Tuesday, 3 Dec
I went grocery shopping today for the first time since my C-section. Now my bleeding has ramped back up...I think maybe all the bending and lifting was too much for my body. I was going to attempt some Christmas shopping this week, but maybe I'll wait until next week instead. I feel like Christmas is creeping up on me too quickly!samvowles
- Monday, 2 Dec
Oh army that sounds horrible, the poor girl. William pooped on me when I was changing him last night. Looks like we both have stinkers. armywife63
- Monday, 2 Dec
Hope you get some sleep tonight, Samvowles. Madison had a diaper blowout last night at 2:30am. My son never had a blowout, so I was quite unprepared for the horrible mess that I had to deal with. I managed to get her cleaned-up, though, and didn't even need to wake up my husband. I was kinda proud of myself actually. Lol. I'm not usually very good with poop! samvowles
- Sunday, 1 Dec
William has been fussy all day. He didn't sleep well last night and hasn't really slept today. I think its a tummy ache. Hopefully he will start feeling better and sleep some tonight my two hours last night just wasnt enough. Army, I am glad Madison slept for you, I hope this is the start of a sleeping schedule for her.armywife63
- Sunday, 1 Dec
Today I finally feel like my old self again. Madison slept for 5 1/2 hours straight last night, which was lovely! Glad to hear that William is a happy boy, Samvowles! samvowles
- Saturday, 30 Nov
That doesn't sound too fun army, I hope your hormones get better as well, but remember postpartum depression is very common. Glad you and Madison are doing well other than that. I won't let anyome take William over night, I am a first time mom and don't trust anyone lol. But, we are doing great. He is actually a very content baby, not very fussy at all.armywife63
- Saturday, 30 Nov
Hi Samvowles...Madison is doing good. A bit gassy and fussy at times. My parents kept her last night so my husband and I could get a good night's sleep. I've been feeling a little bit sad this past week. Hopefully my hormones straighten out soon. How are you and the baby doing?samvowles
- Friday, 29 Nov
Army, I have decided to switch over. How is your little one?armywife63
- Friday, 29 Nov
Did any of the ladies from my week switch over to these monthly pages? Seems very quiet.