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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- Tuesday, 9 Apr
Thanks abi. I could have her in with me, but I'd rather have her at home as I have a cannula in my hand and find it painful to lift her or anything. I'm glad you say that all your children are very close now, the guilt I feel/felt about darcey put me off wanting anymore children, although even if I wanted another Nicks made it clear he only wants 2. With regards to Emily only wanting to be with you, Millie was getting abit like that, so think it may do her good to be with her daddy for a few days! She is changing so much... Her very dark hair she had when she was born has lightened loads and her face is changing daily! abi-uk
- Tuesday, 9 Apr
Laianasmommy and BabyHipKiss i know it's scary how fast the time is now flying :( Emily will be 6 weeks this friday!! Had to take my 3 year old for her pre school jabs today. Poor little lamb and the nurse said to me (looking at Emily) she's only days old! She was shocked when i said how old she is.x BabyHipKiss so sorry you have to stay in another night :( could you not take Millie in with you? Have everything crossed your scan is clear.xxx As for feeding Emily is on my boob almost continuously from about 7pm til 12!! During the day she generally will go about 3 hours unless it's growth spurt time and then it's continuous during the day too!! That is stressful. Any of you girls finding your little ones only to want you yet? Very early but Emily has started to cry when others have her but will settlewhen back with me. Really not a good thing!!BabyHipkissNo2
- Tuesday, 9 Apr
Well second night in hospital :( thought I was gonna come out today, but have to stay in till I have a scan tomorrow...preying that is clear otherwise will prob have to have a d and c and really really really don't want that. Dec iv taken your advice and been overly praising her for acknowledging Millie. Abi can't believe Emily is a month old and also that she's sooo tiny. I would be scared to touch her... Millie scares me enough and she's 7lb 11oz. Lai Millie likes to feed more in the evenings...she has been going about 4-5 hours between feeds but in the evenings likes to feed about every half hour for a few hours! She's changing so much each day...it's making me sad I'm not with her and darcey. laianasmommy
- Monday, 8 Apr
Can't believe Alaiah will be 3 weeks tomorrow makes me kinda sad its feels like its going by so fast already she does good sleeping but at night time she seems to eat more than during the day I don't kno what that's about....@ abi I can't believe Emily is already a month!!! abi-uk
- Monday, 8 Apr
I suppose i really should be in the 1 month section but will stay with you ladies :) If Emily had stayed in she would only be a week or so...if that! She got weighed today and is now 5lb 12oz so gaining steadily if slowly. Everything still thinks she's brand new when we are out. Nice in a way to have a tiny one for so long but so much easier if they have a bit of meat on them! BabyHipKiss i know exactly how your feeling about the guilt :( I have felt it with each one that came along. I always felt as though your last baby was being made to grow up and yet they were still a baby.x Your DD will soon be best friends with Millie...especially when she gets more interesting!!xxx You should see how close all mine are even though it took them a while to adapt to each new person arriving. Saying that you should also hear the squabbles :) They do adore each other and are very protective.xx Hello mummymonty :) Come on Dec babys baby!!xxxxDec Baby
- Sunday, 7 Apr
BabyHipkissNo2...Ask her to be your big helper and get her to bring you a nappy, cream, baby toy, even some clothes?! Then tell her what a wonderful helper she is:) Little ones usually love to be apart of the routine and it can help them to bond with a new sibling! BabyHipkissNo2
- Sunday, 7 Apr
Hi everyone. Had my little girl Millie on 30 March weighing 7lb 11oz. She is a week old now. So far she has been good as gold sleeping most of the time,hardly cries, sleeps most of the night...couldn't ask for much more really, but won't hold my breath that it will last. Only bad thing is iv been feeling guilty about my DD not being the only one anymore, but slowly starting to get over it...she is still refusing to touch Millie, but has started to acknowledge that she is there so hopefully she is slowly coming round. mummymonty
- Sunday, 7 Apr
Hello ladies! Had my gorgeous little lady Abigail Tilly on 2nd April at 22:34 UK time. She was 7lbs 3oz and just perfect! Moving over here to stay on touch with you all. Going to miss checking in a the time to see how you all are and how your little bundles are doing! happymama (jen)
- Thursday, 4 Apr
Baby Cade arrived on St. Patrick's Day. He's our lucky charm! He truly is a dream baby! Mims - I think formula does upset some baby's tummies if they sensitivities to the ingredients. Some babies need special formula. Talk with the pediatrician. Good luck!Mims
- Wednesday, 3 Apr
does powdered formula cause tummy aches and/or gas?happylady
- Tuesday, 2 Apr
Hi, my baby is a week old today. She's feeding well but sleeping most of the day otherwise. She was born 3.62kg and we've named her Gina. Looking forward to sharing with all you other mommas xxxMims
- Friday, 29 Mar
Hello! Henry was born March 12. He has been here a mere 2 weeks but it seems like he has been with us forever. His belly button still in the process of falling off. HOw long is it going to take? a large piece of it fell off but there is still some part of it so i am holding off on is real bath. Overall, he is a good baby. only cries when hungry and sleeps most of the time. His only 'fault' would be that he likes sleeping with me in bed. For now, i could live with that. as long as most of the house sleeps. :-) how is everyone else doing?
- Wednesday, 27 Mar
Hi ladies I had Alaiah D'asia on march 19 2013 321pm she was 6'10 & 19' she is a wonderful joy!!!!nycnaz23
- Tuesday, 26 Mar
Also had a fever for over 48 hrs from engorged breast. Finally went away nycnaz23
- Tuesday, 26 Mar
Hello ladies, happy to see a few familiar faces. Well after being hospitalize for 2 weeks and spend 3 days in early labor, I finally had my baby boy on March 11 at 38 weeks. His name is Ayaan, he was born 7.3lbs .. Left the hospital 6.11 and he's now 7.12lbs. Took him a while to get here. Exclusively bfing right now and hoping to keep it up for at least 3 months before introducing formula. I pump most of the time as he have trouble latching on .. It might have been a little early to introduce bottle but I had no choice, my nipples were totally sore. He is going through diapers like crazyyyyy and he's a it gassy... Probably from a little spice I had ... No ore spicy foods lol. baby2ondway
- Sunday, 24 Mar
thanks pnchilli....ya he generally falls a sleep after 10 min..so I have started pumping and supplementing him and it has helped a lot...thanks for the advice :)pnchilli
- Saturday, 23 Mar
Firstly congrats on your new blessing baby2ond. Are you breastfeeding or not? If so is your milk in by now.. Is he sleepy on the breast? If you are not sure what he is getting then maybe expressing or pumping would help....I hope this helps some.baby2ondway
- Saturday, 23 Mar
Hello ladies...my son is 4 days old today...and we are concern about his pattern in wet diapers...he is producing only 1-2 wet diapers and the pee is kind of concentrated. any suggestions on helping him to produce more wet diapers? TIAabi-uk
- Monday, 18 Mar
Hi ladies :) I had my beautiful baby girl on 1st march at 36 weeks. Thought I'd pop over here and say hello. Still following the 38 weekers too as that is where we should be! Still under midwife right now as our little Emily isn't gaining weight as quickly as they think she should! Birth weight was 5lb 3oz and she's now 4lb 14oz. Breast fed too but feeds like a little trooper :)rbaby3
- Sunday, 17 Mar
Hi everyone, so nice to see familiar names here and to know how everyone is doing with their babies! I had my baby boy a week ago & we named him Isaac. This is my 1st baby and I'm so happy that he's healthy Thank God! I prob wouldn't apriciate it as much if I didn't loose my other 2 babies. Kids are such a email@example.com
- Saturday, 16 Mar
Hey Rainbow :) Elijah gets hiccups an it scares him his eyes get so big...lol...I am doing our announcements forEaster using the Walgreens photo site you get 24 for 12.99 with white envelopes.Rainbow Baby )))
- Friday, 15 Mar
Hi Dr Neal!! Wow I thought no one was going to talk to me lol! It's dead on here I guess everyone is too busy caring for their new babies lol...wait does that mean ours are good? Lol just kidding! Dawson is two weeks today and he was sleeping all the time pretty consistently eating every 2-3 hours...until yesterday he's been awake for longer spurts and sleeping closer to 3 hours @ a time. I just love every minute if all of it. I took him today to get his pictures taken and I can't wait to see how they turned out. Did u do birth announcements? If so do u have a good place? We went to Olan mills with my son in heaven and they were a dollar a piece...I decided I'm not doing that this time. Oh does your baby get the hiccups at all? My baby has then at least 3 times a day! Poor little guy! firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursday, 14 Mar
Rainbow- I can't believe baby is here it seemed like time just flew by how are you doing with a sleeping routine? Elijah is bf every 3 -4hours hrs an very alert...lolRainbow Baby )))
- Tuesday, 5 Mar
Hi Girlys! We are all settled in at home now, Dawson is such a joy! I just want to show him off to everyone! It's good to be on here with you all again! deutschbaby1
- Tuesday, 5 Mar
Jenjen, I can relate to your jealousy because it took me so long to get pregnant. So, I'm not sure what may be causing your jealousy, but I went through about two years' worth of hearing 'oh, guess what? we're pregnant!' while I was still trying, and it drove me nuts. :P Now, even though I have my baby I still get jealous because I'm 99% sure that person didn't go through the infertility trials that I did to get my little man...