Are you going to have a baby soon? That’s exciting! Congratulations.
But while kids are going to be a lot of fun, they would also need a lot of hard work and tender, loving care from you. Don’t worry, though, as we’re here to help you out. There are lots of things you can learn about babies on this site but let’s start with the introduction to newborns.
Here are 5 things you need to know about newborns so you can cope with the new changes in your home:
Newborn Babies Sleep a Lot, But Not in Long Stretches
Newborn babies will be sleeping a lot but they wake up every 2 to 3 hours to ask for food. That means you would have to get up and feed them every 2 to 3 hours as well. This can be tough to adjust to, especially for first time parents but here’s a golden advice from a seasoned mom: sleep when the baby sleeps so you will have much-needed energy when they wake up.
The washing, the dirty dishes, the topsy turvy house can wait. You need rest at this point, especially the moms who had just given birth! Take the opportunity to rest when the baby does.
Baby Skin Looks Wrinkled and Dry
Do not worry that your newborn looks like an old person despite the young age. Newborns have wrinkled, dry skin. But this will easily smoothen out as they grow.
You’ll also notice they might have peeling skin. You don’t have to do anything about this; although you can put baby oil or hypo-allergenic lotion, if this gives you peace of mind.
The Baby’s Head Might Look Weird
Do you think your child’s head looks like that of an alien now? Well, the shape of the baby’s head is often affected by the time it had in the birth canal. This is the reason why babies born via C-section often have perfectly rounded heads while those who spent a long time in labor have elongated, alien-like heads.
Don’t worry because like the skin, this will eventually fix itself. Some parents believe you have to massage the head back in shape but don’t! You might endanger the kid. Just wait a couple of months and your baby’s head will be fine.
Babies Have Different Signals for Their Needs
In the first few weeks, you would have to decipher what the baby wants when he begins crying but as he grows, you would soon realize that he has different signals for his needs. Don’t worry, you will learn this through observation.
Come the baby’s third or fourth month, you’d be a pro at guessing whether he’s crying for milk or a diaper change.
Newborns Grow Up Really Fast
It’s not cliché. Newborns really grow up fast. So, you will have to watch out for a lot of milestones in the coming weeks – their first ‘real smile’, first words, first flipping over, first time to crawl, first teeth, etc.
As many parents these days are wont to do, keep your cameras ready to capture these milestones but also enjoy your newborn baby even without the camera. Have fun!