What to Expect After Your Baby Arrives?
What to expect after your baby arrives from the hospital is a question on ever mothers mind. The first year of the newborn baby is full of milestones. Some great, some bad. Sooner or later, your child is going to get sick. Here’s the good news, with each new illness, the body of the baby builds and antibodies that protect them in the future.
Here are some of the guidelines and ways to keep your baby happy and healthier at the same time!
Feeding is the most important need of the newborn as they need only need 1-3 ounces of milk in their tiny stomach. Therefore, frequent feeding is the key to give your baby the diet they need.
In the very first month, aim to feed to your newborn at least every 2-3 hours, day and night. This means approximately 8-12 times every 24 hours. Many of the babies lose their weight in the few early days and your goal is to bring back to their birth weight.
The most obvious clue that your baby is hungry and wants to feed is that they will start crying. Keep an eye for an early sign of hunger like sucking off the hands, lip licking and fussing. Newborns tend to sleep a lot! If two or three hours have passed and the baby is still snoozing, wake your baby up to feed him/her.
Soothing your baby
Newborn babies CRY! And they cry a lot. It’s their only way to SAY that ‘I need something’. By responding to their every cry by picking him/her up in your arms will help you develop the trust and the bond they need to feel safe.
Don’t be surprised if you are wondering why the newborn is crying. Well, there are many things, have you fed the little one or changed their diaper? Now, if the act is done, just hold her up in your arms. Place the baby on your bare chest and let your baby feel your warmth. Look into their eyes and talk slowly. Get a pacifier as babies love to suck. Try some music and take a tour of your backyard and smell her some fresh air. This should help with crying… Give it a try!
Adding the newborn in your family is a huge gift and your life would never be the same as it was before. The more you help the newborn adopt their life, the happier the whole family will be!
Remember, let him/her live their normal life and do not shush people when they come over to see the little angel. It’s all good to have the conversation and clanking of the dishes to let her use to the home routine and it’s all good.
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