First of all, congratulations with your newborn! Now, when the time has finally came, you must know few things about your baby. Here are some facts that might help you in near future.
A little funny looking
His head might be smooshed from his journey through the birth canal and he can be sporting a "bodysuit" of fine hair called lanugo. He could also be puffy-faced and have eyes that are often shut. But there is nothing to worry about, after all, he just spent nine months in the womb. The good news is that pretty soon, he will resemble that beautiful baby you have always imagined.
Do not expect smiles or coos until he is about 6 weeks old
Up until the time, when baby is about 6 weeks or so, you are dealing with a serious man who only complains. To get through the exhaustion and emotional upheaval, you should keep this in mind - your efforts are not lost on baby in those early days. He feels comforted by you, he feels attachment, he does like to be held, he just is not capable to show his emotions yet.
Sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off
If it is kept dry, it falls off faster, it usually takes about two weeks. By the way, newborns do not get very dirty! If the cord does get wet, pat it dry. And if the stump bleeds a little when the cord falls off, that is totally okay, so you do not need to be scared.
You will notice if he needs more food
Newborns need to eat every two or three hours, but if you are nursing, it is hard to know how much milk he is getting. The baby's weight is the best indicator in the early days. A newborn loses 5 to 8 percent of her birthweight in the first week but should gain it back very soon. Diaper-counting can also act as a sensing element – his schedule those first five days is random, but after that, you will see five to six wet diapers per day and at least one or two stools.
Dry skin is ok
At first, he might be soft and silky, but that changes fast. If you soaked yourself in liquid for nine months and then hit the air, you would be dry too, right? There is no need to do anything about baby’s dry skin, but if you are very inclined, take a baby lotion. Little pink bumps, diaper rashes, and even baby acne may also make an appearance.
Yes, you can still live your own life
Live a normal life, but use common sense when you go out in public. Keep baby out of the sun, avoid sick people and crowded enclosed spaces. Just make sure he is in safe environment and watch out for dirt for at least first month.
Crying = Communicating
Their piercing screams will let you know that they are hungry, cold, have a dirty diaper or want to be held. This is just the way they communicate. It can be frustrating, but rest assured, you will get a better handle on what he needs in time.
A lot of napping
Baby needs to eat every two or three hours, that is why you are not getting much sleep either. It does get better later. Most infants can sleep for six to eight hours, when he is already 3 months old. In the meantime, try to get baby on a day and night schedule, like, during the day, do not let him snooze more than three hours without waking him to feed, at night let him sleep as long as he wants once he is regained the weight he lost at birth.
The newborn stage is short
Stressed, tired? Yes, those early days are very hard. But they will soon be end. You will not even notice how fast time goes by. Do not stress to much over every single thing, from changing diapers to whether baby was crying more than usual. Just try to enjoy every second with your baby. Holding him, smelling him, kissing and loving the unforgettable time together.
Having a baby changes your life. After all, you just created a new life. Just make sure you will enjoy each and every moment with your child and have the time of both, yours and your baby’s life.