From the first bath to napping and feeding, a baby’s first week at home is filled with exciting milestones.
Because of their small size, newborns eat small amounts but need to feed frequently. It is completely normal for babies to lose a bit of body weight during the first few days, but this can be quickly remedied by feeding them more frequently the first week.
After every meal, your baby will need to burp, otherwise they will experience discomfort and will become fussy. Some babies will find it easier to burp, while others will require a little help. Try rubbing their backs in a gentle circular motion.
Crying and Soothing
Your baby will cry. Remember that it’s their only way to communicate. The key is to try and learn your baby’s cues to tell whether it’s hunger, diaper change, nap time, discomfort or something else. During the first weeks, it’s okay to respond with affection. Try to calm your baby by swaddling, swaying or rocking them.
While it’s important to establish sleeping patterns, during the first week it’s about trying to keep your baby as comfortable as possible. Babies have the ability to fall asleep pretty much anywhere. Just make sure they’re on their backs and remove any pillows, blankets or other unnecessary items around them.
Forget submerging them in water; bathing your newborn is best done with a gentle sponge and some water. Remember to mind the umbilical stump to help it heal faster and fall naturally.
Depending on whether you’re breastfeeding or giving your baby formula, they may need a diaper change between five to ten times a day.