Congrats on your new baby!
Hope, you’re enjoying all the moments and all of the time you have together with your new baby.
Obviously, you’ll enjoy smelling him, holding him, kissing him and loving the time together. It’s really a unique experience of your life.
But, at the same time are you stress over every single thing- from changing the diaper to the baby’s crying more than usual?
However, the arrival of your new baby may have a few surprises for you. Here are 10 things you need to know about your newborn.
10 Things You Need To Know About Your Newborn
- 1Newborn Looks A Bit Funny
No doubt, you’ve been waiting and dreaming about your baby for months: what she’ll look like, whether she’ll be laid-back her dad or like you. But your newborn’s looks may come as a surprise. It seems that every baby will be born looking like a beet-root. She’ll be quite red with a fine covering of hair over her body. Her face may look a little squashed if you had the vaginal birth. She could also have puffy-eyes, smashed ears and flaky skin for the first week or so. But pretty soon, she'll resemble that beautiful baby you imagined.
- 2Newborn Sleeps a Lot
This fact will definitely surprise you. A newborn's primary activity is sleeping. She doesn’t know the difference between day and night. Your little one will be sleeping 16-18 or more hours a day (2-3 hour stretches about 5-10 times a day). And the rest of the time she is just going to want to eat. You don’t need to wake her up to feed, or be introduces to grandparents when she likes to be sleeping. It’s also convenient for you to sleep when your baby sleeps, seriously!
- 3Newborn Needs To Eat Every Two to Three Hours
The tiny stomach fills quickly and also empty rapidly. But’s it’s hard to understand how much milk she’s getting. Newborn’s weight is a good indicator of this in the first week. A newborn loses 5% to 8% of her birth weight within the first 7 days after birth. But she will gain it back by the second week. If you feed your baby enough and she is happy and sleeps, don’t worry about getting her up to her birth weight.
- 4Dry Skin and Baby Acne Is Normal for Newborn
Newborn’s skin is soft and silky. But, around the second or third day of her birth, you’ll notice her dry and flaky skin. It’s normal and it just adjusts to life outside the womb. You may also notice baby acne. But it won’t last forever. Never try to pick it. This will rectify within few months. Try a sensitive skin baby lotion to help with dryness, otherwise leave the acne alone.
- 5Newborn can Tolerate Noise
You don’t need to tiptoe the room when your newborn is sleeping. Naturally, she is able to block out light and sounds. In fact, her time in the womb was very noisy with whooshing, gurgling and the beating of her mom’s heart. Surprisingly, bright lights or loud noises don’t wake your sleeping baby.
- 6Newborn Won’t Smile Right Away
Newborns usually smile only when they are sleeping for the first few weeks. So, don’t expect coos or smiles until about the six weeks. And also there’s nothing to feel like you got a gloomy baby from the hospital. Her sweet smiles will show up soon.
- 7Newborn May Have Mild Jaundice
Around half of the all-full-term babies are born with mild jaundice. So, don’t be too concerned if you observe some little orange hue on her skin. Most of the newborn cures with eating, pooping, and with a little sunshine. Even a little tanning bed lamp helps to cure jaundice. So, nothing to be scared about.
- 8Newborn Likes To Be Swaddled
Newborn loves to be swaddled. They’re used to feeling cocooned and in this way, they feel comfortable and secured. Swaddling takes your baby back to the comfort zone of the womb. Swaddling them helps to make sure that their arms or legs don’t wake them up when they jump while sleeping. So, newborn sleeps more soundly when he (or she) is swaddled.
- 9Newborn Breathes Differently
Newborn’s breathing is different and they take more breaths than adults. Newborn’s breathe is much faster than a child’s or adults. The newborn’s breathing rate is around 40 times per minute, whereas an adult breathes between 12 and 20.
- 10Newborns Can Recognize Mom’s Voice
Newborns can recognize their mom’s voice from birth. Pretty impressive. Isn’t it? When a baby is born, his/ her hearing isn’t 10% up to par. His (or her) middle ear is still full of fluid that tends to impair the hearing. The only sound he (or she) can recognize is his (or her) mom’s voice. This is another way that nature ensures a special bond between you.
A Few Final Word
Being a parent is mostly about being full of unimaginable delight. No matter how many children you have, the first few weeks of your being a mother are like nothing you’ll ever experience again.
It’s true that time will go quickly and in the blink of an eye your newborn will become a baby, then a crawler, then a toddler and then a tiny talking person. This stage will be over before you know it and your newborn will never again resemble anything like the sweet-smelling. In fact, it’s so special and so short-lived that you will miss it dearly when it’s gone.
Hope, our article 10 things you need to know about your newborn have helped you much to catch these delightful moments.
Try to enjoy this incredible time in your baby’s life – somehow.