10 Things To Know About Newborns
When a new life comes to your life, it can be quite surprising and exciting for the turn of events that follows. It is an uncertain period of life which you can’t be prepared enough for, even when you are trying to get all the final things ready and make sure everything is perfect before the baby arrives. Taking care of few things in advance can help you feel more prepared and save you a lot of inconveniences later. However, the fact remains that you will still probably be struck by the uncertainty of the newness. We have carefully compiled a list of things to know about the newborns before the D-day arrives:
Understand your baby’s food requirements:
The baby feeds multiple times in the initial weeks and her weight is the best indicator of food requirement. It might take some time but you will soon come to know if the baby is adequately fed. A newborn loses 5 to 8 percent of her birth weight within the initial week but should gain it back soon.
Babies look funny
During the first days, newborn kids look really funny. It might be easy to be disappointed as they have a puffy face and droopy eyes. Don’t let your heart sink in disappointment and give it a few weeks. You will slowly see them become the baby that you imagined in your dreams.
They are noisy and loud
All a tiny baby can do to communicate is to yell and cry. Thus, you have to cope with all the tantrums and shout, and understand why she is doing so. After a few hiccups, you will soon be able to differentiate the cries that the baby uses to demand food, as well as other needs.
Dry skin is inevitable
Dry skin in babies is inevitable in a newborn baby, as the baby skin is slowly adapting to the new environment. The skin will soon start to flake and you can use a hypoallergenic baby lotion which is free of chemicals or you can also opt for a fragrance-free one if he/ she has sensitive skin.
Don't be terrified of the soft spot
The soft spot in the newborn baby’s skull, also called the fontanel, can be quite scary and be intimidating for new parents, however, it is okay to touch the soft spot and baby's hair near it. It can handle the touch The spot may pulsate but it is okay because it's directly over blood vessels covering the brain and soon the skull will grow to cover this area.
Don’t expect smile or coos
After all the sleep deprivation and emotional up and down, you might be hoping to be rewarded with an abundance of dimpled smiles and coos! However, it is not time yet. The smiles that you might encounter in the early days are reflex smiles similar to the jerky movements of arm or leg in response to touch or some other physical stimuli.But soon you will experience the joy from your cutie’s smile on purpose."He feels comforted by his father or mother, he feels attachment, he likes to be held," says Los Angeles-based pediatrician Christopher Tolcher, MD. So, for a brief period, you are on a one-way street and there will be no sweet surprises coming your way.
Sponge bath is the way to go
You can try to sponge bathe your baby until the umbilical cord falls off. But there is no requirement to do it quite often as newborn babies hardly get dirty. You can ask for tips on how to do this properly and cautiously from the nurse before you leave the hospital.
You will be sleep deprived
Get as much of sleep as you can before the baby arrives, as you will get the feeling of being perpetually tired due to sleep deprivation. You might feel lost amidst a conversation or forget where you kept the bottle. It is okay to feel that way.
Be flexible with your schedule
Newborns have no sense of the clock and no regard for your schedule. In the initial days, they tend to sleep during the day and wake up throughout the night. Your body might take some time getting used to this new timing. Slowly work your way towards achieving the schedule which works for both you and the baby and stick to it.
Emotional roller coaster
It is okay to feel the baby blues after delivering, as you have been through a lot physically and emotionally. Also, don't be surprised if you don't instantly connect with the baby. You will soon feel the rush of love kick in, just hold on strong and let this emotional rise and fall of the wave pass you by. But, if it gets severe, talk to your partner and doctor about it.
These initial days will be one of the fondest memories you will have. Preserve and treasure it while you can, because your baby will grow faster after a few months. Keep a journal or take a ton of pictures to hold on to these memories. Having a baby will be a life-changing experience. Everything around you will change for good, and you will see the beautiful soul achieving a new milestone every day. Get ready, get the things ticked off on your to-do list and wait for the stork to visit, because happiness is just around the corner!