With our newborn baby, we panic for every wrong move, strange action, weird spot, etc. However, being a mother needs some stability, strength and confidence.
Let’s see the top 10 things which may drive you crazy, but they are normal situations:
1- Don’t panic, he is just well.
With a newborn baby, mothers must not be so worried as it is normal to notice some strange things in the first 10 days. Your baby’s head may be squashed a bit, or he might have lanugo, a puffy-face and shut eyes, but this doesn’t mean that he is in danger. Just remember that this little angel spent nine months in the womb. Wait for few days, and he will gradually resemble the beautiful baby picture you’ve imagined.
2-The soft spot can handle some handling.
The scalp of the newborn has some very soft spots on the head called the fontanel, these spots usually terrify the mothers. No need for being too much frightened as this spot can handle some touching, just be careful.
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3- Give your baby sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off.
The umbilical cord falls faster if it’s kept dry, it would take maximum two weeks.
Since newborns don’t get very dirty, no need for putting much water on that area.
4-Don’t expect rewards before 6 weeks.
Some new mothers expect getting some smiles or coos from their little toddlers since the first day.
Actually, it won’t happen. For the first couple of weeks, all what you will get is just complains!
Don’t be sad, your efforts won’t be lost as he feels comforted by his father or mother.
5- He’ll let you know if he’s getting enough food.
In general, babies must eat every two to three hours. If you are breastfeeding your baby, you may not know whether he is getting enough milk or not unless you see his weight. Diaper-counting can also tell if he is eating enough as you must see five to six wet diapers a day after the first five days.
6- How to Change a Diaper
Babies poop , a lot!
You may have to change the diaper every few hours, so it is better to learn how to do it before the arrival of the new baby.
7- Dry skin is the norm for newborns.
Imagine soaking yourself in liquid for nine months and then hit the air. Oh My God, your skin will dry.
The same is applied on your baby, so you don’t need to do anything about his dry skin. If you can’t handle the situation, buy a hypoallergenic baby lotion and apply some on his skin.
8- You don’t have to hole up at home.
Live normally at your home, but when you wanna go out, consider some precautions. Keep the baby away from the sun light, and avoid crowds and sick people.
Make sure to teach your older kids to kiss and touch the baby’s feet only to prevent any spread of infections.
9- Babies cry a lot — that’s how they communicate!
Little babies cry to inform you that they’re hungry, cold, have a dirty diaper, or want to be held. Don’t be frustrated, as you will be able to understand his message by time.
10- Newborn babies sleep a lot
For the first few months, the baby needs to eat every two to three hours, so they sleep a lot but not for long periods, neither you do.
During the day, wake him up every 3 hours to feed him, but at night let him sleep as long as he wants.