The first time of your newborn baby’s growth is amazing and within 12 months, your newborn will transform to a toddler. Being a first time mom, motherhood can be something else. But don’t worry! The same way you took care of your growing baby bump for nine months, is the same way, you’ll learn how to take care of your newborn baby. Okay? So here’s what to expect with your one month old bundle of joy.
1. First time struggles
In the first month, new parents and the newborn will be struggling to get used to each other and, for mum and dad, it can seem like a constant stream of questions- Is my baby healthy? are we doing the right thing?. . relax. . You’re doing absolutely amazing! By the end of the first month, you’ll have got the hang of breastfeeding, burping and handling your baby and will have settled into a comfortable routine that, though still exhausting, is much more adaptable. Ok?
2. Newborn reflexes
Right from the first day, your baby has a set of reflexes designed to protect him/her and ensure he/ she gets the care he/she needs (even if your parenting instincts haven’t kicked in yet, they will with time). Some of these reflexes include the rooting reflex (which helps locate your breast or bottle for feeding), the sucking reflex (to help them eat), the Palmar reflex (this is the one that makes them grip your finger when you put it in their palm), and the Moro reflex (the jumpy reaction when scared). Moma you got this!
Don’t be alarmed if your baby sheds some weight off the first few days of life. Babies are born with extra body fluid and lose up to 10% of their birth weight before they stabilize and start gaining. By their two-week of being born, babies should be back up to their birth weight, and during the first month they’ll gain weight quickly . So, there is absolutely nothing to be worried about. Keep calm
Being born is hard work ( so they say hehe). All your newborn wants to do is sleep sleep and more sleep. lol 15 to 16 hours a day. Those hours may be erratic, because your baby hasn’t yet adjusted to the normal day and night cycle. You can help adjust by limiting activities to daytime, and keeping things quiet, dark, and boring at night. Eventually they will get the hint that day is for play and night is for sleep (for all of you lol)
During the first month, expect your breastfed baby to eat 8-12 times a day (about every two to three hours). Some feed on demand, while others stick to a schedule. You’ll know when your baby is hungry for the tit because they’ll start to move their head back and forth, searching for the tit) or get fussy and turn her mouth when you touch her cheek. A baby who has had enough to eat will seem satisfied, and immediately fall asleep. Look for four to six wet diapers a day as a sign that your baby is eating enough.
Of course your newborn cannot communicate like we do. They only have one mode of communication; crying. your baby will cry for up to three hours a day (don’t freak out! the crying will decrease as time passes). Crying is your baby’s way of saying, ”feed me!” ” change my diaper,” or, ”I’m sleepy.” Eventually, you’ll start to translate these cries, and discover the best ways to calm them down.
Don’t panic. You’re going to be an amazing mother. Just take it easy and we here at ZUMI got you too!