Jun 14 , 2018
While new parents are somewhere else mentally and sometimes physically after their babies first arrive, many soon being to feel a bit overwhelmed about how they will care for their little once they get home.
During your first week, as a parent, use this time to recover and rest. The pediatrician has made sure your baby is healthy and know it's your turn. But not too worry! Bundle Bear is here with some great tips!
We know you’ve read the books and have done your prep work. Here’s the overview of the most important basics.
New Developments and Positive Signs to Look Out for
- Changing at least four wet diapers a day, and one or more poopy diapers is completely normal
- A good sign is seeing your baby’s poop as a mustard-colored mush if you breastfeed. Formula-fed poop is more towards the yellow/tan side or similar. It could look shabby
- Crying is a great sign of how newborns communicate. It can mean “I’m Hungry”, “I have a wet diaper”, etc. As young parents, you will quickly learn your baby’s cries and how to respond to them.
- Breathing. Newborns can pause between breaths and then breathe rapidly for intermittent periods. Short pauses are perfectly normal. Not too worry.
- Burps. Babies burp from swallowing air during feedings and hiccups, sneezing, squeaks and grunts are normal noises.
Normal Movements and Tests You Can Do
- Curling their toes when you tickle bottom of their feet
- Small reflexes when they sleep
- Having tremor-type movements when stretching
- Curling up like they are still in the womb
- Throwing out their arms and legs as a reflex when they’re on the back
The First Week
- Rest. Rest. Rest. Caring for a new baby is a new job.Ask for your help from friends, family members or your significant other. A smart tip is to coordinate and time your naps with the baby’s.
- A swaddle blankets helps your baby adjust from the comfort and warmth of the womb. Wrap your little one so she/he feels protected and secure
- If your baby is premature, a good technique called Kangaroo Care is a great option. It's a method of caring for premature babies in which the infants are held skin-to-skin with a parent, usually the mother, for as many hours as possible every day. Ask your doctor it this is a suitable option.
- Burping your baby after every 3 ounces from the bottle. Also when your baby switches breast and ultimately once more when the feeding comes to an end.
- It will be around 10-13 days when your baby’s umbilical cord will dry up and fall off. Try to maintain it clean and fold it down the diaper so the area stays dry. Do not bathe her until it falls off. Consult your pediatrician if you have any concerns about redness, pus, a foul smell, or fevers and fussiness.