No matter how many children you have, bringing every new baby home is a unique experience. No two babies are the same, which surprises many parents. This is especially the case when they bring home a new baby and their personality is the exact opposite of their previous children. The truth is, every child is different, and many of these differences are noticeable as soon as their baby comes into this world.
Ten Important Facts About Newborns
Let’s face it, you never know exactly what to expect from a newborn, especially if you are a new parent. Here are ten important facts that you should know about newborns that no one else will tell you.
1.Your baby may look, well, strange. Baby’s heads typically appear squished for a few weeks. This is because they were repeatedly squished as they passed through the birth canal. Also, newborn’s faces are typically puffy and a little swollen. Some babies may have bruises on the bonier places of their face too.
2.Your baby won’t reward you for at least the first six weeks. Every parent looks forward to hearing their new baby coo and smile. Unfortunately, baby’s typically do not reach these milestones until they are about six weeks old. Don’t worry, it is well worth the wait.
3.Babies must have a sponge bath until their umbilical cord falls off. This usually takes about two weeks. The good news is that babies do not really get dirty at this age, so getting a few sponge baths will not cause hygiene problems.
4.Your baby’s soft spot is not as sensitive as you would think. It is just fine to brush his hair and touch his head. You may feel the soft spot pulsate when you touch it, but this is only because of the blood vessels surrounding the area.
5.Your baby WILL let you know if she is getting enough food. Your baby should eat every two to three hours at first. However, if she is hungry more often, she will definitely let you know. Many pediatricians are slowly moving toward mothers feeding their baby’s at will, rather than keeping them on a strict schedule. Over time, your baby will regulate her eating habits to a set schedule.
6.Babies have dry skin and their isn’t much you can do about it. Think about it like this. If you spent 9 months floating around in a pool and decided to get out, your skin would dry out over a few days too. While you do not technically have to do anything about it, you can apply some Johnson’s pink baby lotion if it makes you feel better.
7.You and baby are not hostages when you come home. You can come and go whenever you and baby please. The only thing you must ensure is that anyone who touches your baby must wash their hands first.
8.Babies cry ALOT. This is how your baby communicates. These ear piercing screams will let you know that your baby is hungry, cold, has a messy diaper, or wants you to hold them. The only problem is that these early conversations can be extremely frustrating for both of you. Over time, you will learn what each wail means.
9.Babies may sleep a lot, but they do not sleep for long stretches of time. It is important that you wake your baby up every three hours to get changed and eat. Do not wake your baby up during the night, they will wake up if they need something. By following this schedule, your baby will learn the difference between day and night schedules.
10. The first few weeks will be the most stressed, lonely and tired days of your life. These are the difficult times that prepare you for the rest of parenting. Rest assured, it will get better faster than you think.