Being a new mom is exciting, but it’s also extremely overwhelming and sometimes scary. No matter how many books you’ve read or how much time you’ve spent with kids nothing can quite prepare you fully for motherhood and especially the first month. In today’s article, we will be moving in the life of a newborn just to get to know them better.
Am sure you’ve been warned about the sleepless nights once you’ll have your newborn, every parent knows that sleep deprivation is just part of the package but no worry because the experience is priceless, magical and it will all be worth.
Newborns spend more time sleeping especially during the first few weeks. They can sleep for up to 18hours. It is important to note that as babies grow, they’ll need less sleep each day
How you feed your newborn is the first nutritional decision you make for your child. It is recommendable for babies to exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months then you can introduce them to solid food.
Breast milk has the nutrients that a newborn needs and all its components which have antibodies that help protect babies from many infections like diarrhea, respiratory infections and decrease the chances of overweight or obesity. For moms, breastfeeding helps to burn calories and protects them from breast cancer and ovarian cancer
A baby with chubby cheeks and dimpled thighs was once pictured as a healthy baby but that’s not the case.
During the first month, babies generally grow in height and weight. It is important to note that being small or large at birth does not mean the baby will be the same size in adulthood.
Below are different types of growth in a baby
Watching your baby growing in size is fun. Also, note that newborns gain weight within 10-12 days
This refers to the ability of a newborn to think, learn, and remember. You can promote their brain every time you interact with them in a positive way.
3.Emotional and social development
Learn quickly to communicate with your newborn. They in turn seek interaction with you and express how they feel with sound and facial expression. At first, crying and uncomfortable are the ways they use to communicate. They also move eyes to track movements.
in conclusion, do not be afraid to call your pediatrician anytime you have concerns about your newborn’s health. It is normal or expected for parents of newborns to have questions and to make frequent visits to the doctor.