After expecting the baby for nine months, you should take note of a few things to avoid surprises.
This may sound odd, but due to the strenuous birth process, the baby’s head may be a bit smooshed or compressed. The fine full hair, almost all-time closed eyes, and the puffy face may all be strange-looking. But with time, the baby’s features will open up and fine figures emerge.
The sponge baths are needed until the umbilical cord falls off. If the cord is wet, just dry it off using a pad, and in case of any bleeding, this is normal.
The soft spot
It is usually scary when you see the pulsating brittle spot on the skull or the fontanel. It is OK touching the spot, or even the hair around it. You will find this necessary when cleaning the baby’s hair and sponge-bathing him.
The baby loses 5-8% of weight after birth but usually regains faster after that. The baby eats every 2-3 hours, and this contributes to the weight gains. Diaper changes also become frequent (about 5-6 times a day!), especially after the fifth day of birth.
Dry skin, usually soft and silky, is normal for babies. This usually flakes off, but you can also use fragrance-free hypoallergenic baby lotion to manage it. Diaper rashes and baby acne may also appear. Get used to these without panicking.
No smiles or coos
Mostly, the newborn cries and has no other method of communication. However, keep in mind that the child feels attached to the mother and father, likes to be held and feels comforted. Invest your emotions in it without giving up.
Don’t imprison yourself at home
With a baby, remember you can still live a normal life. However, protect the baby from the sun or cold, crowded places, and infectious neighborhoods. Let people touch its feet but not hands and face to reduce the spread of infections.
Because they don’t have advanced communication skills, babies rely on crying to pass a message. Whether they are hungry, or feeling cold, or even when they want to be held, they will just cry.
Babies love to sleep but at shorter intervals. The baby can sleep for 6-8 hours a day by 3 months of age. This will also deny you your sleep! Know this: during the day, wake up the baby after 3 hours of sleep and feed him, but let him sleep for long during night hours, especially after regaining their lost weight after birth.
The newborn phase fades quickly
The tiredness and frustrations you have in the first months pass by quickly. You will soon start getting used to these, and in the second month, the baby is a joy as they smile back and coo.