It is said that women are reborn the day they give birth to a child. The relationship between a mother and child is the purest — a mother will give everything possible to see her child happy. However, becoming a mother is also a process — you learn each day. As a new mother, the first couple of weeks are going to be tough. You will take some time to understand the signs that your child is sending your way. This article is for new mothers who are still struggling to understand their baby completely.
1. It’s actually not that difficult to make your baby sleep:
As a new mother, you must be struggling with the strenuous sleep schedule of your newborn child. However, did you know that it is not that difficult to make your baby sleep? For starters, do not put your baby in bed when they are asleep, put him in bed when they are drowsy. If your baby is nocturnal, you can induce some routine by feeding them between 10:00 p.m and midnight. You must also keep the lights dim when your baby is sleeping. This will not only make your baby sleep better but also longer that usual.
2. You do not need to bathe your baby everyday:
Do you know that your baby doesn’t need a bath everyday? Bathing a newborn baby is a daunting task. However, the most important thing to remember while bathing a newborn baby is that you should always keep the area of umbilical cord dry — umbilical cord falls off quickly if kept dry. Give your baby sponge baths. Do not use soap on your his face — instead, use cotton balls to wipe his eyes and face. Always use mild products and soft towels while bathing a newborn baby.
3. Newborn babies sleep a lot:
Have you been thinking that your baby sleeps a lot? As a new mother, you must know that newborn babies sleep a lot. On an average, they sleep for about 16 hours a day. Also, their sleep pattern, time, and duration keep changing on a daily basis.
4. Babies demand more feed as they grow:
Has your baby been demanding more and more feed from you? It’s a good sign. On the first day, most babies need to be breastfed only 3-4 times. However, as they grow, they must be fed at least 8 times a day. You know your baby is well-fed if he is active and playful. If you are giving him proper feed, he will also gain 4-8 ounces every week, and he will pee at least 6 times a day.
5. Babies cry for a reason:
Constant crying can be irritating. However, as a new mother, you must get used to it as crying is the only way your baby will communicate with you. You must understand why do babies cry. Mostly, babies cry when they are hungry or sleepy. Some babies are cleanliness lovers and cry to bring you attention to their pooped diapers. Likewise, some babies cry when they want to be held – it’s their way of asking for love. Last, a cry could also mean that your baby is not well and needs to see a doctor.
6. You must protect your baby at all times:
If you are taking your baby out, wrap him up well. Newborn babies are quite prone to infections and catch one easily. Do not let people touch your child without them washing their hands face. Do not let sick people hold your child. And, you must keep your child away from the sun for the first few weeks.