How to Take Care of a Newborn: 9 Things You Must Know
When it will be born, your baby will be the most beautiful and loved baby on the planet. You know this from even before he is part of this world. You have little time until you`ll bring on a new member on your family. Before birth, it`s recommended to consider a few essential things that you need to know about newborns. This way, you`ll create realistic expectations from the moment when you`ll give birth and from your baby, and it will be easier to face the way you`ll take care of the newest member of your family.
Table of Contents
- 1 Newborns Have a Specific Appearance
- 2 Newborns Have Different Reactions – Smiling, Whining or Grimacing!
- 3 Only Sponge Cleaning Until their First Bath
- 4 Be Careful with his Head
- 5 The Dry Skin for a Baby after Birth Is Normal
- 6 A Baby Shouldn`t Be Isolated from the World
- 7 Newborns Cry a Lot
- 8 Newborns Are Sleeping a Lot
- 9 The “Newborn” Period Passes Quickly. Enjoy it!
Newborns Have a Specific Appearance
You are already imagining your baby having red cheeks as silk and other qualities worthy of the most beautiful baby in the world. But you should know from the start that immediately after birth they have a rather odd appearance: some of them may have their heads slightly deformed, a bluish color on their skin, short hands or feet, their skin covered with lanugo (very thin hair). These features aren`t very aesthetic, but they disappear within a few days from birth, and very few of them remain for several weeks.
Newborns Have Different Reactions – Smiling, Whining or Grimacing!
Smiles and whining are only a few of the reactions of babies that put so much joy in the hearts of new parents. But don`t expect for your baby to have these reactions from his first days of life. At best, you may get a funny yawning and a lot of crying and frowns, but the real smiles and small reactions to what you are transmitting him will appear after the age of 6 months.
Only Sponge Cleaning Until their First Bath
You`ll be tempted to make them a bath immediately after birth, but it`s recommended to wait until his navel will fall. The drier will his skin be maintained, the sooner his navel will fall, according to doctors. This won`t take more than 2 weeks. Until then, clean him gently with a soft sponge and water and remember to avoid his umbilical area.
Be Careful with his Head
The fontanelle (or fontanel) is also known as “the soft spot” at babies and represents a visible inward curve which isn`t completely harden because it allows for the brain`s development during the first years of life. When the baby is about 2 years old, the fontanelle will close completely. Until then, you need to be careful with that part of the head which is only covered by skin and blood vessels. It doesn`t mean that you aren`t allowed to touch at all, but you need to avoid as much as possible for anything to happen to that area of the head.
The Dry Skin for a Baby after Birth Is Normal
Immediately after birth, the baby`s skin is wet and silky, but as time passes, it will become drier. This is completely normal and it doesn`t mean it suffers from any medical condition. The baby spend 9 months in your belly in a wet environment, and now he tries to adapt to the real world which is a dry environment, which makes the skin to be the same.
The baby may experience a small acne, but it will disappear on his own and against which you don`t need to apply any lotions or other products. Diaper rash or heat are something rather common and frequent at the same time, and won`t put his health in jeopardy.
A Baby Shouldn`t Be Isolated from the World
Even though he was just born and he seems very fragile, this doesn`t mean you should keep him quarantined inside the house or isolated from the world. You can take the baby outside to enjoy life, but only by following certain requirements: keep the sun away from his skin, avoid crowded places, don`t let anyone touch his face or hands, only his legs and not without disinfect.
Newborns Cry a Lot
You should expect lots of moments of crying and very few moments of silence. Crying is the only form of communication of a baby of this age. If until being 1 year old his forms of communication diversify – smiles, whimpers, stammering – during the first few days and even weeks after birth, the baby will only communicate by crying. That`s why it will seem that he “cries a lot.” But you shouldn`t worry!
Newborns Are Sleeping a Lot
It may seem that your baby sleeps too much and you may think that this is because he`s sick. However, this is something completely normal during his first 3 months of life. You may find it hard to find some time and rest, because your baby won`t sleep after a certain schedule even he`s too little. Small babies don`t sleep for long periods of time without waking up. Most of them usually sleep between 6 and 8 hours without waking up, and this happens during the night and in the case of lucky parents.
The “Newborn” Period Passes Quickly. Enjoy it!
Although it`s accompanied by a lot of fatigue, stress and nerves in your organism, this period is one of the most beautiful periods of time during childhood in which you discover your little one.
So don`t let changing diapers, making him baths or feeding him overshadow all those moments when he`s smiling or making funny faces. Make as much pictures as you can and create an album from them as they`ll become quite valuable over time.