Here are a few basics that you need to know about newborn babies.
#1 Baby may be, well, a little funny-looking
Ever heard how people used to comments on babies faces? “Oh, it looks like a potato” or something like that, but it’s actually because your baby just went through the birth canal, quite a journey I might add. The baby’s face will be puffy and eyes will be gooey-like and often shut but over time he’ll resemble that beautiful baby you’ve always imagined.
#2 Give baby sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off
The umbilical cord will falls of faster when it’s dry – normally in two weeks. Then again, newborns are pretty much clean and smells good. If there’s blood on the stump where the cord falls off, you needn’t worry, because it’s normal.
#3 The soft spot can handle some handling
Some people are terrified of this specific spot, mainly because there’s nothing there. The soft spot is located on the top of the baby’s head that allows the baby to move along the birth canal. You wouldn’t need to worry, it’s alright to touch or comb the baby’s hair on top of it.
#4 She’ll let you know if she’s getting enough food
Babies need to eat every two to three hours a day, however if you’re breastfeeding, it’s kinda tricky to know how much she’s getting. The best way to know is to check on her weight.
#5 Dry skin is normal for newborns
In the beginning, he might have feel soft and silky, although you really don’t have to do anything of the skin but if you’re worried, you could put baby lotion minus the fragrance. And he’ll might also have diaper rash, baby acne and little pink bumps but it won’t be life threatening.
#6 You don’t have to hole up at home
You can still lead a normal life but remember where your priorities lie upon. Avoid from bringing the baby out under the sun or around sick people. And advice your children to only touch the feet and not the hands and face to prevent infection.
#7 Babies cry a lot – that’s how they communicate!
You can’t expect your baby to talk to you once they’re out right? Or you’d freak out. So the only they want to make you understand them is by crying. Their cries could mean they’re hungry, or need their diapers to be changed or just want to be held. It’ll be a frustrating process but in time you’ll understand better.
#8 Newborns also sleep a lot – but not for long stretches
A baby usually sleeps for six to eight hours until they reach three months of age. While you’re at it, try to get your baby on a correct sleeping schedule: no snooze during the day and for night schedule: no snoozing not more than 3 hours without alerting him for feeding. At night, you can let him sleep as long as he wants.