How to survive the first few weeks of being a mom
The transition to motherhood can be overwhelming, to say the least. If you're feeling unprepared or uncertain about what to expect, don't worry – you're definitely not alone. In this post, we'll outline some tips for surviving the first few weeks of being a mom. Keep reading to learn more!
When your baby is examined at the hospital, they will show you any obvious curiosities (for example birthmarks or a pointy head shape). But after going home it's possible that some unexpected sights and sounds may come up; most of these are normal.
The Umbilical Cord
The stump of the cord may seem like an unwieldy and black object for such a tiny infant. This is normal; it will disengage within three weeks! Keep baby's toys clean (fold diapers down clear) and dry (give them sponge baths).
The Spit Up
Don't worry, just keep lots of cloth diapers at the ready. The American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Caring for Your Baby and Young Child offers two ways to diminished returns - burping your baby every three or five minutes while she eat and putting them in an upright position after feeding her with one that fits well is important so they don’t get too ripe! You can also hold him/her if it comes naturally :)
When a baby's first poop is blackish green, it can be alarming. But don't worry! This is all normal and will eventually change into shades of yellow or brown as well pasty consistency if you continue breastfeeding for another few months- it usually doesn’t smell either way though (a bonus).
You will be able to hear your baby's Every breath! You won't believe how close you'll get while craning down between their legs. Any fewer than 60 breaths per minute is normal, and they might also take breaks of about six seconds each time before getting back up again- Dr Barton says that this could mean there are problems with either asthma or allergies because these two conditions can cause shortness of breath .
When you bath a newborn, it's important that they are clean from top to bottom. The best way of doing this is by either wetting down their head and face with water or holding them inside one big bowl while washing away any dirt on each arm separately so all parts get cleaned equally well- no matter what method I use though there are some other tips which can help me achieve my goal as parent!
Bath time might seem challenging at first but once we've gotten used to how much work goes into caring for these little ones our efforts will become less daunting every day
When it's time for your baby girl’s bath, make sure you have everything ready. The room should be warm and the water no deeper than her shoulders so that she can still lay comfortably while getting cleaned up inside-including underarms! You may need two cups (or one large pot) if their size dictates an extra filling session or lessening how often they need shampooing at all; just keep an eye on levels according Shampooing Instructions below). Add some natural oils like olive oil onto hand before reaching into sink--it'll help soften hair cuts without adding weight
Getting Through the Night
Newborns need to be fed often, which is one reason they wake so frequently. Still it's possible for you and your whole household can start on the same schedule with some careful planning!
- Try to establish a routine early on, such as bathing at about the same time every day. This will help you feel refreshed and ready for whatever life throws your way!
- Put your baby in the crib while drowsy, this way he learns to fall asleep on his own and associates being put into bed with happy feelings.
- Swaddle him. The movements of an unswaddled baby may startle and awaken him, so you want to keep your little one securely wrapped at night in order reduce the risk for SIDS ( sudden infant death syndrome). Keep them face up with their arms above head if possible- this reduces what's called occult sleepers where they could turn on themselves while sleeping!
You can help your baby sleep better by keeping night feedings as sleepy and brief. When he cries, go right over to him so that you have time for a quick fix before bedtime! Do not play or talk while giving the breast in order to make sure it's only awake enough energy levels will last until morning comes around again
Calming a Crying Baby
What's he/she telling you with those eyes? Is it hunger, distress over temperature or light levels; perhaps a need to be changed? If so then what can we do as parents to better understand this language of infants - partly because they're actually very expressive in how much emotion gets communicated through tears (which also pass communication along).
If you've run this gauntlet and put things right and she's still inconsolable:
1. Check to see if the baby is hungry, wet, or needs a diaper change
2. Try to comfort the baby by patting them on the back or rubbing their back
3. Place the baby in a quiet and dark room for a few minutes
4. Sing or talk quietly to the baby
5. Take the baby for a walk outside
6. Give the baby a pacifier or bottle if they are old enough
What to Do for Yourself
Many women experience a dip in their self-esteem after giving birth. The physical recovery from childbirth, along with sleep deprivation can conspire to make big dents on your maternal sense of worthiness - especially if you were previously independent! But don't worry because there are ways for new mothers (and fathers) alike get back into shape quickly so they too may enjoy the joys that come with being fully functioning adults again
The best way I know how? Try these five tips:
1. Get plenty of rest - your body and mind need it
2. Drink lots of fluids, especially water
3. Eat healthy foods to give you energy and help with milk production
4. Take a break when you can, even if it's just for five minutes
5. Connect with other moms, either in person or online
6. Accept help from others whenever possible
Hang in There
Conclusion paragraph: The first six weeks can be a real trial. You and your baby are getting to know each other, and you and your partner are adjusting to your new roles. But hold on to the thought that right around that six-week mark you will be rewarded with one of the most gratifying milestones in your entire parental career--your baby will beam a genuine smile at you. Yes! And until then, don't forget to take advantage of organic drops and balms by Calm-A-Mama which can help soothe both you and your little one during this time.