Newborn babies can be quite a challenge to parents. They are unfamiliar with the world, sleep and eat erratically and often suffer from colic. Here are some tips to help you through the very first weeks of parenthood.
On average, newborn babies cry and whinge for about three hours a day. Of course, all babies are different and all variables are also possible. The important part is to learn to know what your baby needs. Crying is a way for babies to communicate and when their tears are met with love and a cuddle, it helps the baby bond with the parents. With time, you will learn your baby’s cues and be able to figure out what’s causing the crying more easily.
Newborn feeding schedule
The regular phase is when the baby has 2-3 feeds over a 3-4 hour interval. The wakeful phase is when the baby is feeding often at 1-2 hour intervals over a period of 2-6 hours. The sleeping phase comes after the wakeful phase and is usually accompanied by 4-6 hours of deep sleep. If this stage occurs during the night – you are in luck! After the wakeful phase, it all starts over again with the regular phase.
Breastfeeding or bottle?
Newborn baby clothes
You probably already have a draw full of cute little jumpsuits and clothes for your baby but keep in mind how fast they are going to grow. In the first six weeks they won’t be doing much more than sleeping, feeding and pooping, so jump suits are ideal and make it easy to change the nappy. Make sure you have plenty of bibs to help keep baby clean and dry. Last but not least, in the first few months comfort should definitely come before fashion, so make sure you dress baby in comfortable, soft clothes.