What to Expect When The Baby Arrives

The 9 month pregnancy period was a trying time, no doubt. But with the baby here, you will understand that the pregnancy period was preparing you for the biggest test you have taken in your life; which you will keep taking for a very long time to come. We’re not trying to scare you, though.

With the newborn in your arms, there are a lot of questions that will arise in your head. In this blog, we will discuss most of those concerns. For more information, visit Little Angel Baby Clothes.

Common Issues and Concerns:

Baby’s Breathing:

You need to notice how your baby is breathing in the first few weeks after being born; rapid raspy breathing can mean the little one has respiratory problems that need to be tested. 60 breaths per minute are normal and pauses of 4-6 seconds are normal as well. Just look out for breathing problems and if they happen at one specific moment and then speak with the baby’s pediatrician to have a check-up.

Bathing and Cleaning:

A newborn needs to be bathed only once or twice a week. They’re extremely sensitive inside out and we don’t need them contracting cold or infections due to a strict clean-up routine. Bathe them in a bowl or tiny tub. Hold them carefully while you do so. Wash them using a soft sponge or towel and make sure you are cleaning all the small tiny spots as well. Milk splotched at the corners of their mouth can result in rashes so clean their lips properly to avoid that from happening. 

Don’t bathe them right after feeding but make sure they’re not hungry while they’re being cleaned up.  The room should be warm and the little one has to be under proper supervision, not to be left alone for even a second. Clean them using baby shampoo and soap, only once per week; steer clear of their eyes and nose. Also, keep a check on their tiny nails; they might seem too small but they are very prone to getting dirty (for no reason!). 

What To Do When The Baby Cries?

The baby doesn’t learn how to talk until they’re 2-3 years old. Until then, the only way for them to communicate is by crying in order to gain your attention. When they cry, you need to check whether they’re hungry, or maybe something’s bothering them i.e. they’re ill or have an ache at some part of their body. In these cases, it gets hard to figure out what to do, especially if they’ve been crying more than usual. There are a few tips you could try to find out what’s wrong:

  • Try out new positions of rocking the baby, sometimes they need a comfortable position in your arms and they can’t find it which stimulates crying. 
  • Speak and sing to them, listening to your voice can be reassuring for them.
  • Check whether they need a change in diapers.
  • Offer them something to suck on, teething babies usually need something to suck on to calm their itching gums. 
  • Try to make them go to sleep; sometimes they just need some proper cuddling and whispering to be soothed.

If none of this works, contact someone with expertise to check whether the baby has any pain either in their ear or back, etc. This expert can be anyone from your close circle who has kids of their own i.e. your mother, siblings, friends, etc.

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No matter the reason for them to cry, make sure you always tend to them. Psychologically speaking, this builds trust in the newborn. They learn that their parents/caretakers are always ready to tend to their needs, and when they get this reassurance they grow up to become trusting adults. You won’t spoil the child by tending to their cries, you’ll just teach them to feel secure.

Baby’s Sleep Schedule:

Perhaps one of the most difficult times after delivery is when the baby keeps waking you up at night for feeding. This is what we warned you about in previous blogs: to get as much sleep as possible before the baby is born. But no matter how much the little one wakes up at night, your job is to make sure to establish a proper schedule so that he/she learns early on that this is the time to sleep and not to play.

  • Make a routine of playing, strolling and feeding at specific periods of time every day.
  • Make sure your baby doesn’t get a nap just before midnight; that will be your own undoing if he decides to wake up in the middle of the night because he’s already had a fulfilling sleep.
  • Condition your baby to associate their crib with sleeping; placing him inside the crib while drowsy will make him eventually learn that on his own.
  • Wrap your baby properly enough for it to not be too tight but also not too loose. A properly swaddled baby has a better time sleeping, and it protects him from waking up from sudden movements.
  • Check up on him as soon as he starts crying at night so that it doesn’t develop into a bawl, and keep the feeding time brief without any talking or playing. 
  • The quieter the environment, the more quickly the baby will fall asleep; the baby isn’t disturbed by noise this early but that can become a problem as the little one develops a habit of not sleeping unless he listens to some forms of noise.

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We don’t promise that the baby won’t disturb you at night; he will, especially in the beginning. But it’s you and your partner’s responsibility to form a routine for the baby to learn. The sooner he learns that certain tasks are done at certain periods of time, the better his schedule will develop and the more peaceful your life will become. 

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Taking Care of Your Own Schedule:

Taking care of a newborn is a difficult task without even bringing into the picture the physical trauma and pains your body just went through to deliver your little one. Recovering from those pains and wounds AND tending to the baby’s needs can feel like being asked too much more often than not. In such cases, you need to make sure of the following:

Get Sleep: 

It’s absolutely necessary for you to sleep as soon as your baby falls asleep so that you get your own share of rest as well. Being sleepless in this phase is going to make your job fifty times harder than it already is. Make sure your spouse and other members of the family keep a check on the baby even if you’re not present so that you can have your sleep without worrying about the baby.

Take Help From Your Partner:

You need to make sure your partner is helping out with all the baby’s chores and tasks so that you’re not alone at taking care of him. If he has to be rocked in the middle of the night and you can’t get up, your partner should. If the baby needs feeding while you’re asleep, prepare a bottle ready for your partner to take care of it. If the baby needs attention, you shouldn’t be the only one providing it. If the baby gets overly attached to you and refuses to go to even his/her father, that is definitely going to cause problems. And also, someone else preparing your meals for you while you’re tending to the baby isn’t going to hurt.

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Take Care of Your Diet:

Eat properly and take your supplements on time. If you have depression or stress medications, take them as well. If you’re breastfeeding and worried that the pills will be dangerous for the baby, more anti-depressants don’t have such side effects to bother your baby through your milk production but double-check them with your primary physician. Your proper well-being is key to developing your baby’s positive well-being.

Keep the Baby Close to You:

We know we said you need others to take care of the baby when you’re not available, but just listening to your voice soothes the baby in a better way than anyone else. Buy Baby Carriers to hold the baby with you while you work. Being close to you satisfies them more than anything else and develops a strong trusting bond as well.

Give Yourself Space:

It’s one of the most exhausting jobs to take care of a child, if not the most exhausting. So give yourself time and space, take regular breaks, go out for a walk when possible, watch an episode of your favorite sitcom, take time out for your favorite activity e.g, reading two pages of a book, sitting out in the evening, or maybe even just taking a small nap. It’s necessary to give yourself space for you to properly take care of the baby.

Common Queries:

Although the baby’s pediatrician and your doctor will answer most of your questions, you are still going to have a lot to learn after the baby comes home. A few of the most asked questions have been answered below. We hope they help with your curiosity. 

When Does the Umbilical Cord Get Removed?

Although the longer cord has been cut, the leftover part will still be attached to the baby’s belly button for some days after he’s born. And the black color will seem too suspicious. But don’t worry about it, the cord will fall off on its own. In the meanwhile, try not to disturb it. Bathe the baby using towels and sponges and don’t touch that part, also tie the diapers below the cord so as to not touch it.

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Why Does the Baby Spit Out Everything He/She is Fed?

This isn’t something to worry about unless the baby is throwing up too much. Keep clothes and diapers ready to have him changed. As soon as the baby is fed, hold him in an upright position and keep rubbing his back while rocking him in your arms. The spit-up is common but not something to worry about. 

Is it Normal for Baby’s Poop to be Black?

A newborn’s poop changes color from black to blackish green, to several other shades of green to yellow, from runny to curdy. As nauseating as this may sound, just know that it’s all normal. One added plus for early breastfeeders is: the poop doesn’t smell too much (usually!). 

When to Seek Medical Help?

The baby will have his regular check-ups in the first six months after delivery, but if there is a problem that hasn’t been checked upon, you need to immediately visit the newborn’s primary pediatrician. This mostly includes breathing problems. The doctor will try and take care of it with nebulation. But even if that doesn’t work, then he can be taken to a special care unit for further tests and treatments. Don’t worry though, just be there to take care of him through it all. 

The first few weeks after delivery are perhaps the hardest. There is no easy solution to everything you’re about to experience but it is worth every struggle. You are also going to get a lot of unsolicited advice and suggestions on how you should be taking care of the baby. And it will all seem overwhelming at times, but remember to go with your gut and what you have learned instead of just listening to everyone. And if someone feels like arguing with you, present them with all the scientific evidence you have to support your methods. Just do what’s best for you and your baby, the advice won’t ever stop coming but you can learn to ignore it.

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Comments (1)
February 22, 2020

Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

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