Your first day with baby might be a bit overwhelming. You’ll wonder if you’re doing everything correctly. You’ll wonder if everything is happening as it is supposed to, or if something is wrong. You’ll be calling your family and Googling all sorts of questions. Here’s what you can expect in your first 24 hours with your new baby.
You’ll be feeding a LOT.
Because newborns are so tiny, they need to eat small meals regularly. You’ll feed your baby one to three ounces every couple hours, or more. There’s no such thing as “eating too much” at this stage; feed whenever she wants it. She’ll actually lose a bit of weight over the first couple weeks, but you want that back quickly, so feed her up.
You’ll be very interested in her diaper contents.
You’re about to have more conversations about pee and poop than you ever imagined, especially during the first couple days when you’re still figuring it out. You’re Google history is going to gain searches like, “Is my baby’s poop supposed to be seedy?” Newborns will wet five or more diapers per day, perhaps ten. You’ll want to keep track of her schedule so you can monitor for disruptions.
Oh, and the first poops will be black and tar-like. That’s normal.
You’ll think your baby isn’t a crier.
During the first few days, your baby will sleep a lot. She’ll wake to eat and fall right back asleep. You’ll congratulate yourself on producing a gentle, polite little angel, but that phase passes. After the first week, babies cry as much as two hours per day. Remember: cries, screeches, wails and tears are her only methods of expression. Find her need, meet it, and she’ll calm down.
Swaddling will put her right to sleep.
Remember, your baby just left a world of snug security. By mimicking that environment, you’ll calm her right down. It also reduces the effect of her startle reflex so she doesn’t jerk awake. You’ll be amazed how effective it is. Use a quality baby swaddle so she can’t break out and wake herself up too early.
You’ll skip the cute outfits.
Fun and fancy clothes will be the last thing on your mind after the seventh diaper and only 3 in the afternoon. You’ll want items that are easy to change and cheap enough to toss away if they get soiled.
Things won’t be as they “should be.”
There’s no right way to parent. Everyone has a different style. Children are surprisingly resilient, so you’re unlikely to mess up your kid for life over one mistake. Don’t get upset because your baby isn’t sleeping “on schedule” (as if that means anything) or pooping the right color. Cut you and your baby some slack as you both adjust to the new situation.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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