My Baby – Week 1

Congratulations! You did it! Those long months of pregnancy are behind you and you’ve welcomed your little one into the world. Even with the most routine labor and delivery, you may still be feeling exhausted, sore, exhilarated, and overwhelmed. In a moment, everything has changed and this new person, who can barely seem to stay awake, has become the most fascinating thing you could imagine. Enjoy these first days of inspecting her tiny fingers and toes, watching for those twitching sleep smiles, and cuddling your little bundle of joy.

You may be surprised to find that your new baby is just as exhausted as you are. In fact, newborns only spend 10 percent of their time awake.

Your baby should be sleeping most of the time. Diaper changes are frequent, as are feedings; so, what should you be concerned about? While most babies spit up, if you think your baby is spitting up frequently, this may be a sign of acid reflux and is something you can speak with your physician about. Also, pay attention to your baby’s color. You may have heard of babies being “”jaundiced.”” Jaundice is caused by excess bilirubin in the bloodstream. If your baby looks more yellow than when you brought him home from the hospital, speak with your physician about some simple treatments to help.

Your baby’s arms and legs might not fully extend, even looking scrunched up, for a while – she was inside of your uterus not too long ago! It takes time, but don’t worry. Your baby will stretch out soon enough.

Sponge Baths
Some parents worry about their child’s first bath; but like most things in life, the key is preparation. Get everything ready before you start the bath, it will be both easier and safer. You should give your baby sponge baths until his umbilical cord falls off; and if your baby was circumcised, it’s important to stick with sponge baths until he has entirely healed. Even with a sponge bath, it’s important to test the temperature of the bath water with your wrist or elbow, because your baby can be scalded easily.

To give your child a sponge bath, prepare a bowl of warm water and a clean washcloth. Put the washcloth into the warm water then squeeze it out until it is just damp, not dripping. You can then use the washcloth to gently clean your baby behind her ears, between fingers and toes, and anywhere that her diaper covers. Try to keep the parts of your baby you aren’t washing covered with a dry towel. This will help your baby stay warm during the bath.

Remember that newborns do not need a sponge bath every day, though you should keep their faces, necks, and bottoms clean whenever they are dirty.

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  1. Profile photo of Lilly Lilly says:

    Extended sponge baths won’t be necessary for boys if you let them keep their whole body. Research circumcision, you’ll be shocked at what you find. Check out Drmomma.org, thewholenetwork.org for good, factual information. It is completely cosmetic, and dangerous (more newborns die from circumcision in America than from car accidents and SIDS combined each year). Never pull back the foreskin of an intact boy. It is fused, much like your fingernail to your finger, and won’t naturally retract until later. Sometimes it stays fused until puberty! Early retraction is often the cause of the infections and problems people associate with intact boys. It causes pain and damage to the penis. With no retraction, intact boys do not get infections any more than cut boys, and ALL boys are at far less risk of infection than girls, yet we don’t cut them. Any infection that DOES occur can be treated easily with antibiotics or natural methods.

    • Profile photo of Susan Susan says:

      I had 3 boys and 1 girl…All were perfectly normal and healthy. My first son did not get a circumcision and wished I did get him one. It wasn’t hard at all to keep him clean, and pulling up the foreskin was easy. Only reason I wished I had gotten his circumcised is because as he got older and learned to do it himself, he got lazy, he didn’t clean himself right, I repeatly had to show him how to pull the foreskin back and how to clean, as he got older he got better about it, but he also wished he had his foreskin circumcised. My other two were fine. My daughter did well. All in all, things were good. Just FYI…

  2. Profile photo of JamJam JamJam says:

    I just cannot wait until my baby girl is here!

  3. Profile photo of JamJam JamJam says:

    yeah when you move the movements sooth your baby to sleep like a car ride does to an infant. but when you lay down they think ohhh its time to play and kick mommy in the guts now!!

  4. when your awake, your movements make baby tired and when your sleeping, baby will be active. thats what my mom told me.

  5. Profile photo of tiffany tiffany says:

    im loving spending time with my baby we both are getting to know each other

  6. Profile photo of Faleshia Faleshia says:

    my little boy has been smiling since he came out and let me tell you it melts my heart everytime!!!!!

  7. Profile photo of Brandy.Lee Brandy.Lee says:

    my baby girl is here…she was 8lbs/2oz and 19.5in long

  8. Profile photo of Brandy.Lee Brandy.Lee says:

    my little girl did the same thing…and she only wakes up 2 times at night ..it was worst when it was a full moon while i carried my little girl

  9. Profile photo of Brandy.Lee Brandy.Lee says:

    my cousin had deal with the same problem but 9 days after he due date she had her baby…hope all goes well

  10. Profile photo of Brandy.Lee Brandy.Lee says:

    i remember how that was…i was so scared giving my son his fist bath

  11. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    Gave my baby his first bath at home today…

  12. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    My baby was taking his time, but yesterday at 5:50 am labor finally progressed past braxton hicks, it went from nothing to 2 minutes appart, i wasn’t sure if it was labor really, but i was sure sort of so i said lets go, and it was. from the last of pain to finish was 1 hour and 50 minutes, trust me it seemed like forever during it.

  13. Profile photo of cvalle81 cvalle81 says:

    Still pregnant!! This baby does not want out!! Help!!

  14. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    Annabell loved her sponge baths and to be help close she is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me and I love her with all of my heart

  15. Profile photo of Jasmine Jasmine says:

    I am 25 weeks and my baby move ALOT and more frequently at night, does that mean she will be active, and more active at night? Im a little worried lol (In a good way)

  16. Profile photo of Shiloh JohnsonEditor Shiloh Johnson says:

    My daughter got hiccups all the time when she was in my tummy and for the first couple months afterwards. I asked her doctor about it, and he said it was absolutely nothing to worry about :-) As long as she didn’t seem bothered by then, he said not to worry.

  17. Profile photo of kfspear kfspear says:

    My baby gets hiccups several times a day. Anything to be worried about?

  18. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    I am so very excited I cant wait to have my baby he or she is already very active in my belly lol!

  19. I will love my baby.

  20. Profile photo of Sharee Sharee says:

    I can’t wait until i get to this stage. Hopefully my baby be a night sleeper

  21. Dont i know it. He responds to our voice’s with his facial expressions.

  22. Alexander love’s the bath so much he will scream if you take him out. His sign is the fire sign an Aries. I wouldn’t of thought he would act this way.

  23. There is so much to do with a new born. Bring it on

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