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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My Baby – Week 1

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  1. Profile photo of Tyisha Tyisha says:

    I think I’m still pregnant, so my baby isn’t one week old yet

    • Profile photo of Megan KlayEditor Megan Klay says:

      Hi Tyisha – You can go into your profile to update baby’s birth date once he/she arrives. You can do this by hovering over your name in the upper right-hand corner of the page and selecting ‘Edit My Profile’ in the drop down. Best wishes for a safe and smooth labor and delivery!

  2. Profile photo of asli asli says:

    I give birth to my little boy on Sunday 19 of July 2015 I was 39 weeks and 1day I am so pleased that I had him

  3. Profile photo of Nadege Nadege says:

    I gave birth to my 8.1lbs, 21.75in baby boy on November 7, 2014 at 41weeks. The Dr had to induced me, little man had no intention on coming out on his own. It was a long 9months pregnancy for me, was on pain medications the last trimester. Such a relief now! !

  4. Profile photo of Shavina Shavina says:

    We welcomed our greatest joy, Elijah James, 2 weeks earlier than expected. I’m so excited and can’t describe the with words the joy, love that goes through me. This has truly been my blessing (along with my wonderful husband ).

  5. My Daughter Ruby Marie<3 was born on July 24, 2014 @ 6:11 a.m . weighing 5lbs 11.5 ozs 18.5" she is absolutely thee most beautiful little girl I have ever set my eyes on, she is a true blessing. me & my husband are very excited to FINALLY have our little one here..

  6. Profile photo of CieJay CieJay says:

    Had my little boy on Jun 27th, 2014 via c-section after being induced for 2 days. He weighed 9lbs, 9oz, and 22in long. We are so in love and don’t remember what it was like without him in our lives.

  7. Profile photo of stella stella says:

    I have not yet put to bed. My EDD was 17. I pray to have a natural labour soon

  8. Profile photo of Amy Amy says:

    My son Colton Ryder was born on Friday February 21, 2014 at 11:19 p.m. He weighed 7lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 inches long. He is absolutely perfect! I never knew that my heart was capable of feeling so much love! He is the best thing that has ever happened to me! Truly amazing and a precious gift from God 🙂 I love him more than life itself and now that he is here I feel as if my life is complete! Things in life that I used to consider important are nothing compared to the love I feel for my son! Before I was only existing and now I feel as if I am truly living! Other moms out there understand the fact that I can’t stop smiling 🙂 All I want to do from here on out is give this little boy unconditional love and the best life I possibly can 🙂

    • Profile photo of Meshia Meshia says:

      My son Malek Penro was also born on February 21, 2014 and he weighed 6lbs and 7ozs and I can’t imagine my life without him I don’t know how I ever made it without him.

  9. Profile photo of Alana says:

    Every time I change Izzy’s diaper she smiles!! It’s adorable 😀

  10. Profile photo of Sonya Sonya says:

    Just gave birth to Mason Kai on December 19th, one month shy of his due date. 4lbs. 10oz, 18in. long. Hoping he gets to come home today! 🙂

  11. Profile photo of Timothy Timothy says:

    we just can’t wait to see baby Meeka

  12. Profile photo of Joshua Joshua says:

    my girl was here 11/11/13

  13. Profile photo of Danielle Danielle says:

    Had my baby boy at 10:05 Oct 16, 2013. he likes sleeping through the day and gets fussy at night!!What do I do?

    • Profile photo of Alana says:

      Some things you can try are: Feeding him at night, nursing, rocking, swaddling, a pacifier, sound machines, and bouncing. When your baby is 3 months, 12 weeks, and weighs 12 pounds, your baby will learn to fall asleep and go to sleep better. Hope this helped!!! 🙂

  14. Had my princess @ 319 am today

  15. my baby is so adorable. and was actually born on her due date *shocker to me*, but I love it:)

  16. Profile photo of aznheart408 aznheart408 says:

    I just had my precious son at 37 weeks and 2 days.

  17. Profile photo of Bree Bree says:

    i still have 3 more month to go…. .i so can’t wait to hold our little Peanut in my arms <3

  18. Profile photo of maria maria says:

    my baby is now 1week old when he born he was 8lbs 15oz and he still gaining weight I love my baby prince…

  19. Profile photo of Asia Asia says:

    I delivered a healthy 6lb 11oz girl! At 38wks and 4 days…she is beautiful:)

  20. Profile photo of kaylee's kaylee's says:

    my baby is due in 4weeks i can’t wait to hold her in my arms 🙂

  21. I’m due in 4 days, and can’t wait to hold my lil man for the first time <3

  22. Profile photo of shaar shaar says:

    What is going on all most 41wk and no baby:(

  23. Profile photo of Eunice Eunice says:

    My motherlaw had to take her a sponge bath I’m to scare..

  24. Profile photo of TheSaneMom TheSaneMom says:

    They look so cute when they get their first bath 🙂

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