My Baby – Week 2
Hello, new moms and dads! You've made it through your hospital stay and the trip home, possibly through your first pediatrician visit. Hopefully, you are beginning to feel like you are getting into a groove with this baby thing. It may seem that all that means is feeding, changing diapers, napping, and repeating – all day, and all night. At this point, your little one doesn't have the energy for much more. Her body is adjusting to the sudden changes in the world around her. She went from being squished in a nice, warm, gently rocking space, where food was a 24-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet, and all of her needs were constantly met.
If you have a baby with colic, or your baby seems to be crying more than expected, be sure to mention it at your baby’s first check-up. Some babies may need to switch formulas or may be sensitive to a food you are eating if you are breastfeeding. Babies, like adults, have different needs, to be sure to talk to your baby’s pediatrician if you are concerned.
Your baby's second week at home should be similar to his first week. You guessed it, lots of sleep. You may have even noticed that while loud noises, like the phone ringing or a dog barking, may startle him, he does not wake up. His eyesight is still fuzzy because babies are born nearsighted, and can only see things about 8 to 15 inches away. So stay close!
How is tummy time going? Have you heard of tummy time? Because your newborn is no doubt spending most of her time on her back, it's important to start incorporating some tummy time into her day, when she is awake. Tummy time is important because it will help strengthen her back and neck. In fact, some experts have found that babies who don't spend time face down have delays in the development of motor skills.
If your baby doesn't like spending time on his stomach, don't worry. It's common for babies to fuss a bit during tummy time. It's a new position, he may not be strong enough to hold his head up, and he may feel abandoned if he can't see anyone. Try these tips to make tummy time more enjoyable:
- Keep him company. Get down there with them and make sure your baby can see, hear, or feel you.
- Provide some entertainment – prop up a picture book or a toy within the field of vision.
- Have siblings nearby. This is a great reinforcement for older siblings too. They can be the official tummy time monitor. Not only does this give them what may be their first official task as a new sibling, it may make your new little one more comfortable.
- Feed on demand. Her tiny tummy can't hold much, but she is still growing and gaining quickly. She many want to eat often and it may take her quite a while to do so. A breastfed baby might take 30 – 45 minutes to eat, and then want to feed again after only a 30 minute nap. These frequent feeds will help you to build your supply, and help her to do all that important growing. Other babies will be happy to eat, and then take a nice long nap, forcing you to wake them to eat again two or three hours later. This is also normal. As long as you are working in 10 to 12 feedings in a 24-hour period, and she is having plenty of wet and dirty diapers, you are on the right track. If you have concerns, or just feel that things aren't right, check with your pediatrician or a lactation consultant.