3 Questions You’ll Have in Baby’s First Week Home

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No matter how much research you've done or how prepared you think you are, bringing your brand new baby home is likely to bring some stressful moments — especially during that first week.

In your first week home with your baby, you'll probably spend hours staring down at your little one, amazed at how beautiful he or she is. You'll also probably spend hours staring down at them with total fear and confusion, hoping you're doing everything right.

In time, you'll become a pro at all the day-to-day tasks of having a baby, but in those first few weeks, it's totally normal for you to be surprised by what it means to actually have a baby. Click through to see answers to the questions almost all new parents find themselves asking soon after they bring their baby home.

Is it normal that they're eating this often?

Newborns seem to eat with an almost impossible frequency. Most newborn babies will eat every two to three hours (that's 8-12 feeds per day if you're counting), but it's not uncommon for them to eat even more frequently in their first few weeks.

Though it's tough to keep up with their feedings in the early weeks of their lives, those feedings will start to space out as their tummies get bigger. Hang in there, Mama!

{ MORE: What Do You Tell Your Child About Their New Special Sibling? }

Is it normal that they're crying this much?

When we're hot, we turn on the air conditioning; when we're cold, we get a blanket. If we're hungry, we eat; if we're tired, we go to bed. Not only are newborn babies totally incapable of doing those things themselves — they're also experiencing the discomforts of human life for the very first time.

In the womb, they were never hungry or cold or tired — it's no wonder, then, that babies tend to cry a lot early on. Crying is their only way to communicate with you, so try your best to keep your patience; however, don't be afraid to reach out to your doctor if it seems like your baby is in pain.

Is it normal that they're sleeping this much?

Though most new parents feel like they're getting almost no sleep, newborn babies actually sleep an average of 16 hours per day. Newborns are often only awake long enough between naps to eat, look around for a little while, and get a diaper change before they drift off again.

The reason that new parents have trouble sleeping is that those 16 hours are broken up into tiny one- and two-hour segments throughout the day, leaving little time for parents to get a good stretch of sleep when their baby does.

{ MORE: Co-Sleeping: The Leading Risk Factor for Sleep Related Infant Deaths }

What were your questions during those first few weeks?

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3 Questions You’ll Have in Baby’s First Week Home

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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