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9 Essential Things You Need to Know About Newborns

#1 Newborns look strange

Your baby may look a little squished and puffy; he or she did just pass through your birth canal. He or she just needs a few days to get used to the world. Babies are also covered in hair called lanugo.

#2 Expect nothing for at least 6 weeks

A baby’s early days consist of sleep, eating and dirty diapers. Expect no smiles, coos, thank you’s or anything of the sort basically. Your efforts aren’t lost though, the comfort and attachment you create in these early days is vital for their growth.

#3 Until the umbilical cord falls off, give only sponge baths

It will fall off faster if it stays dry. Newborns don’t get particularly dirty; they are usually in your arms or in a crib. As with any scab, the cord may bleed mildly. Don’t freak out as its normal, however, if the navel smells foul, call the doctor.

#4 Your baby’s soft spot can be handled

The soft spot terrifies most people. This is an opening in the skull which allows your baby to get out of the birth canal. It’s okay to touch the spot and the hair around it.

It pulsates because of the blood vessels over the brain.

#5 Babies will let you know when they are hungry

Its hard to know how much milk your baby is drinking when you’re breastfeeding. Babies eat on  average every 3 hours. One or two stools and five to six wet diapers  a day can serve as a gauge.

Newborns lose up to 5% of their birth weight in the first week but should gain it back by the second or third week. This weight loss is usually scary for first time parents.

#6 Dry skin is normal

Dry skin will flake and peel, you don’t need to do anything about it. Pink bumps, baby acne and diaper rash are also common with newborns.

If you are particularly concerned, reach for hypoallergenic, fragrance free baby lotion. Baby acne lasts a few months and sets in after the first month.

#7 You don’t have to be locked up at home

You can go out into the world but be sensible. Avoid sick people, keep the sun away from your baby and teach children to touch the baby’s feet rather than face and hands so as to prevent infections. Do not allow people to touch your baby before washing their hands.

#8 Babies cry-  A lot

This is the only way babies can communicate so try not to get frustrated. You will soon learn what the piercing scream mean.

#9 Babies grow up quick

Time flies quickly and you’ll soon be missing those days when your baby could fit in your arms. Enjoy your baby and love the time you have together.

 

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If you enjoyed this article read our other articles on parenting:

Things To Do With a Newborn

 

First published at parents.com

 

Leah

Founder at LetuKenya
Leah was born and raised in Kenya. She has a degree in psychology and divides her time between article writing, blogging and creating original African pieces. She provides her writing services independently and can be found odesk. When she isn’t hunched over a computer, she’s out being inspired by nature.

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