Almost all new babies do things that totally surprise (and often concern) their loving and, dare I say, slightly anxious, parents. Here’s a list based on what I’ve noted many of my postpartum (after birth) clients seem most concerned about:
2. poop —many, many times a day if they are breastfed and looks like nothing you’ve EVER seen.
3. fuss and cry a bit before they poop
4. wakes up the instant she is put down to sleep on her own
5. cries, cries, CRIES (make that SCREAMS) though a diaper change
6. cries, cries, CRIES (make that SCREAMS) through a bath
7. can NOT fall asleep on his own. Must be held, cuddled, rocked, nursed to sleep and only sleeps for long periods when in someone’s arms.
Congratulations. You have birthed a survivor! All of the above are perfectly normal newborn behaviors. So don’t freak out. (Do make a list for your doctor if you are concerned about any of the above.) Hold and swaddle your baby. Meet the needs he has NOW. ( Don’t worry about six months from now. Just get through today!) Snug up those newborn diapers until you can fit just one finger between your baby’s tummy and the waistband. Buy a wipe warmer. ( It really does help some babies deal with a diaper change better.) Don’t get rattled and for heaven’s sake, move quickly once you get the hang of the diaper change! Keep your baby in the same room where you sleep and he/she may just sleep better. Help your baby go back to sleep. Don’t try to keep your baby awake in hopes he’ll sleep better at night if he’s awake more in the day. Babies “work” exactly the opposite of that!!! Put him down for sleep when he shows tired signs. He needs LOTS of sleep as a newborn (16-18 hours per day!) Don’t bother to sponge bathe your baby too soon or too often. It’s as traumatic for your baby as it sounds! A quick hand and face wash with warm water after a day out or a trip to the doctor’s office will do until you can offer a soothing, warm bath in a warm room. And when you do bathe, use a non-toxic baby wash. (Find out which ones those are at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/browse/baby+soap/)
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So how many of these behaviors did YOUR new baby exhibit?