First Week With Baby

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As your due date draws near, a whole range of emotions pop up. You’ll  be relieved, anxious, and excited all at once. But if this is your first child, uncertainty may be in the mix, too. We’ve put together some tips to help you get through the first week with your new baby.



Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, expect to do so about every 2 hours. Have a snack and a book, magazine, or the remote in reach because it can take up to an hour. Always burp your baby after feeding. If you are planning on breastfeeding, consult a lactation consultant or nursing class before you leave the hospital—they’re usually provided to you without having to ask, though .



During the first week, sponge bathe your baby because umbilical cord has to dry out for it to fall off. You only need to bathe them a maximum of three times a week. Before washing, test the water on your wrist to make sure it’s not too hot. Wash fingers, toes, and the area the diaper covers. Keep them warm during bathing, cover the rest of their body with a towel.




Your baby will be sleeping for most of the time during the first week, but it will be in short segments. However, getting up multiple times a night means that you won’t be getting very much, so be sure to rest when the baby sleeps. During nighttime diaper changes and feedings, try not to wake the baby too much so that they can get back to sleep more quickly. Most importantly, make sure to put baby to sleep on their back so that they can breathe properly.



The key to calming your newborn baby in the first week is to create conditions that mimic the womb. Holding them on their side is also soothing. Play soft music and make sure they are warm enough. A good rule of thumb is to add an extra layer more than you are wearing. 


Now that you have a better idea of how to get through your first week as a new parent, you can spend more time being excited for baby to get here. When the time finally comes, remember that this a new experience for you. Be kind with yourself as you learn the ropes.


By: Alecia Stanton

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