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The first month of a baby’s life is full of new experiences. Though busy all the time with the two main activities: sleep and breastfeeding, baby slowly starts to form his routine. Let us talk about health and development of 0-1 month’s baby.
Welcome home, baby love!
The first month is the month of celebrations. There’s no doubt that as a mother you are tired; tired after delivering a baby. Emotional ups and downs and pain; everything is perfectly acceptable.
After nine months of waiting, now you can actually feel those tiny hands and fingers of your newborn. You can now examine carefully whether your baby’s nose resembles with yours or your husband’s.
Do not worry, if you see your newborn with asymmetric head, puffy eyes, pressed nose and a little swelling in genitals. Also, do not panic about your baby’s skin, red spots on the forehead and eyelids.
All newborns look like this because they have spent a long time in the fluid. In no time, say a few days, you will see that your newborn will have his perfect skin; soft and smooth. In the first month, you need to be very careful about certain things.
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In few early days newborns keep their eyes closed. But later you will notice certain moments in their eyes. Same happened in my daughter’s case as well.
But, after a few days, the child will keep his eyes open and for a longer duration. In the first month, a newborn can see up to 20 to 25 cm away. This is the distance at which he can see the face and can focus at his mommy when she breastfeeds him.
I remember, my husband and I and used to make funny faces and different gestures when talking to our newborn. But, she barely used to respond.
The infant spends most of the day and night time sleeping. Specifically, at this age, the baby sleeps about 15-16 hours a day.
Sleep patterns during this period is chaotic, but it is recommended to start organized hours of sleep so you can create a stable routine sleep.
No matter how much you are prepared as a new parent, but I am sure you are not ready enough to hear the crying of a newborn. During first few months, you can expect a lot of crying.
Each newborn behaves so differently. It is observed that on an average newborn spend 7% of their day crying. Do not panic because crying is an involuntary response to something that causes them discomfort.
Here are few reasons behind their crying –
- Is he hungry; do check when a child had his last time?
- Is he wet – It’s time to check the diaper?
- Is he having gas in the stomach and crying of pain?
- Is he sleepy?
- Is it too much excitement around him?
- Is is expecting your presence near him?
Here is how to decode their crying –
- Crying because of hunger – crying becomes louder and stronger.
- Crying because of some discomfort – crying is rhythmic, but more intense
- Crying because of pain – crying is more likely screaming, which is followed by periods of silence and continued with waves of screams.
And, at the end of the first month, you will become an expert about his crying sound. You will be able to know how to make a newborn feel comfortable? Whether he likes to be held, or he is happy with a pacifier as well.
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5Tips for Parents
We all know that in the womb babies have their feed through the blood vessels of the umbilical cord. The link between the placenta and the baby is through this umbilical cord.
Although immediately after birth, the umbilical cord is attached by a clip, and then cut. It is a normal procedure and you should not worry. However, you need to be very careful about the cord that remains after splitting- umbilical cord.
You are not supposed to do anything with this other than keeping it safe and dry from any sort of infection. You need to closely monitor this because it could expose the infant to the risk of bleeding and infection.
This month you will become an expert in your child’s care, to an extent. Develop strategies to help your child as much, satisfying his needs better.
We believe that every child is unique. Regardless of how your child goes through the stages of development, he has to follow the path of development.