Your Baby's First Month
That first month home with baby is a transitioning time for both new parents as well as baby. If you are a first-time parent you probably have far more worries than moms with previous experience, however, each child is different and each experience varies. There are a few things that can almost be expected during that first month with your precious bundle of joy.
First of all, don’t expect to get a lot of sleep. Even when baby is peacefully resting it is hard to get any shut eye because you don’t want to take your eyes off of that little miracle you made. You’ll check a hundred times a day to make sure baby is still breathing. From putting your finger under his or her nose to startling him awake with a gentle nudge, you just want to know that things are okay! Your newborn will wake every two to four hours for a feeding on top of the never wanting to look away from your baby. Expect to be sleep deprived with bags under your eyes, but trust me when I say you wouldn’t change it for a thing in this world.
You will get a lot of advice from a lot of people. They’re all trying to help, but it can certainly be overwhelming, especially when you’re already worn out and tired. Listen, thank them and move on with life. Don’t dwell too much on what other people say. This will drive you mad! If you think that you have no idea what you are doing, just wait and it will come to you the very first time that you hold that beautiful creation. Each day will get easier, and you will feel more comfortable caring for baby. Cries will become familiar, and a bond that nothing in this world can break will be built.
Don’t expect your baby to be very active during the first month, and certainly do not expect her to set any important milestones. Those things come later in life. Right now baby is adjusting to the outside world and all of the new noises, feelings, sights and smells. Baby won’t be able to support his own head, so make sure that you hold it at all times. Baby should be placed on his or her tummy to help build these muscles, but always remember to put baby to sleep on his back to reduce the danger of SIDS. Babies typically sleep about 16 hours per day. The other 8 hours are spent cat-napping, eating and peeing and pooping while checking out all of these new faces and things in this world.
The first month is all about transition. Don’t expect too much and do not set your expectations to high. Give yourself time to recuperate from the experience of having a baby, and use the time exactly for its intended purpose – a time to get to know your baby better.