Welcome to the life of newborn. Being in the postpartum stage with a newborn can be exciting and exhausting. This is the same whether this is your first baby or your fourth baby or your tenth baby if you decide to have that many. I am sharing some tips that can help when you are in this newborn stage.
9 Tips for the Newborn Stage
1.Learn your newborn hungry cues.
- Fists moving to mouth
- Baby makes mmmmm sounds, sucking on hands or lip smacking
- Head turning to look for the breast
- Opening and closing mouth
2. Learn the reasons your newborn is crying. Your baby is usually crying for a few reason – they are hungry, they need a diaper change, they want to be held or they maybe tired (and need rest). Swaddling can be your best friend since it mimics the womb.
3. Use a sound machine if your baby has trouble sleeping. Your newborn should easily fall asleep. In fact, they should be sleeping 16-17 hrs a day. If they are not getting close to that, try a sound machine to help them fall asleep easier.
4. Have a bag of extras in the car. We have talked about baby baskets around the house to make your life easier so you have something similar in the car. This bag (which can be a bag ziplock bag) should have extra clothes for you and baby, pacifier, diapers and such.
5. Learn your baby’s cues to help create their schedule. The first 3-4 weeks, your schedule can be all over the place but there are cues your newborn gives to let them know when they are hungry or tired. This cues will help you figure out their schedule. Check out this sample newborn schedule.
6. Just a few crib notes. Use a heating pad to warm up the crib bed before you lay your baby down (remove the heating pad before you lay your baby down.) Babies love warmth. Also layer your crib. It’s easier to take sheets off than to change sheets.Put on water proof mattress pad first, then sheet, another mattress pad then place one more sheet on top.
7. Use your scent. Your scent is soothing to your baby and they want to be near you. So, take a shirt that have been wearing and lay near the crib or bassinet. Leave it with dad or the babysitter. They will thank you for this lifesaver.
8. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding – have a basket of all the needed items. We discussed want you want in a breastfeeding basket and breastfeeding hacks.
9. Work as a team with your partner. Accept help that helpful. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Ignore unwanted advice and maybe some house cleaning too or ask the friends who ask what do you need help with help with simple cleaning like laundry and dishes. It takes a village.
I hope you found these tips to be helpful and useful. Have a tip that you thought was great during the newborn stage, please comment below and share!
Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.