Baby’s Development – Week 1
Congratulations! Your little beauty is finally here. This is an extraordinary time, full of wonder and joy. Eat well, sleep when you can, and enjoy this incredible time. Remember, your baby recognises your voice, so talking to her will help her adjust well into her new world.
Newborn baby checks
Immediately after birth, your doctor or midwife will carry out an extensive list of checks on your baby to ensure she’s in perfect health. This is standard, and will ensure that your baby gets a clear bill of health before heading home to start her new life.
To breastfeed or bottle-feed?
Choosing to breastfeed or bottle-feed is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make as a new parent. It can be quite a contentious issue – some moms who choose not to breastfeed, for whatever reason, can feel terribly guilty and pressurised. While there’s no doubt that breastfeeding is best for you and your baby from a health-perspective, there are reasons why some women can’t, or choose not to breastfeed. You should feel supported no matter what method you choose. If you’ve chosen to breastfeed, here are a few tips on getting started. Whatever method you choose, remember to supplement the feeds with Vitamin D.
Taking care of your baby
Looking after and getting to know your newborn can be overwhelming for new parents. Unless you’ve had experience looking after babies, then absolutely everything is new – from breastfeeding, preparing bottles and winding, to changing nappies and ‘top and tailing’ this tiny being. While it will all be second nature in no time, these guidelines on how to care for a newborn will ease the passage somewhat.
Recovering from birth
Having a baby is such an exciting time. But as a new mom, you’re also likely to feel exhausted, emotionally drained, teary, sore from the birth and a little overwhelmed at the whole experience. Taking care of yourself is extremely important at this stage; both for you and your baby.
While jaundice in newborns can look a little alarming, as it gives babies’ skin and the whites of their eyes a yellow tinge, it’s quite common and mostly harmless. It happens when babies are unable to secrete the chemical ‘bilirubin’ fast enough as their liver and intestines may not be fully developed. It usually occurs within a few days of birth and disappears again within a few days.
If your baby has arrived early, you’re most likely in shock…and have dozens of questions. If your little one was premature, she’s likely to have a low birth weight, and so feeding your premature baby will differ from feeding a full term baby. Taking home your premature baby can leave you feeling frightened and overwhelmed, but your health carers should ensure that you’re fully equipped to care for your little wonder.