We typically adhere to the idea that newborns only eat, sleep and cry. But the reality is that things aren’t as simple as all that; the first few days at home with your newborn can be an overwhelming experience.
That is why we offer you a simple guide to help you happily navigate through the first 24 hours with your newborn.
Since a newborn’s stomach is so tiny, your baby will only consume small quantities of milk frequently. Some babies want to be breastfed or bottle-fed every 2-3 hours, whereas others are hungry much more frequently. Your baby might announce his hunger with strong signals (loudly crying) or might opt for subtle gestures, like sucking his hands, moving her mouth or turning her head towards your breasts or the baby bottle.
During the first few days of life, your baby might lose about 7% of his weight. Although this is perfectly normal, you’ll want to feed your baby every 2 hours until he recovers his birth weight, which is why we recommend a visit to the pediatrician for proper guidance.
Newborns also sleep a lot, which is why you might need to wake up your little one in order to feed her and keep her awake while feeding. You can do this by gently rubbing her head or back, and talking to her. The goal is for your baby to have the same weight she had at birth by the second week of life.