For new mothers
The newborn sleeps all the time. Should I wake him up?
Infants should wake up on time. If that doesn’t happen, you must wake him up for nursing. In their initial days, newborns are usually sleepy and they don’t give any hunger cue. However, they must be fed every 2 hours during the day and once at night.
For how long is it okay to wake my little one up from sleep?
After your child has got a balanced pattern of gaining weight, you don’t have to wake him up further for feeding. Let your newborn set his/her pattern and be comfortable.
Is hand sucking a reliable indicator of hunger?
Not always! It is a reliable indicator as long as your infant is in newborn phase. From 6 to 8 weeks after birth, neonates gain the tendency of exploring every new objecting using their hand and mouth.
Another instance when infants suck their hands is when their gums prepare for teeth and become tender. So, you cannot always rely on hand sucking as a good indicator of your child’s hunger pranks.
Other essentials of raising your newborn
Well, along with breastfeeding, there are other essentials of nurturing your newly born bundle happiness. Keep scrolling!
Ensure a consistent ritual
Every family should have a bedtime ritual so that your child should be prepared for what is coming next.
Baby nap schedule
Again, for the first 3 months, observe the newborn’s evolving schedule. By the time infants complete 9 months, they will naturally choose the 9 am and 2 pm slots or napping.
However, parents should never force the child into any fixed schedule.
Mothers should always sleep close to their babies
If a mother sleeps close to her child, it regulates their stress levels, heart rate and immune system. Not just that, but by sleeping close, breastfeeding becomes easier.
During the neonatal period, your infant might have the risk of potential diseases including –
- Herpes simplex
- Benign neonatal seizures
- Neonatal meningitis
- Nourish your newborn emotionally
No matter if the neonate in your lap has around 100 million cells in its brain, the part responsible for thinking and movement remains immature.
So, they need –
- Soothing environment
- Human touch
- Physical affection
- Loving noises around
- Physical affection
- Make your baby feel safe and secure
Along with all these, be sure to sanitize your hands, give support to your infant’s head and neck, and embrace him or her in your secured wrap. Little by little with these tips and guidelines, this infant will grow into a strong, fit and healthy human being.