Bringing your newborn baby home, especially for a first-time parent, can be a scary thing.
Amidst all the excitement and love you’re feeling, a sort of anxiety can also set in when it comes to making sure you’re doing the right thing.
Chances are, you’ve prepared for your baby as much as possible before they were even born – don’t worry, you know what you’re doing more than you probably think you do!
However, the first several weeks of a newborn’s life can be some of the most crucial when it comes to taking all the right precautions.
Have a look at these 7 common mistakes to avoid during the first month with your newborn.
1. Just Because They’re Crying, Doesn’t Mean You’re Doing Something Wrong
Newborns cry because it’s truly their only real way to communicate. Of course, there are sometimes obvious signs as to why they’re crying; they’re hungry, they need to be changed, they’re tired, etc., and it’s always important to recognize the signs your baby is trying to tell you when it comes to their overall health and happiness.
However, sometimes your newborn will simply just cry, and they don’t necessarily need anything. It’s okay to try to console them and calm them down when this happens, but don’t think you’re somehow missing something if you know their basic needs are taken care of.
Be on the lookout for obvious signs as to why they’re crying, and if it is continuous, you may want to contact a local Mount Dora pediatrician. But, a little extra crying here and there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
2. Don’t Panic!
Whether you’re a first time parent or not, panicking over the smallest hiccup can sometimes get out of control.
This can especially get in the way if you’re constantly ‘researching’ or calling the baby’s doctor about everyday occurrences from spitting up, to having too many or too few bowel movements.
Don’t sweat the small stuff – chances are, if something is actually wrong, you will be quick to recognize it.
3. Don’t Let Them Sleep Through The Night
If you’ve got a newborn on your hands, you’ll probably value every extra second of sleep you can get, but if your newborn sleeps through the night, it could end up being a problem.
Newborn babies need to eat every 4 to 5 hours, no matter what. Yes, this means throughout the night, too. If your baby starts sleeping through the night in the first month, it’s your job to wake them up, and make sure they’re being fed.
This can seem like a difficult task when all you want is a little extra sleep, but it’s crucial to your baby’s overall health and growth.
There are some arguments about this when it comes to breastfeeding, so check with your pediatrician before letting your newborn sleep through the night.
4. Don’t Bring Them Into Busy Areas
Everyone is going to want to meet your new little bundle of joy, and you’re probably going to want to show them off, and get out of the house for awhile with them.
However, it’s best to avoid any large, crowded areas during your baby’s first few weeks. It’s far too easy for them to get a bacterial infection or a virus from people.
Even a slight fever can put a newborn in the hospital for a couple days, so don’t risk it.
5. Don’t Keep Them Inside Too Much
This may seem contradictory to the previous tip, but it’s also not a good idea to keep your newborn cooped up in the house all the time. It can be stifling to your baby, but it can actually cause more harm to you, especially if you struggle with any signs of postpartum depression.
Go for walks in the park, or pick areas that are less crowded to take your baby out for short periods of time. It will be great for both of you.
6. A Fever Can Be Serious
A newborn with a fever any time within the first several weeks of their life can be a dangerous situation.
It’s not enough to simply decide if your child ‘feels warm’ to the touch and attempt to give them a Tylenol, etc. If your newborn feels warm at all, it’s important to immediately take their temperature – this can be done rectally.
Anything over 100.4 is considered an emergency, and you should call your pediatrician immediately.
7. Don’t Neglect Your Relationship
A baby can naturally bring a couple closer together. You’ll work together to make sure your child has absolutely everything they need, and sharing in the responsibilities is a great way to feel connected.
However, it’s very easy to let the romantic side of your relationship, even your marriage, fall out of play with a newborn in the house. With all of your attention going to the baby, sometimes attention to your relationship can simply disappear, and this can cause a string of problems later on.
Plan time for yourselves as a couple, whether it’s watching a movie after the baby has gone to sleep, or taking a stroll in the park to get some ice cream with your newborn in a stroller.
When you’re ready, plan your first date night out together without the baby.
Making sure your marriage or relationship stays strong in the first several weeks of your baby’s life can ensure that it continues to stay strong as they grow, and that will be extremely beneficial to them.