Our little Sebastian turns one month old recently and I am still quite crazed that its only been a month when I feel I’d aged a number of years just by taking care of him. My daily routine of sleepless nights may have played a big factor with my aging theory😊
Anyway, here are my thoughts and what I learned for the past month since we had our little man… (in random order).
My Learnings In Newborn Care
- Mommy’s evident breastmilk usually comes a week postpartum but make sure to latch your baby asap for him to suck on the colostrum which is very healthy and beneficial to him as it gives him antibodies to strengthen his immune system. Do not rely on a breast pump to gauge your milk supply as newborns suck way better than that of breast pumps.
- During the first 2 weeks – breastfeeding hurts. Your nipple will be sore, bleed and have blisters huhuhu. Literally toe curling pain.
- Sleep, feed, burp and diaper change is what our entire day is about.
- Hiccups in newborns are normal.
- They are noisy sleepers! They grunt, wheezes and make all those noises while asleep. It has something to do with their breathing as they are not yet adapted to the outside world.
- The little white lumps in your baby’s face and body commonly referred to as “milia” will soon fade. No need to put on anything to cure it. Anyway, these lumps came from you during pregnancy. The culprit as always: Your hormones.
- They do turn beet red either when they cry or strain due to bowel movement because their skin is still thin and adjusting. (Their skintone and eye color is still a mystery too).
- The umbilical stump falls off sometime during the 3rd week. Just clean it with cotton and alcohol and try to remove the little grayish parts. Don’t worry as your baby doesn’t feel the alcohol’s sting or any pain.
- If you have a fat baby like mine, make sure to clean his in betweens with cotton and baby oil especially the ones in the neck, nape and underarms as they can smell pretty unbaby-ish / bad.
- His first month milestone achieved: lifting his head during tummy time.
- The elders are against it but we should practice tummy time a few minutes a day and increase gradually to strengthen his muscles and prepare him for crawling, standing and other physical activities.
- For effective releasing of gas, push your baby’s knees towards his stomach for 10 seconds.
- At 5 weeks, they shed their first tears (teeny tiny tears).
- At 5 weeks, he’ll notice/stare at his toys especially the one hanging on his crib.
- The baby’s sleep schedule is still out of whack so a few hours sleep is still what Mom has.
- By week 6, ready your cash as baby’s vaccine is on schedule. Per our Pedia, it will cost more or less Php 10,000 for these shots.
- Sometime right after celebrating his first month, he’ll look like a little person with too much cuteness and his clothes will feel snug one by one, also his diapers will change size from newborn to small.
The day is pretty much routine. The nights may be longer but be careful of wishing for it to be over as they do grow fast. Once they’re this tiny being then the next day their clothes won’t fit in!
Whenever I look at my baby I wish that he’ll stay that little forever so I can always carry him next to my heart.
Loving this new Mommy role,