[:es]Things you should know about newborns[:]
[:es]The eternal wait is over and the most desired thing in the house has arrived. For this reason, we must prepare ourselves to give the best of us and always be ready for any situation. Today we tell you things you should know about newborns.
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Baby can be fun
It’s true, a newborn doesn’t smile and needs constant adult attention, but they can also be fun. Physically fun. When a baby is born they may not be as cute as the babies you see in the commercials. As it passes through the birth canal, it’s likely that its head will have been deformed a bit to achieve this, and its face and eyes will be swollen. Don’t worry, this appearance is only temporary and in just a few days he will be the beautiful baby you imagined before you saw him for the first time.
Don’t expect smiles until 6 weeks have passed.
Don’t expect emotional rewards or smiles during the first 6 weeks of your baby’s life. During these first 6 weeks you will have the most demanding boss you have ever met. Newborns need their basic and emotional needs to be met on the spot.
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Care for the umbilical cord
The umbilical cord is very delicate and you will need to be careful with the clamp that was put on it in the hospital. This area should always be clean and dry so that it heals well and falls off on its own. If your baby’s navel starts to look strange, oozes pus or smells bad, you should go immediately to the pediatrician to see what condition it is in.
His little head will scare you
It is normal for you to be afraid of him, his head does not have the bones of the skull completely closed and this can make you overprotect him. This is not a bad thing. You need to be careful with your little one’s little head. Babies’ fontanelles help the baby’s skull to mold as it passes through the birth canal.
But don’t obsess either, you don’t have to worry too much. It’s okay to comb over these softer areas of your baby’s head, or to gently stroke his precious little head. What is extremely important is to protect him from any bumps on the head.
If he is hungry, he will let you know
Crying is a baby’s way of communicating, so you should start to get to know your baby’s cries and why he cries at any given moment. Newborn babies need to eat every two to three hours, and if you are breastfeeding you may have doubts about whether or not your baby is eating enough.
To communicate with you, he will cry
As we noted earlier, a baby only knows how to communicate through crying. It is his way of telling you that he needs something. So he can tell you if he is hungry, cold, has a dirty diaper or just wants you to give him love. These first conversations with you can be a little frustrating, but you should know that as the days go by, you will understand him perfectly. But you don’t have to wait until they cry to attend to your baby, they also have a very developed non-verbal language: if they are sleepy they will yawn or touch their eyes, if they are hungry they will suck their fists, if they are in pain they will arch their body, etc.
And remember that this stage is precious… and fleeting!
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