What to Expect during the First Week of Your Newborn’s Life

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What to Expect during the First Week of Your Newborn’s Life

Mother With Newborn Baby

At last, your baby is here! After nine months of wondering, waiting, and anticipating, you can now hold that awesome bundle of cuteness in your arms.

Maybe you did not expect your baby to be wrinkled and puffy-eyed with a slight cone-head, however, it makes sense if you consider how long she stayed in your watery and cramped uterus, followed by a firm squeeze via the birth canal.

Fortunately, she is beautiful to you, and happily, she will become even more photogenic as the days and weeks progress.

Remember to enjoy all those first feedings, first skin-to-skin snuggles, and first cuddles. Now is the time to begin the bonding process with the latest member of your family.

Bear it in mind that, those feelings of attachment and love do not always happen automatically. They could take some time to grow over the forthcoming weeks and months.

What should you expect during your newborn’s first week of life? Here’s a clue:

Your Baby and 1-Week-Old Newborn’s Development

What will your newborn be able to do during this week? She will be able to briefly lift her head when placed on her stomach.

She will also be able to concentrate on objects which are within 9 to 16 inches away – precisely the same distance your face will be when you are looking at her. Something you will most likely be doing a lot this week (as well as in other weeks to come)!

Your Baby and 1-Week-Old Newborn’s Growth

The average newborn typically weighs in around 7½ pounds, with a length of about 20 inches. Is your newborn smaller or bigger than that?

A study conducted by the California State University revealed that the majority of full-term newborns often weigh between 5½ and 9½ pounds and then clock in between 17 and 23 inches long.

Sleeping and Feeding in Your Newborn’s First Week of Life

Your baby would sleep most of the time, only waking up every 2-3 hours to feed. New babies can’t sleep throughout the night. They have tiny stomachs, thus they have to wake and feed from time to time.

Your newborn will normally wake herself whenever she needs to feed. However, you might need to wake some babies for feeding. For instance, newborns who are very small, jaundiced, or have lost a lot of weight.

Common Health Problems in Your Newborn’s First Week of Life

Doctor Exams Baby With Stethoscope

Doctor Exams Baby With Stethoscope

Weight loss

It is okay for your baby to lose some pounds during the first four days after childbirth as she loses excess fluid. Although, this weight loss should not be more than 10 percent of her birth weight.

Most newborns regain their birth weight after a week or two. In case your newborn has lost a lot of weight, she may have to remain in the hospital with you for some time to ensure she’s feeding properly and gaining weight every day.


Newborns can develop all kinds of rashes, which typically are not serious. However, in case your newborn has a rash, it is best to have a child and family nurse or your GP check it out. Common rashes are nappy rash, cradle cap, eczema, heat rash, and dry skin.

Final Remark

In case something does not seem right and you are worried about your baby, ensure you seek medical help. Contact your GP or midwives at the unit where your newborn was delivered.

The first week of your newborn’s life can be challenging, but with the help of this article, such a task should become less stressful.

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