At last, your newborn baby is here! After nine months of wondering, waiting, and anticipating, you can now hold that awesome bundle of cuteness in your arms. But I don’t think you can ever be prepared for newborn babies, not even when it’s your second or third or…..
Maybe you did or didn’t expect your baby to be somehow both wrinkled and puffy, with a reddish tinge or a slight cone-head, however, it does make sense considering their recent confined living quarters.
Fortunately, they are divine and the most precious and beautiful little things. The big thing to know in the first 24 hours in terms of those family happy snaps is that they change dramatically in the first day or so. The shots in those initial hours may seem like they are of a different newborn come day 2.
The first few hours and days are all about developing that bond with this new member of your family. Skin to skin contact, cuddles, gazing at your new precious baby is the start of your attachment which will continue to grow and develop. This is sometimes a more gradual process so don’t be concerned if you are a bit slow off the mark.
What should you expect with your 1-week old newborn baby? Let’s explore.
Your Baby and 1-Week-Old Newborn’s Development
What will your 1 week old 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
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.
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.