Too little is said about the baby’s needs to the future parents throughout the pregnancy preparation. Understanding your newborn baby, on the other hand, might help you feel more at ease, comforted, and less disoriented.
But what exactly are newborn basic care needs? How does he spend his first days outside of your womb?
We give you everything you need to know about the fourth trimester of pregnancy so that it goes as well as possible.
Surviving the 4th trimester.
For 9 months, your baby lived in amniotic fluid, warm at 98.6 degrees, without hunger or thirst, and without the harshness of bright light. At birth, he will breathe for the first time, feel cold, light, and hunger: all new experiences that will be unpleasant, to say the least.
The newborn will then cry out indicating that he needs time to adjust to his new surroundings. You must address your baby’s special and often urgent requirements by extending life in utero in some way for the transfer to this new world to go smoothly: this is the concept of the continuum.
As a result, the fourth trimester of pregnancy is important not only for the mother but also for the baby.
Importance of bonding with baby – Newborn needs contact with mom and dad.
Your baby can’t tell the difference between his and your body when he’s born, so you’re still one to him. He requires your warmth, gentleness, and unconditional love.
True, it’s a lot, but by drawing him this close, you’ll be able to secure him.
Even if you can’t hold your baby all the time, you can satisfy this desire by carrying him during the day in a baby carrier or a sling and having him sleep in your room for the first few weeks in a co-sleeping bed.
Skin-to-skin contact can also be a pleasurable experience for you, as it allows her to detect your scent and warmth. Don’t worry, you won’t turn him into a dependent kid.
Gradually, he’ll learn that you’re always there for him when he needs you and that even if he doesn’t see you, you’re not far away. But it will take time for him to feel secure in his surroundings.
Like in mom’s womb, the newborn needs to be contained.
Your kid needs to be contained in addition to your essential presence: this allows him to experience the contours of his body as he did in your womb. Of course, carrying him might make him feel good, but so can swaddling or even sleeping in a confined place.
White noise soothes the baby, just like it did in the womb.
You might believe that a baby requires calm and quiet to sleep, yet this is a widely held belief. Many noises surrounded his daily life in your uterus, whether they were from your organs, outside noises, or simply the sound of your heart and voice.
That’s why so many babies fall asleep to “white noise,” which can be imitated by using a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer!
Parents should recognize the signs of newborn hunger and the need to sleep.
When your baby wakes up, he’s usually hungry; don’t wait for him to cry before giving him the breast or bottle. – sleep is anarchic for the first few weeks: yawning, staring, and head bobbing are indicators that it’s time to take him in the crib to sleep.
Meeting these demands just adds to their happiness.
Your newborn expresses his needs intensely.
Your infant is going to cry a lot. And you’re probably not ready for that. Despite this, crying is his only means of communication.
He is really in a hurry and needs you to answer his call. In the first 100 days, the baby’s digestion will take hold… and it can be painful.
Colic, regurgitation, and even reflux, as well as the sensations of a damp diaper and cold: acknowledge that putting yourself in his shoes, none of this is very nice! Accept his sobbing and, if you find it difficult to tolerate it, which is understandable, make his father involved.
Baby crying – you need to respond quickly.
No matter what time of day or night, a crying baby requires consolation. If you don’t answer, he’ll be lonely and stressed, and he’ll finally stop calling you.
Don’t be frightened to make him dependent once more: he only needs you to be there for him during those crucial first few weeks. And if all of his needs are met, all you have to do now is be there for him: embrace him, cuddle him, and talk softly to calm him down.
All of this time and proximity with the kid is good for you, his parents, because it will help you form a special bond with him. And take advantage of it while you can: it’s only for a short time. Baby is going to grow up way too quickly!