How your baby is developing
Your baby spends a lot of time getting used to the new environment during the first weeks outside the womb. After nine months in your stomach, so much space, light and noise are overwhelming. That's why your baby may be itching, i. to be wrapped tightly in a cloth. For a while, it seems that the arms and legs are rather short, but they will unfold when the baby is used to having room to stretch out.
The view of your newborn is initially blurred. It can only see well up to about 30 cm, so keep your face close to its when it's scared. Babies like to look at familiar and beloved faces. Your sweetheart will constantly look at his parents and remember their facial features and their voices.
Your baby's ability to concentrate is not very big yet, so it needs all his attention to get used to the outside world. But you can already hang a simple object with strong black and white contrasts over the cradle.
That's how your life changes
Reality is coming this week - you have a baby! It is all yours, it is at your home and depends on the love, care and food you and your partner give it. We have some tips and information for you that will help you. But the best thing is to stay relaxed for the time being. Your newborn baby is much more robust than you think, and it has to get used to you as well as the other way round. Like all good relationships, these too must grow.
Speaking of growing: newborns want to be fed about every three hours. Would you like to refresh your knowledge on how to start breastfeeding or have a first lesson in feeding by bottle?
The right breast milk will not produce your body in a few days, but do not worry about your baby becoming full. The foremilk and transitional milk, which initially flows out of your breasts, are exactly what your baby needs right now.
Between the third and the tenth day in baby's life is his second investigation, the neonatal baseline investigation. After the first check immediately after the birth, your darling will now be put through its paces once more. More specifically, they are now looking for possible birth injuries, the metabolism for disorders and much more. Find out more about the routine examinations of babies and children.
Parent tip: Breastfeed
"I was only one day out of the hospital when I realized that I needed help with breastfeeding. My baby did not bother properly and we were both frustrated. The midwife was wonderfully patient and a great help. Just some advice from her, and my baby and I got along well. "- MH Do you have valuable tips?
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Your midwife usually takes care of you during the first ten days. Her duties include the navel care of the newborn, the postpartum course, the consultation in breastfeeding and all your worries and needs as a new mom.
If there are problems at birth or breastfeeding, the health insurance pays up to eight additional visits to the midwife, provided that you have a medical certificate.
Do not worry about your baby's umbilical cord and umbilical cord - it's easy to take care of it.
If your baby has jaundice, try to feed quite regularly. This helps flush the jaundice out of the body.
Take care of yourself too, especially if you have one
Have suture or had a cesarean section. Read how you should behave after giving birth.
If it hurts to put on your baby, you should find out what to do about sore nipples.
Does your baby have a birthmark? You may want to read what it is and if it needs treatment.
If you are the father, breathe and enjoy this time. Maybe your partner needs help with breastfeeding. Here's how you can help.