D-day has finally come and you are the proud but scared parents of a brand new baby. What are you supposed to do with this very small, very dependent, crying little bundle now? The responsibility for caring and bringing up a new human being can seem overwhelming. Take heart – you are not alone in your panic. From the similar experiences of thousands like you, here are a few nuggets of wisdom about cute babies:-
New born look – sometimes where fond grandparents see beauty, a new parent may see a miniature wrinkled monkey. Don’t be disappointed if your little bundle of joy doesn’t look like a poster baby.
- The new – born’s head is about a quarter of its total length at this stage. Thus you may feel that his head is too big, hair is too scanty, his legs are too skinny and his skin too wrinkled.
- The eyes may look as if they are squinting.
- The face may be red from crying or the effects of labour.
- The nose may appear flat as the bone hasn’t yet fully developed.
- Many babies (whether boy or girl) have swollen breasts and genitals. There may even be a milky discharge from the breasts and sometimes blood or discharge from the vagina in a girl. This is perfectly normal and caused by an infusion of female hormones from the placenta, just before birth.
Never try to squeeze milk from swollen breasts
- There may be a large birth mark on the child.
- Some children are born with a tooth or two.
All of these are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about – A newborn’s looks are not indicative of the future.
The soft sports on his head are normal. There are called fontanelles and are places where the bone has not yet developed. They will gradually close.
Birth weight – Perhaps one of the single most anxious questions asked by parents after the sex and health of the baby has been determined, is how much does she weigh? The weight at birth is not an indication of your performance as a mother. It is determined by a variety of factors: –
- Mother’s diet during pregnancy.
- The amount of weight gained during pregnancy as a result of nutritious food and not junk food.
- The mother’s weight before pregnancy.
- The mother’s own birth weight.
- Heredity from both sides.
- The sex of the baby – boys in general are heavier than girls.
- The birth order – first babies are often smaller than subsequent ones.
- The number of foetuses.
- Whether the baby is full term or not.
The true measure of a baby’s growth is whether he is active, healthy and happy rather than his weight.