When you have a new baby, you know to expect that you won’t be getting much sleep in the first few months. But most new parents think that that is all because of their newborn crying through the night – in actual fact, quite a few new parents lose out on sleep because of all their worrying. They worry about their newborn so much that it can keep them up at night.
Every parent worries about their children. Even when they become teenagers, you will find that you always worry about them and hope that they don’t get harmed. From getting their driver’s license to thinking about how to cover tuition assignments and then on to college, your job as a parent will never truly end. But all of those worries increase by quite a bit when you welcome your first baby into the world. Of course, this is mainly down to the fact that new parents are inexperienced. They have never been a parent before and don’t quite know what to expect from it all.
Parents share a lot of fears about their babies, some of which take up a lot more space in their head than should. In fact, there are quite a few common newborn worries that you really don’t need to panic about. Here are some of the most common and the solutions you need to take if any.
Breastfeeding is a common worry for most parents, especially the mothers. Research shows that breastfeeding is a lot better for the baby compared to bottle feeding, and many mothers are keen to do so. However, there are still lots of women out there who struggle to do it correctly. In some cases, babies struggle to latch onto the breast or they can latch on but are unable to extract any milk. The nurse in the hospital should show you how to breastfeed shortly after you have given birth. They will be able to give you plenty of tips regarding positioning and encouraging the baby to take the breast. Once you are home, you will find a lot of tips online to help you out. If you still struggle, you should ask the nurse when you have your next checkup for more advice. Still struggling? There’s still no need to worry. Some mothers and babies are unable to get it right. If you think you are one of them, you just need to start bottle feeding.
New parents don’t get much sleep in the first few weeks as the baby will need to be nursed through the night. This is something that most new parents get quite anxious about. They worry that they will be too tired to look after their baby through the day. Another common worry is that they won’t have the energy for any of their chores or household jobs. This shouldn’t cause you too much stress, though – you will be very surprised at how quickly you adapt to the lack of sleep! Plus, you will be able to have a quick nap during the day whenever your baby does, so you should be able to make up for any missed sleep.
Weight Gain And Loss
Whenever your nurse comes over to check up on you and the baby, they will be very interested to know the baby’s current weight. That’s because babies need to gain a certain amount of weight over the first year. Weight loss usually isn’t a good sign in babies as it could be a symptom of an underlying health condition. However, a little weight loss isn’t something to worry excessively about. It might just mean that your baby has been slightly under the weather and not eating as much as they usually would. If you are concerned about your baby’s weight, you should always speak to your doctor or nurse about it. As long as you are frequently breastfeeding your baby, you should have nothing to worry about as that should help them gain enough weight. Ideally, a healthy baby will have about eight feedings in the space of twenty-four hours.
Recognizing Their Cries
After a couple of weeks, most parents start to recognize their baby’s cries. You will start to know which cry means they are hungry and which one is to tell you that they need their diaper changing. Some parents wonder what will happen if they don’t start to recognize the difference in the cries. However, you will be pleased to hear that this very rarely happens. We are hard-wired to recognize our baby’s cries and understand what they mean no matter what. In fact, I bet if you put your baby in a room full of some other crying babies, you would be able to pick out your own child’s cries!
Skin Rashes And Blemishes
When babies are born, you might notice that they are covered in some blemishes and even a few bruises. These are nothing to worry about, though, as they will be the result of being pushed out of you during the childbirth process. However, if any of the blemishes persist for a few weeks after birth, you might want to think about taking the little one to see the doctor. Babies are also prone to other types of skin conditions too, such as dry skin and eczema. To treat your baby’s dry skin, you just need to moisturize them well and dress them in very thin, natural fabrics. If you think that your baby is developing eczema, you will need to take them to the doctor so that you can get the right cream and ointment.
Not Being Able To Soothe Them
Sometimes your baby will be inconsolable. Nothing that you do will seem to have any effect, and you might think that you will never be able to stop their crying and screaming. Don’t panic too much, though – all parents have had this worry before! This happens because of a communication breakdown between you and the baby. Like I have mentioned before in a previous point, babies have different cries to try and tell you what is wrong with them. Soon enough, you will be able to recognize each cry, and then you will be able to quickly console your newborn no matter what is wrong with them.
Babies have milestones by which they should have developed certain skills or grown in certain ways. For instance, your baby should have learned to crawl, walk, and sit upright by certain ages. These milestones help parents and doctors know that the baby is growing and developing at the rate it should. But what if your newborn doesn’t meet certain milestones? Well, the first thing is not to panic straight away. Some babies are late bloomers, and yours might be one of them. However, if your baby is more than a month late with a particular milestone, then you might want to get him or her checked out by your doctor for reassurance.
Leaving The Baby With Someone New
You will soon come to the point where you need to leave your baby alone with someone for the first time. This could be a friend, relative, or professional nanny. Whatever the reason, whether you need to go back to work or just need a break, it’s important to get used to leaving the baby with others so that you can both get other separation anxieties quickly. As long as you leave everything that the baby will need while you are away, and whoever you leave them with is highly experienced, then there is nothing to worry about!
Don’t worry about your little one too much – enjoy them instead!
This article was written in collaboration with a Singaporean tution agency, SmileTutor (https://smiletutor.sg)