My Baby This Week

Your baby is 1 week old
Hi there! Congratulations, mama! Your baby is finally here! Isn't he amazing? For someone who spends most of his time just sleeping and eating, he's a ton of work, right? So don't worry if your emotions are all over the place these days. They will be for a while and it's incredibly normal to feel excited one moment and completely overwhelmed the next-you'll get the hang of baby care very soon! By week's end, you'll be changing diapers and burping your baby like a pro.

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  • Right now, your baby cries to let you know he's hungry. Or tired. Or over-stimulated. Or wet. Or gassy. In time, you'll be able to figure out what he needs just by listening to his cry-but for now, you'll want to go down the list and address each possibility until baby is happy again.
  • Newborn babies can look a little funny. They have scrunched up faces, enlarged breasts, no hair or a whole lotta hair! (and not just on their heads.) Fear not. In a couple of months, your baby will look like the chubby-cheeked cherubs you see in all those diaper and infant formula commercials. Take a ton of pictures, they change so quickly!
  • If you're breastfeeding, by now you'll have either discovered that it's a breeze, or more likely, that it's a really hard skill to master! If you're in the second camp-don't despair! Breastfeeding takes practice and a whole lot of patience. Our best new-mama advice: If you're having any problems at all, call a lactation consultant! Peace of mind and latching baby? Best money we've ever spent (and often covered by insurance!).
  • And how are YOU doing, mama? Giving birth is hard work! It takes time for your body to get back to normal, so be patient. Ibuprofen can help ease any discomfort you may be feeling (yes, it's safe to take now that you've given birth-even if you're breastfeeding). And don't underestimate the power of rest to help heal you. Even if you're nursing around the clock, try to nap when baby naps. Don't know day from night these days? Hey, you're completely normal!

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