A whole new world!
Congratulations, and welcome to motherhood! You might feel elated and
anxious; it’s normal to be experiencing any range of emotions. But one
thing is certain: You have a year of incredible firsts ahead for both
you and your newborn.
Your Baby’s Developing Senses
Amazing skills and reflexes, already!
How your baby sees in the first month:
- He stares at objects and sees best within 12 inches of his face. He likes bold shapes and high-contrast objects, such as a black-and-white bull’s-eye.
- He loves looking at faces, especially your expressions. He might imitate them right away!
How your baby hears in the first month:
- He generally likes sounds that change, such as your voice or music, but he might react negatively to loud sounds.
- His hearing is well-developed, but he will not look for the source of the sound.
- If startled by a noise, he may cry, stiffen his body and legs, or thrust his arms outward and pull them back to his chest.
Your baby’s early reflexes:
- Grasping lets your baby reach for rattles or your fingers but not hold on to them.
- Yawning increases the volume of air in the lungs.
- Rooting helps your baby open his mouth and find the nipple for feeding.
- Pulling back signals pain or injury.
- Sneezing clears the nasal passages.
- Turning baby’s head to one side helps open his airway if his breathing is blocked.
Feeding Your Newborn
Tips to help get breastfeeding off to a great start.
- Feed baby frequently and in small amounts. A newborn is not very hungry the first two or three days.
- Learn to recognize “ready to feed” signals, including lip smacking, tongue movement and eye fluttering. Crying is a late signal for hunger.
- Talk softly to your baby during feedings to help him recognize your voice and associate it with nourishment.
Newborn Baby Sleep Patterns
What to expect in month one.
Your baby will likely sleep for two to three hours at a time, for 16 to 18 hours per day.
Try to feed your baby on a consistent schedule to establish a sleep routine.
Share unusual sleeping changes or concerns with your pediatrician.