The first week with my baby: how best to deal with it

The arrival of a child is a new challenge and there is no shortage of difficulties: here are some tips that will help you to get used to your new role

Congratulations, mommies! Your baby is finally born and now you can take it home to start an exciting new chapter in your life. At the same time, however, the arrival of a child is also a new challenge and there is no shortage of difficulties.

Here are some tips – tested and approved by many other new mothers – that together with the practice will help you to get used to your new role:

  1. Establish a routine: it seems impossible to think you can develop a process right in the first week at home, but it is really a crucial Start by keeping track of your child’s natural rhythms (how many times they eat, when and how long they sleep, how many diapers they use). This way you can anticipate their needs or understand why they are crying.
  2. Make nursing comfortable: whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, create a quiet and comfortable space where you can nurse your baby and focus only on that moment. Make sure you have plenty of water available for you and a nursing pillow or comfortable seat to help you with the baby’s support.
  3. The first bath: when the baby’s umbilical cord has fallen (about 7-10 days after birth), you can proceed to the first bath. Make sure that the room is warm and comfortable, that the water has the right temperature and use neutral soap for babies. Never leave your child alone in the bathtub!
  4. Distinguish day from night: help your children to distinguish day from night while they are still developing their circadian rhythms. Leave the curtains open during the day, listen to soft music in the background and feel free to talk. When it is time for a regular nap or bedtime, pull the curtains and make the room quiet and peaceful. Recover as much sleep as possible during your child’s naps: even just 20 minutes can regenerate you.
  5. Take care of yourself: Entrust your baby to your partner or a trustworthy person so that you can devote some time to yourself. Take a shower calmly; eat a nutritious meal with both hands; rest.
  6. Rely on your paediatrician: if you have any doubts or concerns, don’t be afraid to contact your paediatrician. It is a very important figure who can reassure you and help you in the care of your child.

Childbirth is a beautiful, overwhelming and physically exhausting process: be kind and patient with yourself and remember that practice makes perfect.

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