Hey you! So you have a brand new bundle of joy in your arms!! You’ve passed through the stages of anxiety and stress, and are now slowly getting used to actually believing that this beautiful thing you have created is totally yours. You’ll do anything for a slight smile or even a giggle, including dancing around and flapping your arms wildly. Everything as long as you get to hear a few gurgles and see a few grins.
However, there are a few things you have to remember as you hold this wonderful piece of magic in your arms and coo lightly.
Breastfeeding is a very important part of becoming a mother. Your breast milk contains nutrients your baby needs for growth and immunity. And be rest assured that breast milk is ALL the baby requires, especially during the first six months. This means exclusive breastfeeding for six months, with no other extra feeding. It is also important to breastfeed on demand and whenever the baby wants. Your baby can only cry to signal that she is hungry!
Lots of mothers are unable to properly breastfeed because of either bleeding nipples, sore nipples, or simply a lack of milk supply initially. Well, it’s perfectly okay to not be able to breastfeed as well. Formula feeding is safe and as effective as breast milk. Take care to sterilize your milk bottles( including the nipple) after each feed. Choose the best formula feed as recommended by your doctor.
A lot of babies cry initially, especially when they are getting adjusted to the new atmosphere outside of the cozy womb you gave them. Crying is the only way they know to make you understand that they need you. They are vulnerable and dependent of you for everything. So when your baby cries, you need to figure out why. It may be because she is hungry, wet diapers, sleepiness or any such reasons. But if your baby cries excessively and you feel something is wrong, please consult your doctor for the same. Please bear in mind that abdominal colic is also a common cause of crying in babies.
You might be feeling frustrated when your baby refuses to sleep at night, and instead sleeps throughout the day…only to stay awake during the night. Sleep cycles slowly get regulated as babies adjust to the environment and develop what is called a circadian rhythm. Don’t fret, because eventually the picture in your head of you and your baby sleeping chest to chest in the night as she pouts in her sleep is going to become a reality someday.
A lot of mothers swear emphatically that the baby started recognising them as soon as they held her. This might probably be true, especially since mothers are so closely bonded to their babies. However, at three months of age the baby will actively start looking for you. At six months, your baby may develop stranger anxiety…which is just a fancy word to mean that she won’t jump in anyone’s arms except yours!
These are the basics that you should have covered in the first six months of your baby’s journey with you! Always remember to cherish the journey and not keep on worrying about the future. Before you know it, your baby will be taller than you and packing up boxes to move out of your home, galloping to college!
Your heart is full right now, and your baby’s on your chest. What more could we possibly want?