In the first few days, despite feeling like you’re constantly feeding your baby, it’s quite common for newborns to lose a little bit of weight. If this does happen, don’t worry, it’s completely normal but just make sure you keep feeding them regularly. The goal is to get them back to their birth weight within 2 weeks.
Now we’re sure you’ve read and heard lots about how to wind your baby. But do remember that not all babies need winding – some will do it on their own whilst others will need some help each time. Either way, you’ll know whether they need it or not, if they seem uncomfortable after a feed. Try gently patting your baby’s back in a circular motion to help relieve the wind. You can also try a number of different positions if needed, such as laying your baby down on your lap face down or holding them with their head resting on your shoulder.
When you have a newborn, you’ll find that lots of people want to visit and help out. Our advice – take them up on their offer! Whether it’s picking up something from the shop, helping you clean or taking your dog out for a walk, let them help, it’ll make them feel good too!However, if in fact you’ve had no sleep, not showered in days and just want to be left alone, don’t feel under any pressure to say yes. The first few months are about looking after yourself and your baby, so if you don’t want the company, politely tell them it’s not a great time but you’ll definitely be in touch once things have calmed down.
Whether you were the kind to join all of the sports teams at school, or you were the one hiding behind the gym changing rooms, we can’t recommend baby groups enough. Everyone is in the same boat the first time, but go along, throw yourself in and get chatting. Whether it’s baby massage at your local library or baby swim at your local leisure centre, it’s important to try and get out as much as you can, not only for your baby’s development but for your sanity too, (just make sure there’s good cake involved).