Having Your First Baby Here's What to Expect

If you’re pregnant, congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life. You may have a lot of questions about what to expect over the first year.

In this blog post, we will discuss the different infant milestones and what you can expect during each one.

We will also talk about what to watch for and tips on how to handle basic baby care needs.

Congratulations again—welcome to the wonderful world of parenting!

Having Your First Baby Here's What to Expect

Sleep Regression 

You may have heard of the term “sleep regression.” This is when your baby suddenly starts sleeping less or waking up more often.

While the 4-month sleep regression doesn’t happen for all babies, it can be frustrating as a new parent when it happens with yours as stated by The Hadicks experts. Sleep regressions typically happen around the same time as developmental milestones, such as learning to walk or talk.

During a sleep regression, it is important to stick to your usual bedtime routine as much as possible. 

This means doing things like reading a book or taking a bath before going to bed. You may also want to consider giving your baby a short nap during the day if he or she is showing signs of fatigue.

Feeding 

Newborns typically eat every two to three hours. This means you will be feeding your baby around the clock, day and night. It is important to remember that newborns have very small tummies and cannot eat a lot at one time.

When you are breastfeeding, your baby will cue you when he or she is hungry. You may also want to consider pumping breast milk so that you can have a supply on hand when you need it.

If you are formula-feeding, you will need to measure out the correct amount of formula and mix it with water. It is also important to sterilize all bottles and nipples before using them.

Wet Diapers 

You will also be keeping track of your baby’s wet diapers. Newborns typically have six to eight wet diapers per day. This number will increase as your baby grows and starts eating solids.

You should also pay attention to the color of your baby’s urine. If it is dark yellow or orange, this could be a sign that your baby is not getting enough fluids. You need to check it in order to make sure that your baby is properly hydrated.

Dirty Diapers 

In addition to wet diapers, you will also be keeping track of your baby’s dirty diapers. Newborns typically have two to three bowel movements per day. However, this number can vary depending on whether your baby is breastfed or formula-fed.

If you are breastfeeding, your baby’s bowel movements may be yellow and soft. If you are formula-feeding, your baby’s bowel movements may be tan and slightly harder.

Whichever type of feeding you choose, it is important to pay attention to the color and consistency of your baby’s bowel movements. This way, you can be sure that he or she is getting enough to eat and drink.

Teeth

Most babies are born without any teeth. However, you may notice that your baby’s gums are swollen and red. This is normal and is caused by the eruption of the primary (baby) teeth.

The primary teeth will usually start to come in around six months of age. However, some babies may start teething as early as three months old. Also, keep in mind that some babies may not get their first tooth until they are one year old.

Health and Safety 

Finally, it is important to pay attention to your baby’s health and safety. You should always keep an eye on your baby’s breathing and make sure that he or she is not in any distress.

You should also make sure that your baby is sleeping on his or her back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

If you have any concerns about your baby’s health, please contact your healthcare provider. For instance, if your baby is not gaining weight, has a fever, or is vomiting, you should call your doctor right away.

As a new parent, you will quickly learn that there is a lot to keep track of! From feedings to wet and dirty diapers, it can feel like you’re always doing something.

However, these things are all important in helping to ensure that your baby is healthy and happy. 

Hopefully, this blog post has been helpful in answering some of your questions about having a baby. Congratulations again on this exciting time in your life!