Growing and Changing ~ Newborn
Your new baby is here, and it is time to get to know each other. Babies
differ greatly in temperament, and you learn who your baby is as the
days go on. Your baby's temperament will influence your first days
as a parent. An easy-going baby who sleeps a lot is different from
a sensitive, hard-to-settle baby who seems to hardly sleep at all.
Enjoy the baby you have!
Your baby grows and changes dramatically during these first months.
Your pediatrician, who knows your baby's physical development best,
will monitor weight gain and feeding schedules. Before you know it,
you baby will be eating larger amounts and become a more filled out,
rounded version of his newborn self!
babies begin to sleep for longer periods of time by the end of these
first few months. Others need more time and help from you. Your baby's
potential for longer periods of sleep at one stretch is increasing,
and a more predictable routine is on its way.
baby begins to know you and to respond to faces, voices, and outside
stimulation. However, he will still be able to sleep through almost
anything and can nap wherever he is.
It takes time for your new baby's digestive system to settle in. Discomfort
diminishes, and mealtimes will become easier and more pleasurable
for both of you.
Your baby's first smile! Here's the best change of all, and it happens
in these early months. One day he will look at you and smile. You
will know that you are well on your way as a new parent.