Week 2

Sleep and Swaddling

Sleep deprivation is one aspect of motherhood that you had always heard about and were expecting – but had no idea what it really meant. It’s hard to imagine a world where five hours of uninterrupted sleep sounds like blissful nirvana, and it probably feels as though you’ll never sleep soundly again. Trust us, there will come a day when your baby will sleep for a solid 11 hours – but for now, here’s what you need to know about sleeping:

  • Expect your baby to sleep 14 to 18 hours a day – which seems like plenty of time for you to get an adequate amount of beauty sleep. But when it’s chopped up into two-to-three hour intervals around the clock, it’s hardly enough time to feel refreshed.
  • Don’t worry about scheduling your baby just yet. He or she will work out a regular sleep/wake rhythm in time.
  • Your baby will probably be eating every two to three hours – sometimes stretching it to four hours at night – but talk to your doctor if your baby happens to be sleeping for longer than that. Your doctor might recommend waking him or her to eat every three hours.
  • Continue to put your baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce SIDS risk.
  • Fussy babies (and overtired parents) might get much-needed relief from a bouncer, swing or car seat.
  • Start a bedtime routine at night (such as bath, baby massage, book and bed) to indicate that it’s time to go to sleep.
  • Wondering where your baby should sleep? There are plenty of options at this young stage.
  • Some babies don’t like to be swaddled, but the most find comfort in the cocoon-like security, even if they fight it at first. If your baby is breaking free from the swaddle, first make sure you’re wrapping the baby correctly. Next, try a more sturdy swaddle, like one with Velcro. If that still doesn’t work, don’t worry about the swaddling.

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3 thoughts on “Caring for Your Newborn: A complete guide to the second week with your new baby

  1. Nichole Chester says:

    I notice they didn’t mention much about breast feeding. You may want to bring a pump (I have a single one that I pack) nursing pads, and nipple cream. I keep one tube of nipple cream in the bag, along with a handful of nursing pads to be on the safe side. If you are traveling… You may also want to use storage bags for milk and keep an electric bottle warmer in the car (for those times you want a break and others to feed the baby)

  2. Mrs. Kate says:

    Great post and you share good guiding tips of newborn baby care.

  3. Alexis says:

    I take issue with the point about immunizations where ou recommend “know both sides of the story” then recommend reading the literature. If you read the studies, there is only one side to the story, and that is that immunization provides the best protection against life threatening illness and is one of the major success stories of modern medicine. The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.
    This is like recommending that people know both sides of the story as to whether or not the world is round.

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