Janine Smith, Mother Cuppa - 4th Trimester, Mother Cuppa Guides

Early Days With A Newborn

The early days with a newborn means you are probably learning fast that your beautiful baby doesn’t come with any instructions. You may be feeling more than a little lost and there are no easy solutions but this could be helpful for you…

Early days with a newborn: the first 5 days

In these early few days, you need to rest, be comfortable and be looked after as you feed, look after and get to know your baby.
Focus on having 5 days in bed to properly rest and recharge.

Early days with a newborn: 6-10 days

This is still a time to rest, recharge and to be looked after.
Focus on being on your bed/sofa for these 5 days so you are still resting, snoozing and being with your baby but you may be pottering about a bit more.

Early days with a newborn: 11-15 days

Depending on how you feel, you could be doing a bit more, getting outside now and seeing more visitors.

Even if you feel well, it is still beneficial to be looked after for a bit longer, so you are not jumping straight into doing. You may get tired quickly, especially if you have stitches.

Focus on being near your bed/sofa for these 5 days – and longer if you need it – so you can rest and snooze to aid your recovery.

Early days with a newborn: What to expect from your baby?

  • Your baby may sleep a lot, especially during the day – with more alert times and crying at night.
  • He needs to feed little and often, night and day. His stomach can only hold small amounts so expect to have to feed regularly.
  • Use cushions to be comfortable in bed and on the sofa, whether breast or bottle feeding.
  • In-between sleep and feeds, he will be wide-eyed and alert. Some babies will be chilled as they start to take in the world around them, other will be overstimulated by noise, lights, people and may need to cling to you to feel calm and safe.
  • He will be curled up and may prefer settling on you.
  • Safe swaddling can help with naps.

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