Finally, the baby has arrived, the day you have been waiting for so long, and you've just been through a hard, exciting and emotional birth, that you'll never forget.
Like a freshly baked mother, especially if this is your first baby, there is many new experiences, and your baby will develop a lot every single day.
The first few weeks with the newborn are about getting to know each other, it can be challenging with all the crying, but this is the baby's way of telling about their needs. Together, you will build a close relationship, create routines and make it easier to understand the baby's needs.
Being born is not only new to the mother, but also for the baby. The baby has lived in your stomach for nine months, had a constant temperature around 37 degrees, heard the voice of both mother and father, your heart beat, nourished through the umbilical cord, and laying safe into the placenta bag. Being born can be a significant strain, almost a shock to the baby. It meets an unknown world where absolutely everything is new. For the first time, it experiences lights, colors, textures, gravity, colder temperatures, new and stronger sounds, and flavors.
From day 1, the child is eager to learn, explore, and it begins to develop his senses.
A newborn does not have a fully developed vision, it only sees the closest, at 20-25 centimeters distance. This distance is from your chest and to your eyes. When you are breastfeeding your baby, the baby will get to know you and your face and is an essential part of the mother-child relationship. The eyes attract to patterns, contrasts, and structures.
Since the child does not have a well-developed vision, hearing will be much better than the vision. The baby has since been in your stomach, heard voices and sounds, and can now recognize them. Your baby prefer to listen to human sounds, and especially the parents, over other sounds, which will also help calm the baby if it is crying. Other things that your baby will remember well is your heartbeat, which will make your child feel calm on your breast, as well be one of the favorite places for your baby to sleep, as it will feel like the safest place on earth right now.
The baby will recognize the voice and smell of his mother and will love to study you and will quickly recognize your face. It takes a little longer to recognize dad's face, as the baby will be mostly with mom at the beginning.
The sense of taste and smell is well developed from birth, and the baby can already recognize the parents smell from others.
Hand and arm movements are not adequately developed. The coordination and muscles will be more developed all the time as the baby will move and try to strive to take on things. Much of the movement is also reflexes that the baby is born with.
When the baby is lying on the chest, it will automatically search for the mother's breast. It can smell the sweet milk and begin to search for the breast. The sucking reflex is the strongest reflex, and the baby will start to suck as soon as it finds the breast. The root reflex allows the baby to turn his head to the same side as you stretch the cheek. The moro reflex is a series of fixed movements by the arms and then the legs are stretched out, and then a gasp after air. This is the baby's way of alerting danger, a sense of loss of control. The baby can cry, and it is important as a parent to show intimacy and love.
Communication and social development:
Communication can be some of the most challenging for a newborn baby who does not have language. The baby communicate by using hands and body language to emphasize needs, as well as crying and facial expression. When you get to know your baby more, it will be easier for you to meet the baby's needs and understand what your baby is expressing. For the baby to feel safe, it is essential to meet the basic needs of food, closeness, warmth, and love so that the baby feels safe and loved. The first years of life are the most important for developing the feel of safety and loved.
Senses and motor skills:
The baby can keep his head up for some seconds when lying on the stomach, and will already use all his senses by listening, recognizing voices, studying the face, tasting skin and touching. These senses and motor skills will be strengthened all the time and be in development.
6 Milestones the first few weeks:
- The baby focuses on objects 20-25 cm from the face. Trying to look at you when talking to the baby.
- Can hear differences in deep and bright tones, and recognize the parent's voice.
- Draws attention to you when talking to the baby.
- Recognize faces.
- Responds positively to parenting stimuli and will appreciate your attention and presence.
- May keep eye contact if it is well spaced from the face.
The baby is 1 month old
After a few weeks, the baby will become more aware of the surroundings. As a parent, you have begun to understand the baby, and together you feel safer and everyday life starts to get a different form. One of the biggest milestones after a month is the smile, which the parents will enjoy, getting such a fantastic response back.
- The baby starts to get more waking periods throughout the day.
- The neck is stronger and manages to hold its head up for a little while.
- Now the child can clearly distinguish between people, voices and tastes.
- If you put something in the hand of the baby, it will grab and try to lift it to the face.
- Moves your gaze for sounds and turns your head around your chest or bottle.
- Responds positively to your voice and will try to focus on you when you speak.
- The child can make some simple sounds
- Recognizes and responds positively to your voice and will try to look at you when you speak