During pregnancy you sit for hours and imagine how your baby is going to look like and how will he or she feel the first time you are going to hold him. You wonder how birth for him is. How a normal baby looks, how will he react in is first hours of life. Let’s answer some of these questions.

1. What does birth mean for the baby?

Imagine you are in a place in total security, warmth and without pain or any discomfort at all and suddenly from there you seem to get pushed and thrown into a world of intense sensations: light, cold, smells, noises. Your back is for the first time straight and your lungs fell funny and burn a little. And now imagine that you are going back to that universe of warmth; you feel the mother’s skin and that feeling of safety when in her arms. in an ideal world the baby has just a few moments of the hush reality before he is returned to his mother’s arms.

2. How is the baby going to look like? 

His head might seem a little too big. He might have a pink or darken color or his hands and feet might be a little blue. All this is normal and the stains and strange colors will disappear in 24-48 hours.

3. What does the baby feel in his first hours? 

The first hour from the life of your baby is critical. The transaction to the real life is hard and he has to adjust. If you need to know more, ask the doctor and the nurse about what they are doing to him and their results. You are allowed to ask and receive answers, after all it is your baby. 

4. When is the right time to get close to the baby? 

The baby can make contact with the mother just after the few moments in which he is going to cry. If the room is not too bright, he will open his eyes and concentrate on his mother’s face.

5. Is it normal for a baby to want to go the sleep right after birth?

Birth is an exhausting experience and after an hour passes the mother and the baby must be left to sleep for a couple of hours. Also it is not unusual for the baby to sleep 4-8 hours more; maybe he will awake from time to time to get some food.  

The Joys And Angst Of Holding My First Baby

As a first-time parent, you need to be aware of the fact that certain situations may call for different ways of holding your baby. Here are some useful techniques on how to hold your little one.

Cradle Hold- This technique is probably the simplest and most natural way of carrying a baby. Basically, you have to position your baby’s head on the crook of your dominant arm. After that, wrap the other one around his or her body or simply use it as support.

This is an excellent position if you wish to just watch or talk to your little one. Many babies also sleep better when held this way. 

Belly Hold - Just lay your baby chest-down on top of your forearm and, using your other arm, secure him/her by placing it across his/her back. As an alternative, you may also position the baby transversely on your lap. Gassy babies will surely benefit a lot from being held in this manner. 

Hip Hold- You may utilize this technique as soon as the baby develops a certain amount of neck and head control. Simply place the baby, facing outward, on a seated position on either your left or right hip. Using your same side arm, secure your baby by wrapping it around his/her waist. This does not only provide you with a free arm, it’s also a terrific way for the baby to perceive the world around him/her. 

Shoulder Hold- Lean the baby against one of your shoulders while providing necessary prop using your same side arm. Be sure to wrap your supporting arm around the baby’s buttocks. Using your free arm, secure the baby’s neck and back. Babies normally snooze well in this position. 

So there you have it, your “holding my first babyessentials. Although, the task may appear to be daunting at first, you shouldn’t be afraid of trying it out. Just keep in mind that the joys of holding your baby definitely overwhelm the angst.

My First Baby Essentials

Having a baby for the first time invokes a lot of emotions. You feel happy yet fear at the same time because you still do not know what to do. You feel excited yet you also feel anxious because you are delving into the unknown. These are just some of the emotions a mother can feel when she has her “my first baby moments.”

Being that this is your first baby, you should not entrust everything to motherly instincts. You should also do some research and studies on the essentials in taking care of a baby. After all, your baby will be depending on you for its comfort as well as its survival.

The most basic concerns that mothers should be focusing on especially on their baby’s first couple of weeks are feeding and sleeping.





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 Feeding Your Baby

Having adequate nourishment is essential to your baby’s proper development that is why he or she needs to be fed with the right amount of milk at the right time. 

You can give your baby ready to feed formula. It is safe and healthy. However, you must not mix this with water because your baby might not get sufficient calories. On the other hand, concentrated formula should be mixed with water in a 1 is to 1 ratio. 

Usually after a couple of weeks, your baby will be able to consume more or less a quart of formula each day. You should also check if your baby manifests symptoms such as frequent vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation or rashes as this may mean that the formula is not fit for him or her and may need to be changed. This is also the reason why it is still highly suggested that you breastfeed your baby if possible as this is better than any milk or formula in the market. 

The proper feeding time of a baby typically has a 2 to 3 hour interval. A common sign that you should look out for is crying that can’t be hushed through lullabies. 

You can also check if your baby is having adequate nourishment or not. A properly nourished baby will usually have a wet diaper during the 2 to 3 hour interval and the colour of the urine should be clear.

Stool is soft and yellow in colour. Breast-fed babies will typically pass tools 6 times in a day while bottle-fed ones may pass stools every three days. 


Babies sleep normally for a length of 10 to 23 hours day. Any less of the minimum can be detrimental to your baby’s development. Here are some tips on how you can help your baby achieve the normal length of sleep he or she needs: 

* Make sure that your baby has completed his or her rituals before you put him or her to sleep. This includes feeding, burping, and diaper change. 

* Wrap your baby securely so as to prevent him or her from doing excessive movements that can disturb his or her sleep. This will also provide your baby warmth. 

* Place your baby in supine position. Studies show that letting your baby sleep on his or her back is the safest position for him or her and lessens the occurrence of Sudden Infant Death. 

Feeding and sleeping are just two of a “my first baby essentials.” Basically, these are your main responsibilities for the first couple of weeks.

Do You Have the Right Bedding for Your Baby ?

While the birth of a baby is the most exceptional experience in any woman's life, it is after the birth of the child that the real work begins. There are many skills that a new mother will have to learn and learn quickly; bottles, diapers and childhood diseases are only a few. 

Choosing the proper bedding for your baby will be one of the critical decisions you have to make. Common sense and experts both agree that the primary factor in choosing the bedding needs to be safety. Proper bedding is absolutely critical for the safety and comfort of your baby. 

To provide both comfort and safety it is imperative that the bedding not be too hard or too soft, improper bedding has been suspected as a possible cause in many cases of sudden infant death syndrome. This has normally been attributed to a very soft mattress. If the mattress is too soft it can cause the infant's mouth and nose to be covered. If this happens then the baby is inhaling the same air they exhale. This can cause a rapid build of carbon dioxide in the babies system. Excessive carbon dioxide can cause drowsiness, coma and even death. 

Baby beds come in a large selection of varieties and styles; regardless of the baby bed used it is critical that the bedding properly match the bed. The three types of baby beds are: bassinet, cradle and cribs. It is fairly easy to distinguish between the different types of beds? 

Bassinets are oblong or round baskets that serve as a bed for infants. 

Cribs are normally square so you can get a mattress that perfectly fits the dimensions of your crib. The mattress is normally covered with a coverlet and or blankets. You can also include pillows to make your baby more comfortable.  

A crib is a small bed that has very high side walls or railings. The purpose of he high sides or rails is to protect your baby or toddler. Since they can be used until the child is around two years old, cribs are usually considered the more economical choice. 

A cradle is a small low bed that is normally mounted on rockers; cradles are only good while the child is still an infant. In all of these the material used to make the bed will help indicate what precautions need to be taken. 

In a bassinet the bedding needs to provide enough space that the baby can roll from side to side. Bassinets are usually full of lacing and trimming which can reduce the actual available space for the baby. Cradles come in a variety of shapes and sized, one advantage of the cradle is that it can be rocked to help soothe the baby. There is normally not much bedding used inside of a cradle. 

Cribs are normally square so you can get a mattress that perfectly fits the dimensions of your crib. The mattress is normally covered with a coverlet and or blankets. You can also include pillows to make your baby more comfortable

Caution should be used not to fill the crib with too many pillows or the baby can stand on them and fall and hurt themselves. Any of the styles of beds can be safely used to keep your child save and comfortable. 

Once you have determined what type of bedding will correctly fit the equipment you have the only other consideration is the pattern and style that you find pleasing.

We hope this has been some help for you and your bundle of joy.
Laurie Mills

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