Welcoming a newborn into your family is an incredible experience. These tiny humans bring intense emotions and care, especially for first-time parents.
So, let's start at their beginning.
From the moment of birth, newborn babies have distinct physical characteristics that differentiate them from older babies and children. Newborns enter the world with...
- Soft and delicate skin
- Fine, downy hair called lanugo
- Presence of vernix caseosa, a white, waxy substance that protects the baby's skin
- Large head in proportion to the body
- Flexed limbs
How Long Does the Newborn Stage Last?
In medical terms, the neonatal or "newborn" period is typically defined as a baby who is in the first 28 days of life. But newborns are often described based on various developmental changes that go into 3-4 months old. Day by day, a newborn baby will quickly learn and reach various milestones as they grow into the infant stage.
Creating a Safe Environment
Feeding and Nutrition
Diapering and Bathing
Bonding and Stimulation
Here are some key developmental milestones that occur during the first 3 to 4 months of babies' life:
- Rooting reflex: Newborns instinctively turn their heads and open their mouths when their cheeks are touched, helping them find the breast or bottle for feeding.
- Moro reflex: When startled, newborns will throw their arms and legs out and then bring them back in, as if embracing.
- Sucking reflex: Newborns have a natural instinct to suck on objects placed in their mouths, which aids in feeding.
- Grasp reflex: If you place your finger in a newborn's palm, they will automatically grasp it tightly.
Parenting a newborn as they grow into more independent infants and toddlers is a beautiful and transformative experience. By providing a nurturing environment, and meeting challenges with patience and support, you can help your little one thrive. Embrace this incredible journey and cherish every moment as you watch your baby blossom into their unique self.