How long is a baby considered a newborn?

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.

Newborn Needs

Understanding a newborns special needs is crucial to ensure your little one thrives and grows.

Creating a Safe Environment

The first step in caring for your newborn is to create a safe and nurturing environment. Newborns are delicate so it's important to introduce them to everyday notions like staying warm and sleeping with safety in mind. 

Feeding and Nutrition

Now that they are out of the womb, newborns will adjust to feeding. With specific nutritional needs it is essential to establish a good latch and feed your baby on demand when breastfeeding. If you are using formula, follow the instructions carefully and remember to burp your baby after each feeding to prevent discomfort.

Diapering and Bathing

Keeping your newborn clean and dry is essential for their comfort and well-being. Change your baby's diaper frequently to prevent rashes and irritation. Use gentle wipes or warm water and a soft cloth to clean their delicate skin. 

Sleeping Patterns

Newborns sleep for most of the day, but their sleep patterns can be unpredictable. Starting a soothing bedtime routine can help establish healthy sleep habits. Cuddling your baby before putting them to bed and avoid stimulating activities before bed can help babies get the sleep they need.

Bonding and Stimulation

Bonding with your newborn is a beautiful way to foster their emotional and cognitive development. Spend quality time cuddling, talking, and singing to your baby. Engaging in gentle play is the most valuable gift you can give to your little one.

Newborn Support

Caring for a newborn requires patience, understanding and love. Meeting your newborns every need can be challenging and it's okay to get help. Tula offers 3 different newborn carriers that are specifically designed for these newborn needs. 
All of our baby carriers are adjustable to your partner, family, or friends can help support you. And we've created Tula Love as a babywearing parenting group to help learn the ins and out of babywearing. Working with trusted healthcare professionals will help you valuable insights and reassurance as your baby grows.



Newborn Milestones

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.




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