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Is My Baby Normal?

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Is My Baby Normal

Babies do all sorts of seemingly oddish things. Things that’ll leave you wondering, is my baby normal? Sometimes their movements and reflexes can look scary to those who haven’t been around newborns or who aren’t well-versed in their behaviors. We noticed that when we work with new parents, we almost always get asked, “my baby does ________, is my baby normal?”

Common baby behavior includes evolutionarily-base reflexes. These can seem frightening and sometimes funny too (shhhh). We delve into each of these ahead and explain why your baby isn’t an actual alien life form.

Rooting is a reflex that helps your baby, well, root.

What does that mean? It means that this adaptation allows your baby to seek out and find a nipple. They’ll turn their heads side to side, lifting their necks, with their eyes closed.  It’s actually an early indicator of hunger, shortly before they cry and scream emerge.  When they root, they’ll sniff you if you are holding them! If they are by themselves or in a bassinet, you might notice that they put their whole fist in their mouths!

Tonic Neck reflex is a much more subtle reflex.

Fencing or Tonic Neck reflex is when your little one looks like he/she is the “On guard” position when they lie on their back. Some may describe the baby as looking like a little fencer! It serves as an important clue to their neurological development.  For instance, if your baby is never or always in this position, or continues this reflex past six months, it’s important to mention it to the pediatrician.

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Fencing or Tonic Neck reflex

The Startle or Moro reflex is simultaneously intriguing and funny.

When you make a loud noise or sudden movement, like unswaddling, your baby will throw his/her hands upwards and their body will jolt. Sometimes, though, it seems to happen when the house is as quiet as a library. This particular reflex is another leftover evolutionary adaptation as it helped our prehistoric ancestors respond to danger.  Notice how their hands grasp while they move their arms upwards?  Since we are primates, this ensured that the baby would hold very tightly to the mother as she escaped danger.  Speaking of grasping…

The Grasp or Palmer reflex works in conjunction with the Moro, but is important on its own.

If you put your finger on the palm of your baby’s hand, he/she will instinctively close their hand around yours. This is one of the cutest, most enjoyable reflexes a parent, family member, or caregiver can expereince. This serves to keep them safe as discussed above, but it also is the beginning of fine motor development.

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Grasp of Palmer reflex

The Plantar or Babinski reflex refers are associated with the feet of the newborn.

Just as the Palmer reflex is a reaction of the fingers curling to grab, the Plantar, or Babinski, reflex is the foot’s way of responding to stimuli and helps the body to begin developing gross motor skills. Stroke your finger along the sole of their feet, right under the toes and you’ll see some extreme monkey ability!

Sometimes, parents will notice that their baby’s eyes are rolling into the back of their head!

This is really common and completely normal. As babies come out of or are going into a deep sleep, their state of consciousness is shifting and thus, their eyes will roll under their eyelids. Sometimes, their eyelids open a little and you see all the eye movement. (Generally speaking, there is no need to worry, but like anything, if you’re concerned call a medical provider.)

While we’re on the subject of beautiful baby eyes I want to also mention that if your baby’s may appear crossed from time to time. That can be normal too. It usually always straightens out by the baby’s first birthday. Talk with your pediatrician if you are concerned, but at each well-check they will examine your baby’s eyes to make sure they are developing correctly!

Periodic Breathing

Have you ever noticed that your baby, particularly when asleep, will start breathing short, little breaths like gasps and they’ll whimper? Well, this is another scary newborn event, which is also completely normal! Babies have immature respiratory systems and this is their body’s way of strengthening and regulating oxygen intake (similar to yawning releasing carbon dioxide).  They may whimper and make sounds during this bout of Periodic Breathing, but baby should not however, appear to be struggling to breathe or stop breathing altogether.

You’ll find yourself time and time again wondering, is my baby normal? As you grow as a parent, you’ll begin to wonder, “what is normal anyway?” Then, you’ll begin to differentiate between normal and abnormal behavior. It’s always good to know that some of the strangest baby happenings are absolutely normal.  And if you are still anxious, well, your pediatrician is only a phone call away!

 

Baby Registry List for the Minimalist

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Baby Registry for Minimalist Parents

Baby Registry for List for the Minimalist

With gadgets and gizmos a-plenty, how do you know what you really need for your baby registry? Truthfully newborns don’t “need” a lot during the first three months, they really don’t. Warmth, milk, and comfort in the arms of those who love them. First Coast Doulas loves making life easier. We’ve created a “Minimalist Checklist” printable for your baby’s first three months of life!

Baby Registry Essentials:

1. Car Seat

The first and most important item on your list should always be bought new, never used. Be sure you are following the manufacturer’s recommendation for height and weight requirements as well as usage. If you have an infant car seat from an older sibling be certain your seat isn’t expired and you are following guidelines for safety.

Generally, the law and other government organizations set minimum safety guidelines that are far below best practice. A great website to help with all things car seat and carseat safety related is csftl.org. They have a Facebook page too!

2. Crib & Mattress/Pack n Play

safe place for your baby to sleep is a necessity. Both the crib and the Pack n Play have pros and cons and each family will decide what fits their needs best for the first three months. If your parents saved your crib for you to use with your baby it’s a precious gift. However, if it’s a drop-side crib it’s not a safe sleep space for your infant. In 2011 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ban on the use, sale, or resale of drop-side cribs. Cribs that allow you to lower the side are responsible for infant deaths via suffocation and strangulation. Keep your baby as safe as possible and say “pass” on drop-side cribs.

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3. Bouncy Seat/Rock n Play/Swing

A place other than the crib/Pack n Play to free up your arms when you need both hands and don’t want to or aren’t able to wear your baby. Any and all of these are great options. Al have pros and cons and each family will decide what fits their needs best for the first three months.

4. Sling/Carrier

Getting things done around the house can be difficult for parents of a newborn. Babies have the biological need to be very close to their parents during the first several months. In addition, if you’re concerned with people holding or touching your baby too much in those first few months wearing your baby reduces the desire for others. Since you can’t grow two additional arms, wear your baby!

5. Reclining Stroller

The reclining feature is a must so your newborn can lie back flat. It’s also great for siblings to push or ride in. Many grandparents may be more comfortable with a stroller versus babywearing for several reasons; unbalanced footing, ease of use, etc.

6. Thermometer with Probe Covers

The first time you feel your baby and they feel “warm” or “hot” it will scare you. First baby or fourth, your heart drops to your stomach. Don’t be caught without a rectal thermometer and disposable probe covers. The recommended way to check a baby’s temperature less than six months of age is rectally. Your pediatrician is a great person to ask for guidance if you’re nervous.

7. Nasal Aspirator & Saline Solution

You’ve probably seen a bulb syringe used to suction a baby’s nose. That is a nasal aspirator. You will be given one at the hospital. They sell saline nose drops/spray over the counter and both aspirator and saline are cheap.  The Nose Frida is a nasty looking booger, but works so well and loved by many! It can be cleaned better than the bulb, and it’s used with less fuss from babies!

8. Diapering

No matter which you put on your baby registry, cloth, disposables, or a combination of both if you choose to stock up ahead of time make sure you know your store’s return and exchange policy and save those receipts! Some babies have sensitivities and some diapers work/fit differently on different babies, you really would have no way of knowing that beforehand. Pro secret; babies stay in size 3 disposable diapers the longest of all sizes.

Cloth Diapering Essentials:

35-50 diapers

8-10 waterproof covers (if not using AIO)

velcro/pins/snap closures

1 waterproof changing pad

1 tube of diaper cream (cloth diaper safe)

diaper pail

25-30 cloth wipes or terry cloth wash cloths

1-wet bag for travel

Disposable Diapering Essentials:

120 diapers

waterproof changing pad

1 tube of diaper cream

diaper pail/bags (diaper disposal)

large box of wipes (500-800 count)

9. Diaper Bag/Back Pack

Diaper bags are essential for traveling, but can double as a diaper caddy to make changing your baby upstairs, downstairs, or any room in your home easy.

10. Sun Shade for Car

Protecting your baby’s sensitive skin from sunburn is very important, especially since sun screen isn’t an option at this age. One way to do that is to put up a car window sun shade to keep those harmful UV rays out.

11. Pacifiers with Holder

If you are opting to use pacifiers straight away we suggest buying 2-3 different types of pacifiers. The hospital will provide one for your baby, but having backups is a very wise choice. Don’t forget to properly sanitize your baby’s pacifiers by boiling and cooling before use and grab a paci holder or two to keep it attached to baby and off the floor or other surfaces crawling with germs.

12. Bath Time Essentials:

1-infant tub/large dish pan (to bathe in sink)

2-4 soft infant wash cloths

1-2 soft hooded towels

1- gentle soap/wash

13. Brush

A super soft bristled brush is a must. It can be used to brush the fine hair on your baby’s head without hurting their sensitive scalp. It also helps to loosen the cradle cap that some babies experience.

14. Nail Clippers

Be sure to pick up clippers made for tiny newborn hands; some even have a magnifying glass on the end. Clipping your infant’s nails, like checking your baby’s temperature rectally is something many parents dread. No worries, you’ll be fine and so will baby!

15. Nightlight(s)

Gone for now are the nights of pitch black. You’ll need to see for night feeds, diaper changes, and maybe even pumping milk. Avoiding bright lights is a must, but complete darkness is not going to serve you well. There are all sorts of nightlights available including some motion activated ones. Buy one for each room you’ll frequent during the night.

16. Clothing

A word to the wise. Everyone adores teeny tiny baby clothes, they are so darn cute! For that reason I say wait to purchase those! You will of course come across a few of the most awesome baby digs imaginable and you’ll buy instead of adding them to your baby registry! Grab the 6-9 months or bigger, because more times than not people will gift you newborn or 3-6 months sizes. Also, consider what size the baby will be in the season your buying for!

When adding clothes to your baby registry you have no way of knowing if you’ll have a preemie baby, “newborn” size, or a newborn that is already into the 0-3 month’s size. Keep that in mind. Know your store’s exchange and refund policy and save those receipts! If you find yourself with new, unused baby things re-gifting is never a bad idea when we’re talking tiny humans who outgrow things rapidly.

Clothing Essentials:

6-8 pair of socks (they can double as scratch mittens)

2 newborn hats

8-10 onesis appropriate for temperature in the house and when going outside; short sleeve, long sleeve, or combination of both will do.

4-6 button shirts for baby while their umbilical cord heals

6-8 footed sleepers with zippers

3-6 gowns (gowns lift with no snapping or zippers required and make diaper changes simple)

4-6 pair of pants and a jacket depending on the weather.

4-6 “outing” outfits

If you live in an area where it gets brutally cold you will want to plan for that. Remember that once you put your baby into the car you will need to remove the thick winter wear in order for them to be buckled in safely. A hat, mittens, and a car seat cover/canopy or an extra blanket will do just fine.

Many people feel more comfortable pre-washing everything. Dreft and Tide Free and Clear are considered the washing soap of choice by many parents. With that said majority of babies do just fine if you wash their clothes in whatever you’re already using. My personal advice is to start with what you already use. Maybe add in an additional rinse and see how it goes.

17. Feeding Supplies

If you are breastfeeding there really isn’t much you need. Sure there are tons of fancy products out there for the breastfeeding mom, none are truly essential. I would say read and learn how to store and handle breastmilk and how to hand express for sure. It is one of the very best ways to remove milk from your breast.

Breastfeeding Essentials:

1-box of disposable nursing pads ( or 10-12 washable)

1-2 nursing bras

nursing pillow (The Boppy pillow is great, but bed or coach pillows will do)

6-8 bibs

If you’re breastfeeding this book is a pocket guide that I recommend to keep near you as you nurse your baby.

If you are expecting to pump right away for various reason one may need or want to you’ll want to invest in a good breast pump. My recommendation is a closed pump system like the Ameda or the Spectra. Breastmilk storage bags or containers will also be needed.

Bottle Feeding Essentials:

8-4oz. bottles

bottle brush

8-10 bibs

1-travel bottle warmer

1-home bottle warmer

1-thermal travel bag

1-travel formula dispenser (if you’re using formula)

1-can formula (if you’re using formula) Speak with your pediatrician to get recommendations on which formula may be best for your baby.

Know and follow the World Health Organization’s (W.H.O.) guidelines when mixing powdered formula. Powdered formula is not sterile and requires a specific preparation to avoid illness.

18. Swaddlers/Receiving Blankets

2-3 swaddlers & 6-8 receiving blankets or

8-10 receiving blankets

From birth until they begin trying to roll over, around 2-4 months swaddling your baby helps soothe them. Swaddling can be achieved using a swaddler or by using large, but thin receiving blankets. Receiving blankets also double as great burp cloths!

19. 1-2 Waterproof Mattress Pad(s)

A breathable, tight-fitting mattress pad is essential to keeping your mattress in great condition! You can buy these for full size cribs as well as the Pack n Play some are louder than others as baby moves.

20. 2-4 Fitted Crib/Pack n Play Sheets

Make sure your sheets are tight-fitting on your mattress for safer sleep!

21. 4-6 Prefold Cloth Diapers

They make excellent burp cloths and can be picked up relatively cheap. Another option is using the thinner receiving blankets as burp cloths.

22. Baby Tracker (that’s the name of the app) App

For those who love to chart, keep notes, or journal this is the app for you! If you need to keep records or just love to know what happened when it’s amazing. It also allows multiple people to track; mom, dad, and your postpartum & newborn doula! Oh and it happens to be free.

23. Baby Book/Websites/Resource List

There are some great books and websites to help you learn about your baby’s development, milestones, common concerns/aliments, and how to care for your newborn.

Creating a personalize resource list will first help you explore and learn about various options, and secondly it will be handy and available should you find your baby in a fussy mood or your breasts in a painful situation. To get you started we recommend The Baby Book, by Dr. Sears. Kellymom.com if you are breastfeeding, and Jacksonville Pregnancy, and Parenting on Facebook.

We hope this blog has been helpful in discovering what you really need for your baby registry! Follow us to stay connected. Get your FREE shopping printable HERE, take it with you when you shop, create a baby registry, or to share with others. Here’s to a happy newborn and healthy fourth trimester!

Delayed Cord Clamping Benefits; ACOG Recommendations

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Delayed Cord Clamping Benefits; ACOG Recommendations

Whether you want to use a birth plan or not you’ll want to know about these options. Most care providers aren’t going over these in prenatal visits routinely. It’s important to have an open discussion about your options. The benefits can last a minimum of six weeks for you and up to a year for you and for your baby.

That’s HUGE!

We rarely display photos of umbilical cords for the simple fact that not everyone wants to see them, we respect that! However, this blog warrants a visual that’s as amazing as the benefits this blog is about! A huge thank you to Kristyn Blocher of Doulas Northwest for granting us permission to use her original photo in our blog.

First thing to consider when preparing for birth is delayed cord clamping.

In this photo the umbilical cord on top is a great depiction of what a cord that is clamped immediately following the birth of the baby looks like. The cord is still full of nutrient-filled blood that carries oxygen from your placenta to your baby. Iron-rich blood.

The bottom cord in the photo depicts what a well-drained cord looks like. When delayed cord clamping is performed the latest ACOG results showed better establishment of red blood cell volume and less need for blood transfusions. It helps reduce the chances of brain hemorrhage. Delayed cord clamping also showed increased hemoglobin levels and it’s shown to improve iron stores for several months. It can help prevent iron deficiency during the first year of your baby’s life! It also showed some pretty cool benefits for the woman giving birth.

The second thing to consider when preparing for birth is your well-being, your healing and post-birth recovery.

After you birth you’ll be responsible for caring for your baby and you’ll want to feel the best you can. Focusing on your recovery is important, I can’t stress that enough. You can’t serve from an empty cup. Hopefully you’ll have the support of family, friends, and a doula. There really can never be too much of the right kind of support post-birth! There is something more, something wildly obvious that may help you along in those first few months post-birth.

Your placenta! Please, hear me out!

It is full of nutrients rich blood. It sustains life while your baby grows and plays a role in your hormones during pregnancy. After birth your placenta is either discarded as medical waste or you can opt to have your placenta made into a dried, powder supplement to help nourish you after birth. A simple capsule that may help boost your energy levels, replenish lost nutrients and hormones, boost your milk supply, and possibly help to ward off or decrease the incident of postpartum depression.

At minimum when handled safely it can’t hurt you, only help you! You can extend the possibilities of those benefits for up to about a year post-birth, just ask me how!

Possible benefits are only possible though when your health, the health of your family, and the health of every client your postpartum placenta specialist (PPS) works with is kept in the highest regards. First Coast Doulas never cuts corners with your safety!

When considering placenta encapsulation as an option here are the best ways to stay safe.

  1. Always select a PPS who is running a legal business (If you’re in NEFL or SEGA you can check First Coast Doulas and others here), it’s a sign that this is her career, not just a hobby service she is providing.
  2. Your PPS should be comfortable explaining their practices with you.
  3. Select a PPS who has trained, certified and who holds a current certificationfor placenta encapsulation, ask to see it!
  4. Price shouldn’t dictate every decision you make in your life it’s true, but placenta encapsulation is really not something to be looking for on the cheap.
  5. Lastly and as equally important as the others, make sure your PPS isn’t picking up and transporting your placenta. Yes, this means the PPS will come to you.

A “birth plan” isn’t for everyone, FC Doulas understands and respects that! We go over these options and many others in our Family 1st Birthing classes. The option is open for you to make a “birth plan” or just discover the options and move on.

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I like to look at a birth plan as being more about the journey rather than the destination.

It’s a learning opportunity for couples to discover new and exciting things together and a chance to work as a team. This will be the first of many opportunities for Team Parent!

Happy birth and parenting from First Coast Doulas!

Authored by~ Elizabeth Luke

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Private Childbirth Classes

 

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Private Childbirth Classes

Considering private childbirth classes means you’re a dynamic individual!

When preparing for birth it’s much easier to know what you want when you are aware of what is available to you. You need an educator that is as forward-thinking as you are. Someone that can lay out all of your options, knows the ins and outs of the local birthing facilities, and presents the information in a way that allows you to explore what is best for you and your family. That’s exactly what you get with First Coast Doulas!

When attending Family 1st Private Birthing Classes with First Coast Doulas you can expect to learn about:

  • pregnancy & common ailments during
  • the stages of labor & birth
  • comfort measures
  • your rights
  • how to navigate labor in a way that works best for you in the moment
  • the physiological process of birth

You’ll also learn:

  • how to work with your body to feel more comfortable
  • positions that are helpful during birth
  • when those positions are most helpful

What’s better than that?

How about also learning tips and techniques from someone who works intimately with families giving birth and during the first six weeks after birth. Information to prepare you for what you can expect based on your birth choices, and how to care for your postpartum body, are also included.

Family 1st Private Childbirth Classes are the perfect place to explore how you will define a satisfying birth experience.

We provide you with information on un-medicated vaginal birth, various options for pharmacological pain relief including epidurals, and what to expect if you choose or require a cesarean. All the information is presented in an unbiased and judgement free manner. Regardless of your desires for your birth experience, gathering knowledge of the most common options and variations will help you feel prepared should your plans change along the way.

All of this in the comfort, privacy, and safety of your very own home.

Overall, these amazing classes will help you find what works best for you. You will complete your class feeling prepared with tools to navigate the unpredictability and intensity of your baby’s birth. Using research based information and proven techniques, you can expect to feel safer and less fearful of the birthing process. Are you ready to meet your baby?

Authored by Lacey Park agency owner at Chinook City Doulas, serving families in Calgary!

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Delayed Cord Clamping

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Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping is a term that you’ve likely heard of or read about if you are expecting a baby in the near future. At birth babies are attached to their placenta via their umbilical cord. The placenta is attached to the wall of the woman’s uterus. Once the baby is born the cord is clamped. This stops the flow of nutrient rich blood containing iron from the placenta to the baby. When the baby’s cord is clamped matters.

Some of you just thought, “So what’s the research say?” We got you!

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that, “delayed cord clamping (performed approximately 1–3 min after birth) is recommended for all births, while initiating simultaneous essential neonatal care.” Furthermore they say that early cord clamping (less than one minute after birth) is not recommended for pre-term and full-term babies unless they the baby needs to be moved immediately for resuscitation.

I especially love that they also address the fact that keeping the cord unclamped for a 1-3 minute period also helps to prevent and treat postpartum hemorrhage in the birthing woman.

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is defined as a rapid loss of blood after giving birth. PPH can happen anytime immediately following birth up to 6 weeks postpartum. The most common causes of PPH are poor contractions of the uterus, separation of the placenta or pieces of retained placenta, or a tear in the uterus. Some women are at higher risk for PPH. Women birthing more than a singleton baby, are of advanced maternal age, who are birthing via cesarean, and those who have had labor augmented with medication are at greater risk. So, it may be important to you to note that delayed cord clamping can help prevent and treat PPH.

Even more exciting, yesterday the American Congress of Obstetricians andGynecologists (ACOG) released their latest statement and the results show the following benefits:

In preterm infants:

  • improved transitional circulation
  • better establishment of red blood cell volume
  • less need for blood transfusion
  • reduces the incidence of brain hemorrhage
  • reduces the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (intestinal disease)

For term infants

  • increases hemoglobin levels at birth
  • improves iron stores for several months
  • helps prevent iron deficiency during the first year of life

ACOG also states that in most cases, delayed cord clamping doesn’t interfere with the immediate care the infant receives including the first breath and immediate skin-to-skin contact. Delayed cord clamping alone does not affect whether or not a woman can have her placenta encapsulated. Majority of women who are planning for or who need to have a cesarean birth can also consider delayed cord clamping.

So, if you’re in the midst of creating a birth plan or preference sheet, delayed cord clamping just might be something you want to include. In addition to taking a great childbirth education class be sure to talk with your provider if you have questions and make your wishes known to your support person(s) and your entire birth team.

Fun tid-bit of the day; delayed cord clamping is also known as optimal cord clamping! From us to you, happy birth and parenting! ~Elizabeth Luke

Your Newborn Baby; 5 Things You’ll Want Know

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Your Newborn Baby; 5 Things You’ll Want to Know

As delivery day approaches you’ll have all kinds of feels. The idea of your newborn baby in your arms can be overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. As a New Family Support Specialist I want to help enhance your experience. So today I’m sharing with you 5 things you’ll want to know about your newborn baby.

1. Your newborn baby will cry.

I’m sure that comes as no shock, after all, babies cry, it’s sort of their thing. The feeling you get when you hear the sound of your baby’s cry can catch you off guard though. I mean, you know babies cry, so why all the emotions? Damn hormones! Hormones and instincts are to blame. We are wired to respond and be attentive to our newborns most of the time. Your newborn baby has very few ways to communicate with you, crying is the most recognizable one and gets the most attention quickly.

Babies cry for a number of reasons; hunger, discomfort or pain, startling, and sometimes they just cry. Yes, for no known reason. Write this one down folks! No, in fact just print this blog, frame it and hang it in the nursery as a reminder! It will be ok. You try “all the things”, and at the end of the day you remind yourself that you did the best you could and that is enough. As your baby grows you will begin to learn what cry means what. For some it’s an intuitive feeling, but for most it’s a learned art, it takes time, and that’s ok.

2. Your newborn may have a mini period and swollen breasts.

Maternal hormones from the mother’s body are responsible for these happenings. Again I say, damn hormones! In the first couple of weeks of life your newborn baby girl may shed a tiny amount of blood from her uterus into her vagina, and make its way to her diaper. This is normal and perfectly healthy. We’re talking a very small amount.

Your newborn boy or girl may have swollen breasts. Yep, boys can have boobies too! For a limited time only, usually lasting around six weeks of age your baby’s breast tissue can appear raised, swollen, or full.

3. Your newborn will have mucus, and may sneeze frequently.

Your newborn spent his entire life surrounded by amniotic fluid. Stepping, sucking, practicing acrobatics, and he was taking practice breaths of fluid. At birth most of that fluid is cleared via a good squeeze as he passes through the birth canal and is suctioned away by the provider. In a cesarean birth babies are suctioned more thoroughly because they need a little more help clearing that fluid. Some of that fluid still remains in your newborn no matter how they were born.

Your newborn will pass that mucous over the next couple of weeks and will need your help being suctioned occasionally. Hearing your newborn with mucous in his mouth and throat can be a little unsettling, but have no fear, its normal and will pass with time. Sneezing is one way your baby clears his respiratory passages. Using a bulb syringe or similar product like the Nose-Frida you will help remove what they cannot clear themselves. As long as the fluid is clear or milky like and not yellow or green there is no reason to be alarmed.

In the Family 1st Birthing Classes we cover birth, but we also cover what to expect in the first two weeks after birth. The classes are comprehensive and customized to your unique needs.

4. Your baby’s eyes may look crossed from time to time.

You could stare into her eyes forever! Don’t be surprised if one day while staring back your newborn’s eyes are crossed. In the first few months of life it’s very common. The eyes are surrounded by muscles. Majority of the time when the eyes are crossed some muscles may be a little weaker than others and just need more time to gain strength.

Your pediatrician will examine your baby’s eyes at each visit to make certain that everything is developing properly. If there is reason for concern you will be referred to a children’s eye specialist where further testing may be done.  If you are concerned or notice it happening more often absolutely mention it to your pediatrician.

Sometimes a baby’s eyes may appear to be crossed, but actually are not. This illusion is called pseudo strabismus and usually happens when a baby has a wide nasal bridge.

5. Your newborn will signal you when hungry.

You won’t hear the ringing of a little bell or get a, “Yo mom, when’s dinner?” No, no, you have a least a decade before that occurs, but your newborn will signal you when he or she wants to be fed. We all recognize crying as a sign of distress or hunger, but crying is actually a late indicator for hunger.

Catch your baby’s cues early and you can make feeding time a more enjoyable experience for all. If you wait until the late signs of hunger are displayed it may be necessary to calm your newborn before feeding her.

Early signs of hunger in your newborn include:

  • licking or smacking lips
  • opening and closing mouth
  • sucking on anything (lips, tongue, finger, hand)

Active signs of hunger in your newborn include:

  • the rooting reflex or turning their mouth towards your chest
  • crankiness displayed as breathing faster
  • squirming around, increased movement or stirring

Late signs of hunger in your newborn include:

  • crying
  • moving head from side to side
  • frantically moving around

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