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Article: The Baby’s Here! 24 Things to Expect for Those First 24 Hours

The Baby’s Here! 24 Things to Expect for Those First 24 Hours
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The Baby’s Here! 24 Things to Expect for Those First 24 Hours

The day has come.

You know, the one on the calendar that’s marked, “BABY”.

After 9 months of waiting and wondering, you finally get to hold your bundle of joy. 

Ten little fingers, ten little toes, and a love that overflows… what a special moment.

In honour of this wonderful time in your life, here’s a helpful starter pack to parenthood.

We’ve put together a list of 24 things you should be aware of during those first 24 hours.

24 for 24, here we go!

  1. It’s natural for newborns to be puffy faced and gooey eyed after a journey through the birth canal.
  1. The soft spot on the baby’s conical-shaped head is normal and nothing to worry about.
  1. Most newborn babies have dry, patchy skin.
  1. Your baby should be given a sponge bath after birth, as it’s important to keep the umbilical cord dry.
  1. The first 24-hours is all about trying to establish a routine of diaper changes, feedings and naps.
  1. It’s not uncommon to go through 10 to 12 diaper changes in the first day.
  1. Newborn babies will want to feed every 2 to 3 hours.
  1. If your newborn looks uncomfortable, or fusses, while feeding, it's probably time to burp them.
  1. Newborn babies can get hiccups and spit-up frequently.
  1. Newborn babies will typically consume between 16 and 24 ounces of breast milk or formula in a day.
  1. Newborn babies sleep through most of the day, with only a few hours of wakefulness.
  1. It’s recommended to wake your newborn baby up after 3 hours of continuous sleeping.
  1. A newborn baby may stop breathing for 5 to 10 second while sleeping, which is known as irregular breathing, and is common.
  1. Newborn baby cues include crying, pursing of the lips (rooting), and sucking of the fingers.
  1. Don’t be freaked out by the high-pitched, piercing wails of your newborn. It’s their way of communicating.
  1. Newborn baby cries are typically dry, without the presence of actual tears.
  1. Your newborn baby’s first poo is black, odourless, and has an almost tar-like consistency.
  1. Risk of SIDs is the highest between birth and 12-months, so make sure to lay your newborn on their back.
  1. 75% of newborns prefer to turn their head right when lying on their back.
  1. Recreate the womb-like feeling by swaddling your newborn with an organic cotton wrap.
  1. The first night with a newborn can be very challenging, so expect to get little to no sleep.
  1. The first time that you nurse can be uncomfortable, painful and challenging. Make sure to get a proper latch.
  1. Your newborn baby has a vulnerable immune system, so you’ll want to wash your hands thoroughly before holding them.
  1. The first 24 hours will pass by in a blur, so try and be present in the moment.

Last but not least, trust your mommy instinct.

It will always steer you in the right direction, even if it seems non-existent.

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and have a feel for that in-built intuition.

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