Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! Nothing will make you more concerned than not knowing what to expect from your new little one. Here are a few guidelines to help you along the way. If you have any other questions or concerns, I would recommend talking to your pediatrician. They should be able to answer anything that may pop into your mind.
When you first take them home from the hospital, they will probably sleep most of the day and night (hopefully, for your sake). Most newborns will sleep about 80 percent of the day. Yes, they pretty much eat and sleep. Their movements are jerky with their limbs, and their whole body will respond to sudden changes. Do not be alarmed, this is typical. They cannot see distance, in fact, they can only see about 8-12 inches away from their face. They cannot see colors yet, only black and white. No need to buy a pretty colorful shirt, they do not know the difference.
Your new baby loves to hear high pitched voices. All he/she cares about is food, sleep, mom and dad. When it comes times to clip your baby’s fingernails and toenails, make sure they are sleeping when you do it. It will eliminate stress and make it a lot easier.
After they are about one month old, you will notice a few changes. Their facial features will look a lot different than what they did at birth. They will be more responsive to someone’s presence or their excitement. Your baby’s head control will get a lot better and will be bobbing around a lot less. They will also be able to control their movements better, so the arms and legs will be less jerky when they move.
They will also become a lot more playful. Around two months of age, they may start to bat at toys, and soon they will be able to pick up and hold a small toy in their hand. They will cry a lot less, though it will be louder because the lungs have developed better. Around three months they will start being able to sit upright while they are being supported.
The changes you will notice in your baby in the first three months are incredible. This first year is crucial to them learning. By the ago of one you will not be even able to remember how they were at birth because of all the changes. I recommend keeping a journal and a baby book to record some of these special memories because it comes so fast and you will want something to remember. Also, if you have any other questions or concerns for your newborn, talk to your doctor. They will be able to give all the advice and help that you may need.