5 Things to Know About Your Newborn Baby
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
My kids are getting OLD (my youngest started Kindergarten this year!), but luckily I have several friends who are still having babies. Some of them are having their first. Others are expecting their third or fourth child. And – yes – I have volunteered to babysit for any and all newborns!
Whether you’re pregnant, have just given birth or are hoping to have a baby in the future, here are five fun things to know about newborns.
Newborns can sleep as much as 16 hours per day, often sleeping 1 – 2 hours at a time. I’ll never forget how surprised I was that my first child needed to eat every two hours all night long when we first came home from the hospital. Luckily, they’re able to stretch their sleep time out at night fairly quickly, with most 6-month-olds sleeping for at least six hours at a time.
Bust a Move!
It is said that newborns can recognize the music that you played while they were in the womb. My newborn daughter would calm down immediately when we played her older brother’s toddler tunes – probably because they were on repeat the entire time I was pregnant.
Due to undeveloped ducts, newborns don’t cry with real tears until they’re about three weeks old. Lack of tears doesn’t mean that they’re faking that cry – the ability to fake cry doesn’t usually happen until a few months later. (HA!)
We have all heard that babies who are breastfed often have stronger immune systems, but did you know that this may be due in part to the presence of Human Milk Oligosaccharides, aka HMOs? These special prebiotics are found naturally in breast milk and feed good/beneficial bacteria in the gut – where 70% of the immune system exists. Some are also absorbed into the blood stream to support baby’s developing immune system beyond the gut.
Hush, Little Baby!
Rocking, dimming lights and swaddling can all help to calm your baby. All three of my kids would calm down instantly anytime we were able to walk outside. I can remember walking onto the front porch at 3 am one morning to calm my sweet, colicky Alice. It worked every time, but it’s not always possible with winter babies.
This post is sponsored by Abbott, the makers of Similac. All opinions are my own.