Well, my baby boy is already 3 months old… time flies so fast. He can now smile, reply with a coo when we talk to him, turn on his sides and also, enjoys his tummy time… pheeww.. he’s got to learn many more!
This journey of three months involved new learning, fun-filled activities and of course few challenges as well.
I am sure most of you new Moms out there have several questions and worries in your mind each day, as your baby is growing – new activity, new expressions, etc.
Even I had several questions and worries, but with my own new experience each day and after reading tips from other moms and baby blogs, I feel that the below five are the most common worries of every new mom :
#1. My baby does not sleep at night.
Well, this is a common concern. It sounds quite depressing to be sleep-deprived during the first few weeks after baby’s birth. If the baby was born late evening or during the night, it is very much possible that baby sleeps more often during the day and is awake at night. As long as the baby gets enough sleep, whether he or she sleeps during the day or night doesn’t matter at all.
#2. My baby doesn’t poop everyday.
Yes, that is very normal once the baby is 2 months old. During the first 4-6 weeks, babies poop twice or thrice a day. But once the baby is 2 months old, it possible that the baby goes without pooping for 2-3 days or even a week.
I was really worried about my baby as he didn’t poop for 6 days. I called the pediatrician and he said, “Well, 6 days and no poop, no fever, then nothing to worry about. It’s quite normal. Baby will poop whenever he wants too. And if he doesn’t poop for more than a week, bring him to the clinic.”
OK, so it is normal for babies to poop once a week, provided there is no fever, the poop color is yellowish, is not solid (constipation in formula-fed babies due to high iron content) and baby is active and playful.
#3. Am I producing enough milk for my baby?
As long as the baby is satisfied and content with each feeding, there is nothing wrong. But if the baby cries because he’s hungry after every feeding, then you need to consult your family doctor or a lactation consultant.
Most moms produce enough milk to for her baby. If you work or study and go without feeding for 5-6 hours, then it is a good idea to express some milk using a breast pump (manual or electric) as it can be stored under room temperature for 5-6 hours or refrigerated. Additionally, it is a relief for you (from engorged and painful breasts) as well and most importantly, your baby can be fed with your milk rather than formula. Expressing milk is also convenient for moms who gave birth via C-section, as it is difficult to sit for long periods for first 6-8 weeks after delivery.
Don’t worry, as long as your baby is happy and content, there is no need to get alarmed about milk production!
#4. My baby cries a lot. Is that normal?
Baah! Babies cry for various reasons. Most common reasons being:
– I’m hungry
– I am sleepy
– I am just being fussy
Especially between 6 weeks to 3 months, the babies go through so much developmental changes, that they just become fussy. If the baby is crying too much but is feeding well, playful, pees and poops regularly, it is not alarming.
#5. Is my baby developing normally?
I have always been referring to BabyCenter calendar for weekly development updates. Remember this is just a reference and it does not mean that your baby needs to be doing exactly the same activity as described in the calendar.
Each baby is different and develops at his or her own pace. Few babies develop advanced skills such as smiling or cooing as early as 7-8 weeks. My baby started replying to me with his coos as early as 7 weeks. He was able to identify his Mom at 8 weeks and how do I know that, it’s his big, wide and heavenly SMILE !!
So don’t worry, your baby is developing well, read out to him, play soothing music, talk to him about the things you are doing..
That said, it is very natural for a new mom to worry about baby stuff, but with my own experience I would say, DO NOT WORRY! You NEED to contact the pediatrician. only if it is an alarming situation, where your baby has fever and is not very playful,
Stay tuned for more updates on my experience as a new mom and tips on baby care.
Have a good weekend!