Overview: Week 1
Congratulations! The moment you have been anticipating and planning for is here! You’ve finally met the little baby that had been kicking and squirming inside of your body, and that tiny heart that once beat along with your own is now out in the world. After the kisses and cuddles and overwhelming emotion, there’s one tiny thing you may have overlooked – or make that dozens of tiny things.
While the bassinet may be assembled and the car seat installed, you might be starting to realize that it’s still hard to fully prepare yourself for how you feel, both physically and emotionally, in the first postpartum week. Keep in mind that this time is an adjustment period for even experienced parents, and it’s completely normal to feel a little overwhelmed with the enormity of what just happened.
To provide insight and comfort, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on everything you might be wondering about, from baby basics (like feeding, swaddling and diapering) to health concerns (such as SIDS, bowel movements and jaundice) to mommy issues (like baby blues, bleeding and exhaustion). But as you read through our advice and guidelines, remember that there’s no better resource than your own intuition.