Overview: Week 2
You’re now in the second week of parenthood – how are you holding up? Not so good? Don’t worry, things will eventually get easier for both you and your newborn. We promise. Some of you might still be on a new baby high, feeling elated and giddy (perhaps it’s the sleep deprivation?), while others are suddenly starting to crash. You might be excited to feel the Baby Blues lifting, or maybe you’re stressing that you still don’t feel a connection with the baby. All in due time.
Yes, the beginning can be rocky, breastfeeding can be difficult, and all of it is completely disorienting at times (but isn’t it great to hold their little hands?). Take heart; parenting takes practice, you’re learning on the fly, and your body has quite a bit of recovery left to go. But you are on the path to recovery and success.
We’re sure you still have questions – and lots of ‘em – so Babble continues this survival guide to break down all the stuff you need to know to get yourself comfortable: from baby basics like feeding and diapering, to your baby’s health, to your health (don’t forget about mom’s needs!). We’re here to help you understand exactly what’s going on – and, more importantly, what exactly is normal (though in parenting, there are many versions of normal). We’ll help you navigate these early weeks and answer your questions the best we can. And feel free to add to our Reader Tips as you find your own coping strategies.
But as always, don’t forget the most important resource of all – your instincts. No one knows your baby – and your body – like you do. So read as much as you can but also stop and listen to the things your body and your hunches are telling you. You’re the mom, after all.
And note: this is your guide to Caring for Your Newborn: Week 2, but guides to weeks 3-12 will be coming soon. Stay tuned!