How to get through the first week of a newborns life at home? By Ramona Dejesus-Curtis

1.Get enough sleep.
Go to bed early. A good tip is when the baby sleeps you should be sleeping too. You will have plenty of opportunity to sleep. A newborn can sleep up to 20 hours a day, in 1 to 4 hours increments. This is your chance to get a good power nap. Remember you will be feeding the baby every two hours so you need to get some rest in so you can be your best for the newborn.

2.Take a break

This is an opportunity for you to recharge your batteries, relieve stress and possibly reduce any post partum depression that can occur, get some me time because you deserve it. Everyone knows that being a mother is challenging, especially if you are a new mom with new baby. Take a walk, exercise, read a book, get a manicure or pedicure do whatever you find relaxing and fuffilling. If you have no one to watch the baby, hire someone. Consider it money well spent.

3.Get the father involved

This is a great opportunity to get dad involved. He can bond with the child, take the child for a walk, help with the household, cook for the family do laundry and the list goes on. Mommy will greatly appreciate it.

4. Take care of yourself

This is a very important time for yourself and new baby. You need to be at your best so you can offer your best for the baby. Eat healthy, stay away from too many sugars and eat food that will fuel you. Take vitamins so you will not be deficient in any vitamins and minerals and take time to exercise. Exercise has been shown also to help you with your mood and make you feel better. Make exercise a priority. Take a power walk, join an gym, these days you do not even need a gym. Check out you tube for great workouts without even leaving your home.

5. Get a good baby carrier.

A baby carrier lets you be flexible with your child as you can run errands go to the market take a walk at the same time providing closeness with your child.

6. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

If you need help, ask for it. If family is asking to help let them assist you. You should not do this alone. Caring for a newborn is stressful in itself. Get help from family members, friends or there are resources out there to assist you with any issues you have, ex breastfeeding, clothing

7.Hang in there.

Soon you will be caring for your baby like a pro and a couple of years you can provide advise and assistance to someone else who has a newborn.

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10 must haves for your new baby by Ramona Dejesus-Curtis

1. Diapers Diapers Diapers

This is an absolute necessity for your newborn. That is why there are 3.6 trillion diapers sold each year. It will be a necessity till your baby is potty trained. Babies use 8-10 diapers a day. There are generally two kinds of diapers for newborns. Disposables and cloth diapers.

Disposables are pads with special fabric that absorbs liquid to keep your baby dry. There are many brands like Pampers https://www.pampers.com and Huggies https:www.huggies.com that are popular with moms. But these disposables can get expensive. You can spend almost $2,000 dollars on diapers in one year.

The other option is a growing trend among new mothers but not new. Cloth diapers for newborns can be less expensive, especially if you wash them yourself. These cloth diapers are usually made of cotton, hemp, and bamboo.

if you are interested in an actual breakdown of a child and how many diapers they use to how to save money by buying cheap diapers there is a great blog post by the surburban mom at http://www.thesuburbanmom.com.

2. Onesies

Baby Onesies for newborns have been around since the 1950’s. When it was created by Walter Artzt it took the baby apparel market by storm. Onesies, also called by many stores and boutiques bodysuits because Gerber http://www.gerber.com has a trademark on the word onesie, are considered one of the best gifts at baby showers. It is to be worn like a t-shirt, but it has snaps or Velcro at the bottom. This makes it easy for the caregiver to change the diaper easily.
At this stage, the best blanket for newborns is a couple of receiving blankets for swaddling.

Other uses for blankets suitable for newborns is a blanket you put over them while the newborn is in a baby carrier.
Also, you can put a blanket over the stroller to protect them from the elements.

NEVER PLACE BLANKETS IN A CRIB. This increases the chances of SIDS.

This recommendation is for the first 12 months of the infant’s life according to sleep medicine physician and pediatric repirologist at a children hospital, Joanne MacLean.

4. Hats, Beanie hats, Cute hats
A baby comes from a warm environment to a chilly delivery room. Newborns have a hard time regulating their temperature, so they tend to lose heat on their heads. One of the first newborn clothes after delivery is a hat. A hat with skin to skin contact with their mother improves the mother infant interaction.

Once the baby adjusts to the temperature outside, they do not require to wear a hat unless it is winter, cold, protect them from the sun and just to look cute. There is nothing wrong with that.

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5. Strollers

Also known as carriages, pram, bassinets for a newborn on wheels, travel system which are strollers that come with car seats, Jogging strollers, which are baby strollers for running and umbrella strollers. With all these choices, it is hard for a new mother to decide what is the appropriate stroller for their newborn.

Lightweight strollers can start at $25 dollars for all-purpose and high-end strollers that can go up to over $1,000 dollars.

What do new mothers need to consider when they purchase a new stroller for their newborn?

1. Is it comfortable for the baby? Does the baby look happy?

2. Is it safe? Does the stroller put the baby in danger in any way?

3. Is it easy to maneuver? Are you able to easily close the stroller, walk with a stroller?

4. Storage? Can I store it in closet, Car?

5. Travel-friendly? Can I use the stroller on a bus, plane, occupy too much space?

6. Cool features? 21-century strollers come with USB ports, headlights?

A practical baby stroller for a newborn is a stroller that they will use as babies and continue to use while they are toddlers. Also, make sure that the stroller reclines because newborns cannot sit up or hold their head up.

6. Bottles

Baby bottles gift set is another popular choice for baby showers. The number of bottles a mother might need depends on whether she will breastfeed or bottle feed as well.

Bottle feedings

0-3 weeks 1-3 oz 10 x a day

1-3 months 3-4 oz 6 x a day

3-6 months 6-8 oz 5 x a day

6-9 months 6-8 oz 5 x a day

9-12 months 10 oz 4 x a day

Just remember every baby is different. Some might need more ounces. Others babies need less. Please consult with the baby’s pediatrician for any feeding concerns you may have.

There are different types of bottles to choose from. There are plastic and glass bottles. The good news is that today’s plastic baby bottles are BPA free. Glass bottles are becoming more popular choice among the new mom.

They also have a disposable-liner bottle where a plastic pouch fits in a holder. As the baby drinks, the liner collapses leaving less room for air bubbles.

Another bottle in the angle-neck bottle where the bottle is bent to allow milk to collect inside the nipple to create less air for the baby.

Wide neck bottle is shorter than standard bottles. They have a wide opening to fit wider nipples. This is a good choice if you breastfeed and you want to start bottle feeding or doing both at the same time.

7. Crib

When you pick a safe crib for your newborn, you should make sure the crib is approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association https://www.jpmc.org/ and U.S Consumer Products Safety Commission https://www.cpsc.gov/ to make sure there are no recalls on the crib you want to purchase. You want to make sure that this is the safest crib for your newborn. These agencies now have toughter standards for cribs. Due to 100 infants and toddlers dying each year because of an unsafe crib or cluttered crib.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), https://www.aap.org, a baby should sleep on a firm mattress with fitted sheets. There should be no toys, pillows, crib bumpers, loose sheets on the crib. The best crib is the bare crib.

ALWAYS PLACE BABY ON THEIR BACK TO PREVENT SIDS

8.Diaper Bag

What does a new mommy have in her diaper bag? A diaper bag is a bag that stores everything needed to take care of a baby.

A diaper bag might have diapers, wipes, changing pad, bottle, and formula, hand sanitizer, extra clothes and pacifier. This is a short list of what could be included in a diaper bag.

You should also carry your necessities like house and car keys, wallet, phone, water bottle and even an extra shirt for yourself.

9. Baby Carrier

A baby carrier provides convenience for moms of newborns and infant. It not only helps the mother by providing mobility for the parent but for the child also.

A baby that is carried makes breastfeeding easier for the mother by providing privacy and discreetness. The close contact the baby has with the new mom helps the mother release oxytocin which helps in milk production.

Also, there are studies which show that babies seem to cry less when they are carried by there moms. This is nothing new. There are cultures that carry their baby all day long for the first six months and only out them down to sleep.

Other studies show that carrying a baby in a carrier close to mom promotes cognitive and speech development. It is easy to see since these babies are exposed to facial expressions, body language, conversations and the world.

A baby carrier does not only benefit mom and baby. But is a great bonding experience for fathers and other family members. it allows the father and other family members to participate in the sharing and getting to know the little one.

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10.A healthy mom

Number 10 is for moms. This is a beautiful time for new moms but at the same time difficult and stressful. A baby’s first year can be tough on a new mom. To raise and care for a healthy newborn, the mother needs to be strong and healthy. She is constantly caring for her newborn but she also needs to take care of herself. These are some suggestions for new mom.

  1. Sleep. When the baby sleeps mom needs to get a nap
  2. Exercise. I know there may be no time but exercise will serve a new mom well.
  3. Support. A mother can get support from family members, counselors, friends, even online support
  4. Time to herself. She can use meditation, journaling, hobbies or whatever releases stress.

I hope this helps all new moms in this beautiful journey they are about to experience. Some days will be moments you want to remember forever and other days will be overwhelming. As a mother, take it day by day. Try to enjoy your child because it wont be long before the child will be grown and leave the nest

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Ramona Dejesus-Curtis is the creator and founder of K.I.D Clothes. She is also a blogger, vlogger, entrepreneur,special needs advocate, wife and mom from New York City.

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100 Facts About Newborns You Did Not Know by Ramona Dejesus-Curtis

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1. The majority of babies are born on a Tuesday.

2. Most babies see in black and white

3. Newborns sleep 16 hours a day but do not sleep long

4. They can breathe and swallow at the same time. This lasts for about seven months.

5. Baby’s first poop does not smell. It is called meconium-which is mucus from the womb. It does not have bacteria which makes poop smelly. Once they start ingesting milk, bacteria enter into the intestine and then you get the odor.

6. Breastfeeding can save a family almost $1500 a year.

7. Newborns lose 5-10% of their body weight due to fluid loss. But in 10-14 days they regain the weight back.

8. A baby’s heart rate can reach 175 beats a minute.

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9. A newborn’s hair can fall out and grow back in a different texture.

10. Babies laugh 300 times a day.

11. In medieval times leeches were placed in the windpipe of a baby to treat croup.

12. Smiles come in about 4 to 6 weeks.

13. A baby is born with no bacteria in their body.

14. A newborn has a cup of blood in their body.

15. Newborns intestines are 11 feet long, It doubles once they reach adulthood.

16. A baby can suffer from baby acne and rashes due to maternal hormones passed on to them. This only lasts a few months.

17. They are nearsighted. They can only focus 8-10 inches in front of them.

18. Four babies are born around the world each second.

19. Everyone knows babies can cry but they do not produce tears until three to six weeks later.

20. Babies respirations are higher than adults. Adults take 16-20 breaths a minute. Babies can take up to 40 breaths a minute.

21. Babies can crawl before they sit or walk. Scientists in Norway placed a baby just delivered on mother’s stomach. The newborn was able to use their legs and arms to get to the breast to nurse.

23. Babies smile instinctively, not an action that is learned or copied. Even blind babies can smile

24. The newborn’s brain contains 100 billion neurons.

35. Newborns cannot taste salt till there are about 5 months old.

36. Babies are more likely to turn their heads to the right than to the left.

37. A newborn recognizes the voice of their mother.

38. More babies are born in Utah than any other state in the U.S. Vermont has the lowest birthrate.

39. A baby’s head is one-quarter of the total body length. An adults head is one-eighth of the total adult length.

40. Female babies spend more time in the womb than male babies

41. Nigeria is the place where more twins are born in the world.

42. Babies have natural swimming abilities that they are born with. Unfortunately, it disappears after a few months.

43. Baby’s double their weight in their first five months.

44. One in 5,000 babies is born without an anal opening.

45. 5% of babies born can lactate.

46. Being that breastmilk is a laxative, breastfed babies have more bowel movements than bottle fed babies.

47. A baby’s eye is 75% of the size of an adult eye.

48. A baby is rarely born on its predicted due date.

49. A baby should be seated in the rear child seat until it turns 2.

50. Newborns have dry and thinner skin than adults. Skin care is very important.

51. Many newborns are born with cradle cap. Cradle cap is crusty or oily skin patches on babies scalp. It clears up on its own after a few months.

52. Every hour a baby dies of SIDS.

53. The U.S has the worst infant mortality rate of all developed countries.

54. Babies can cry with an accent. They pick up the mom’s native language.

55. Babies need to burp. They get bubbles in their stomach that needs to come out.

57. Newborns do not need a bath every day.

58. Babies fingernails grew faster than adults. To help them from scratching themselves, have them wear mittens or socks.

59.. Babies enjoy high pitched voices.

60. Newborns can identify you by smell. It is there strongest sense.

61. Babies make a lot of noise. They grunt, groan, snort etc…All this because of narrow nasal passages during newborn state.

62. You do not have to be quiet while the baby is asleep. Leave the t.v, radio, washing machine on so they can learn to sleep through noise.

63. Half of newborns are born with jaundice. Do not worry. Eating, sunshine and a tanning lamp will make it go away.

64. Pacifiers have been known to soothe a crying baby, help put them to sleep and even reduce SIDS.

65. You should wait six months before you give your baby solid foods.

66. Skin to skin contact is important for mother and newborn. It keeps newborn warm and creates an opportunity to bond with the mother.

67. The soft spot on a baby’s head when they are born are called fontanelles, it helps the baby maneuver out of the birth canal.

68. Doctors advise not to give water to a baby before six months.

69. Never shake a baby. It can cause bleeding in the brain. Babies have died because of shaken baby syndrome.

70. A new study shows that cuddling a baby can have huge benefits. There is no such thing as spoiling a child. So cuddle away.

71. Please be careful with bathtime. Never leave a baby alone with water. Children have been known to drown in less than 2 inches of water.

72. Newborns immune systems are still developing. Please wash your hands before carrying or touching a newborn.

73. To improve chances of successful breastfeeding, try to breastfeed within the 1st hour of birth.

74. There are newborns that sleep with their eyes open.

75. Newborns can spit from their nose. Though not dangerous, to prevent this you need to burp your baby after each feeding session.

76. Some newborn’s experience skin peeling. Not dangerous this is something that will pass.

77. Babies do not need a baby walker to help them walk.

78. Newborn pupils tend to dilate right after birth. This helps the mom fall in love with her new baby.

79. A newborn share their birthday with almost 9 million people in the world.

80. Never feed a baby honey. It can cause botulism poisoning, which can be fatal.

81. A baby can get their first teeth at three months old.

82. From birth to toilet training a baby can go through 8,000 diaper changes.

83. 90% of fetuses that are diagnosed with down syndrome are aborted.

85. Babies are born with a white waxy substance called vernix caseosa . They say it has immune properties and it may be the reason for a newborns intoxicating scent.

86. Newborns have something called brown fat which makes up about 5% of body mass it protects them from cold and helps burn calories

87. Four million babies are born in the U.S each year.

88. Newborns are screened shortly after 24 hours of being born which consists of heel stick, hearing test and being placed on a pulse oximeter.

89. Majority of newborns around the world are born outside the hospital.

90. 1 out of 8 baby’s is born prematurely.

91.1 out of 2,000 babies are born with teeth.

92. Babies can learn sign language way before they start to speak.

93. The inner ear is the only sense organ that is fully developed at birth.

94.Newborn stomach is the size of a hazelnut.

95. More babies are born in August. February is the month where there are least babies born.

96. 80% of North American babies use a pacifier during the first year of their lives.

97. Female babies learn to speak earlier than boys.

98. 50% of all babies learn how to walk by their first birthday.

99. Breastfeeding a baby reduces the chances of a baby developing allergies, asthma even SIDS.

100. Not a fact, but, enjoy your little one. They do not stay small long.

Ramona Dejesus-Curtis is the creator and founder of K.I.D Clothes. She is also a blogger, vlogger, entrepreneur,special needs advocate, wife and mom from New York City.

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