10 Newborn Surprises you REALLY need to know

by | August 20, 2018

If you’re a new parent, chances are you’ve been blindsided by one of the many surprises of infanthood.  I spent hours preparing for the birth but paid little mind to the first few days that followed. Here are the things I wish I knew about having a newborn.

Newborn Surprises

  • Getting nights and days mixed up is normal for your little one. They’re going to need a few days (or weeks) to adjust.
  • Your baby is going to feed around the clock.  Oh, it’s 3 am? Didn’t they just eat an hour ago? They don’t care, they’re hungry — NOW!
  • It’s your job to get them to nap. Wait, babies don’t fall asleep on their own? They need a nap every 2 hours? They need to be put on a schedule!?
  • Blowouts are inevitable. Make sure to buy a big bottle of favorite vegan stain remover for those stubborn poop stains up the back of all their adorable onesies!
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  • Speaking of onesies, they’re going to grow out of those infant clothes before you know it! Make sure to have additional sizes ready so you’re not left scrambling when they grow overnight!
  • Reflux and spitting up are normal.  Their esophageal sphincter needs time to develop and strengthen. If they seem to be in pain, take them to the chiropractor for an adjustment to help alleviate pressure.  

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  • Inconsolable newborn crying is going to happen. Take a deep breathe, ask for help if you need, and remember, you’re doing a great job.  
  • Sleep regressions are a doozy. During the four-month sleep regression, the way your baby sleeps changes, so mentally prepare yourself for things to be drastically different at bedtime.   
  • Sleep training is not for everyone.  If crying-it-out doesn’t work for your family, you don’t have to do it! Trust your instincts and trust your newborn.
  • Co-sleeping is totally okay (as long as you’re doing it safely).  Hey, if you and your little one can finally get some rest, do whatever works!

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Siri Steven is a midwest mama, passionate about delicious vegan food, animal rights and caring for the Earth. She loves to write, take photos, make music with her husband and spend time exploring national parks with her family. She’s the creator of The Vegan Steven which features recipes, interviews and more!

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