Every baby is a new and a different person. During the first few weeks every mother learns to know her baby’s behaves. She also needs to adapt herself to his/her needs and requirements.
While a new mom will be continuously fed in with loads of advises and do and don’ts, it is important for the new mom to understand the needs of the child and shun away with unwanted suggestions.
During the first month, the baby may sleep almost the whole day. The periodic episodes of feeding and changing will be the only time he’ll miss his shut eye.
But as the baby grows and adapts himself to the conditions and environment he’ll be awake for several hours at a stretch.
Babies learn faster in the first month, than at any other time in their lives. At first, the baby’s eyes focus best on objects one foot away. This is, of course, the distance between his face and yours when you feed him or cuddle him in your arms.
While it is medically ‘OK’ for the babies to cry, it is hard for the new mom and other adults to hear him cry.
Also, the baby’s brain cannot receive information when his eyes are closed during his crying session. The only sound he can hear is that of his own crying. So as far the crying session goes, the learning process takes a back seat. If your baby continues to cry even if you have used all tactics to soothe him or her, it is better to see the paediatrician.
The baby, through his small experiences and interactions with his mother and father, develops a mental image of the concept of ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’. The feelings developed in this first month form the foundation of the long lasting relationship.