What to Do on Your Newborn First Day


A lot of parents wonder what to do on their newborn’s first day. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available for parents. In this article, we will look at some of the things to watch out for, from Skin-to-skin time to Apgar scores. Keeping a calm attitude can make all the difference for the newborn’s first day. We will also discuss ways to deal with common skin irritations and signs of dehydration.

Skin-to-skin time

Research has demonstrated that the early period following birth is highly sensitive for both infant and mother. It is important to establish evidence-based routines among staff to promote skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn. This contact can improve the bonding process between mother and child, as well as aid breastfeeding. During this period, skin-to-skin contact may even promote the infant’s latching on to breast milk. But, the benefits of skin-to-skin contact are not limited to the first few hours after birth.

Signs of dehydration

If your baby is not latching on to breast milk, there are some ways to treat dehydration. First, try giving your baby extra fluids. Newborns get all their fluid needs from breast milk and formula feed. However, they have very limited activity levels until the age of six months. To compensate for this, try giving diluted juice or milk. Avoid giving your baby hot drinks or artificial sweeteners until they are a year old.

Skin irritations

Most of the skin irritations that a newborn may develop are harmless. However, some of the rashes and other skin conditions are signs of something more serious, such as an infection. Newborns’ skin is also very delicate, and it can dry out and crack easily. Hot water and soap tend to dry out the skin, which is why a rash can develop. However, there are no treatments for this type of irritation.

Apgar score

An Apgar score is a quick way to determine the condition of a newborn. However, the test only tells us about a newborn’s condition for a few minutes, so it doesn’t necessarily reflect how healthy he or she will be in the long run. All babies are tested at least twice on the first day of life. The first test is performed just one minute after birth, which is important for determining whether a baby was born naturally.

Care of a newborn

Your first day at home with a newborn is both exciting and challenging. Besides the emotional roller coaster, you’ll have to deal with the physical demands of caring for your newborn. He or she will sleep 16 to 18 hours a day and feed every two to three hours. The new parent will also have to cope with the sleep deprivation and learn soothing techniques for crying babies. Taking care of a newborn is a full-time job! Thankfully, there are ways to get some help from your friends, family, or even a professional babysitter.