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Your Newborn Baby and the First Week

Tip of the Week: Watch Out for the "Day-3 Phase"

Many times, newborn babies go through a "day-3 phase" in which they become extremely difficult, possibly inconsolable, for hours. Some may even forget how to eat.
 
There is no medical reason or explanation for this, and it is most difficult on those families discharged from the hospital after two days. Parents who are unaware of this phase might attribute the change in behavior to the change in environment or a possible illness.
 
In order to get through this time, parents need to support each other, have patience, and make sure that their baby is getting all of the love and attention that he or she needs.
 

The First Doctor's Visit

The first doctor's visit for a newborn baby is an important one. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your baby should be seen by his or her medical provider anytime between day 3 and day 5 of life. Of course, the timing of this visit will depend on when your baby was released from the hospital, as well as other factors. Typically, there can be up to ten checkups for healthy babies in their first year.
 
This will likely be your first trip out of the house. Remember to bring the diaper bag with everything you would normally need to change a diaper, including clean diapers, diaper rash preventative cream, wipes, a zip-lock bag for the old diaper, and an extra outfit "just in case."
 
The first thing they will do at your appointment is ask you to remove all of your baby's clothing in order to get an accurate weight reading. More than likely, the baby's diaper is already dirty at that point, so be ready with a fresh diaper.
 

Changes in Your Body When Your Baby Is One Week Old

You will be leaving the hospital significantly lighter than when you arrived. With that said, you probably won't be as light as you were hoping. Your belly will continue to decrease in size as time goes on.
 
If you decide to breastfeed your baby, you will shrink down even quicker. You will also find out soon enough that simply taking care of an infant is like a 24-hour workout.
 
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