Welcome to this world. Your baby mostly lies curled up in the fetal position. It’s like lifting up a little bean. Knees bent against their stomach, arms tucked up against their chest. Tiny babies are happiest when they’re snuggled up in a warm, cosy space – just like in the womb. Getting undressed is an ordeal. Nappy changes are absolutely awful. That new little person wants to be close, ideally resting in your arms. They love to hear your heartbeat. Their vision is weak. Lying in your arms, they can see as far as your face, but no further. What’s more, your baby sees everything in black and white. But your child’s sense of smell is already really good. After five days your baby can already recognise their parents by smell.
Congratulations and welcome home! Home again – with a newborn baby. Like so many parents before you, you might be wondering how they let you out of hospital with this tiny person. It’s a huge change becoming a parent – no doubt about that. But don’t worry. You’ll soon feel like this baby has always been part of your family How does your body feel, mum? It can feel a little battered and bruised in places. Do those pelvic floor exercises as often as you can; they’ll help you heal more quickly. If you’re breastfeeding, you’re pretty much tied to your baby, who finds your smell the most delicious thing in the world (=food) and wants to feed almost non-stop. It is therefore your job, dad or partner, to take care of everything else: change nappies, bath baby, carry baby, clear up here and there, fetch glasses of water (you get very thirsty breastfeeding), say no to everyone who wants to come and visit, and remind the few allowed in to bring morning tea - or better still –dinner.