How to prepare for your baby's first few days:

How to prepare for your baby's first few days:

Now that you have wrapped your baby in your arms, all your worries and fears about childbirth are gone. This is a new chapter. You will need to feed the baby, wrap them in a blanket to keep them safe, change their diapers and take care of all the tasks that seem endless.

It's not always Instagram-perfect. You might be surprised or worried by some aspects of your baby. Knowing what to expect can help you ease your anxiety. Be aware that babies are not all the same so be flexible.

These are some things you can expect in your first few days of being with your baby.

1. Babies sleep a lot.

These tiny, adorable humans spend most of their time in dreamland. They sleep 16 hours a night for the first few days or weeks. You shouldn't be surprised if they don't have a set sleep schedule. They are still adapting to life outside of the womb. You can expect a few (ok, maybe a lot) sleepless nights. You won't sleep well if you don't get enough rest.

Mama Tip: Because they will be sleeping in the crib the majority of the day, consider safety and comfort when selecting a crib for your baby.

2. They eat every 2 to 4 hours.

Babies feed even when they're not sleeping. Because of their small stomachs, babies need to be awakened frequently to eat. If they have been sleeping for a while, expect them to feel hungry about every 2 to 4 hour. According to the World Health Organization, nursing mothers should "breastfeed as frequently as your baby needs, day and night at least 8 times per 24 hours." Your baby may be fussy, suckling, or moving their lips.

Mama Tip: Breastfeeding can seem difficult. However, you can make it easier by having the right essentials such as a nursing top or a pillow to support you.

3. A newborn must be burped.

No matter if a baby is bottle-fed or breastfed, they must be burped to get rid of gas bubbles in their stomachs. This can cause pain and discomfort. How often should you burp your baby? You can burp every other feeding, or as often as you like. You can place your baby's head on your shoulder, or you can make them sit on your lap. You can also ask your caregiver or partner to do this, so that you have some time to relax after a feeding session.

4. Baby will gain weight.

Do not panic if your baby loses weight in the first week. Normal for newborns is a loss of up to 10% of their birthweight. This will be regained in about two weeks. You can consult your pediatrician if you have concerns about your baby's growth.

5. It is vital to keep the stump of your umbilical cord dry. 

Don't pull the stump off. The stump will eventually fall off after about one to three weeks. To prevent infection, don't cover it with a diaper. Dry it well after taking a bath.

6. The skin of a newborn is susceptible to rashes.

Baby's immune system is still developing so they are very sensitive to infections and irritations. Baby acne, diaper rash, and cradle caps are some of the most common skin conditions. Most of these problems resolve on their own. However, some may require treatment.

7. There will be much crying.

Because it is their only means of communication with you, newborns often cry. They cry when they are hungry, wet, or uncomfortable. It is important to know why your child is crying and how to respond. Mama, it's perfectly okay to hold your baby when they cry. It helps them feel safer and more secure.

8. You will learn how to communicate with them using various cues.

You'll learn to communicate with your baby through touch, sound and sight. Your comforting cuddles are key to helping your baby feel at home and establish that connection.

A mother is the best teacher. Mama, we're here to help! NewBabyWishes offers you the chance to discover tips, stories and all things motherhood. You can also explore learning opportunities and shop for the essentials for your baby.

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Sizing Chart

Since every baby grows at his/her own pace, measure the baby's height for the best fit. It is much more accurate than going off of the baby's age. Call us with any questions and we will be happy to help you determine the best fit for your baby.

Newborn Onesie's

Size Weight Height
Newborn (NB) 5-8 Ibs. / 2.3-3.6 kg 17-21 in. / 43.2-53.3 cm
0-3M 6-12 Ibs. / 3.6-5.4 kg 21-24 in. / 53.3-61 cm
0-6M Up to 16 Ibs. / Up to 7.3 kg 17-21 in. / 43.2-53.3 cm
3-6M 12-16 Ibs. / 5.4-7.3 kg 24-26 in. / 61-66 cm
3-9M 12-20 Ibs. / 5.4-9.1 kg 24-28 in. / 61-71.1 cm
6-9M 16-20 Ibs. / 7.3-9.1 kg 26-28 in. / 66-71.1 cm
12M 20-24 Ibs. / 9.1-10.9 kg 28-30 in. / 71.1-76.2 cm
18M 24-28 Ibs. / 10.9-12.7 kg 30-32 in. / 76.2-81.3 cm
24M / 2T 28-32 Ibs. / 12.7-14.5 kg 32-34 in. / 81.3-86.4 cm
3T 32-35 Ibs. / 14.5-15.9 kg 34-38 in. / 86.4-96.5 cm
4T 35-39 lbs. / 15.9-17.7 kg 38-40 in. / 96.5-101.6 cm
5T 39-43 lbs. / 17.7-19.5 kg 40-44 in. / 101.6-111.8 cm

Cotton Pajamas

Garments are designed to fit snug for child's safety.

Size Weight Height
6M 12-16 Ibs. / 5.4-7.3 kg 24-27 in. / 61-68.6 cm
12M 16-20 Ibs. / 7.3-9.1 kg 27-30 in. / 68.6-76.2 cm
18M 20-24 Ibs. / 9.1-10.9 kg 30-33 in. / 76.2-83.8 cm
24M / 2T 24-28 Ibs. / 10.9-12.7 kg 33-35 in. / 83.8-88.9 cm
3T 28-32 Ibs. / 12.7-14.5 kg 35-39 in. / 88.9-99.1 cm
4T 32-36 Ibs. / 14.5-16.3 kg 39-42 in. / 99.1-106.7 cm
5T 36-42 Ibs. / 16.3-19.1 kg 42-44 in. / 106.7-111.8 cm


New Balance Boys

17-19 inches
39-41 inches
19-20 inches
41-45 inches
20-22 inches
45-46 inches
22-23 inches
47-50 inches
23-24 inches
50-54 inches
24-25 inches
54-58 inches
25-27 inches
58-62 inches
27-28 inches
62-67 inches


New Balance Girls

Size Waist Height
4 17-19 inches 39-41 inches
5 19-20 inches 41-45 inches
6 20-21 inches 45-46 inches
6x 21-22 inches 46-48 inches
7/8 22-23 inches 48-52 inches
10/12 23-25 inches 52-58 inches
14 25-27 inches 58-61 inches
16 27-29 inches 61-63 inches