5 Unexpected Things About Newborns
Newborns can seem pretty predictable when they first arrive on the scene. They like to eat, sleep (if you’re lucky), and ensure you’re constantly changing a diaper. But as you get to you know your tiny tot, there are a few things you’ll be surprised by:
1. Newborns are noisy. And we’re not talking about the crying. From grunts to snores, squeals to sighs… babies are very active, loud sleepers. Whoever coined the phrase “sleep like a baby” clearly has not hung out with a sleeping baby. To help ease congestion, use a humidifier to moisten dry indoor air. Pro tip: The Crane Adorable Cool Mist Humidifier is quiet, easy to clean, and doubles as nursery decor. While lots of sneezing and noises are normal, if you have any concerns about your baby’s breathing, talk to your pediatrician.
2. Newborns get acne. Don’t panic. This has nothing to do with your junior high years. Rest assured, baby acne is common, temporary, and clears up on it’s own without a trace. It usually pops up on the cheeks, nose and forehead. Pro tip: Experts recommend gently washing your baby’s face 1-3 times a day with warm water and patting it dry.
3. Newborns have projectile poop. Stay on high alert when you’re in between diaper changes because anything is possible and no corner of the nursery is safe. Due to the consistency, there’s major potential to propel. Pro tip: Be prepared to do a lot of laundry in those first few months and always pack extra outfits (and a separate bag to store the dirty ones in!) when you’re on-the-go.
4. Newborns flail their arms and legs. No, they’re not doing baby Tae Bo. Babies are born with a startle reflex that causes arm and leg flinging, often waking them from a nice, sound sleep. A snug swaddle can help baby feel secure and minimize the startle factor. Pro tip: Get a velcro swaddle that you can master in the dark, at 3am.
5. Newborns are not fans of bath time (well, at least at first). There will be a lot of baby blogs that tell you a bath and infant massage will do wonders for winding your newborn down for a night of blissful sleep. Don’t fall for the hype (unless of course, you have the kind of baby that appreciates pampering and a high thread count robe). In reality, most newborns have no interest in leaving your arms for a bath. Luckily, the right stuff (like these awesome tubs and cute hooded towels with animal ears) makes the experience safer and more fun. Pro tip: Clear out your camera roll for lots of photo shoots.
This post was sponsored by our friends at Crane, the makers of the Adorable humidifier.