There is something deliciously simple about the first 2-3 weeks of a newborn’s life. Assuming there are no underlying issues and your baby was born relatively healthy, your baby will basically only do 3 things: eat, sleep, and poop. Sure, there will be lots of feedings and diaper changes during this time, but when your little one sleeps, he or she will basically sleep through almost anything. This is because they still have that ‘noise cushioning’ ability developed from having been in a busy, noisy womb environment for the last 9 months. You can pretty much throw a party beside the crib and the sleeping little one likely wouldn’t notice a thing. This noise cushioning ability seems to gradually decrease after the first month or two of life. Even though the baby might wake up more often for feeds, each time he or she will be able to sleep at least a solid 1 ½ -3 hour stretch. Grab these opportunities to get some rest and much needed sleep yourself, because during this early period you will not have to worry as much about your baby waking suddenly from gas discomfort or noises, or how long the baby will actually sleep during naptime. As your baby gets older, who knows what will happen? After the first month of life, my little one developed terrible gas pains and was a nightmare to burp, causing her sleep to be affected. For the next few months, I just remember spending most of my time trying to burp her during feeds, after feeds and when she woke up in the middle of a nap or at night from discomfort.
So during this newborn period, your priorities should be (apart from marveling at this new little life) mainly to establish breastfeeding (if you desire), and to rest so that you can heal as quickly as possible. Enjoy the fact that as yet you don’t have to worry or think about making and preparing baby meals, plan play activities or potty train. Accept AS much help as you can during this time, especially with things that you don’t really need to be involved in, like diaper changes or baths. Savor these early days, and when baby sleeps, try to rest and sleep too!