Welcome to the wonderful world of sleep deprivation. It's rough, we feel you, but think of it from baby's point of view. Crying is her only way to communicate, whether she's trying to tell you "I'm tired," "I'm hungry," "I'm wet," or "Hold me." If a nap, new diaper, or food doesn't calm her down, try playing soft music or cradling her in a rocking chair. If someone offers to watch baby for an hour or two, take them up on it. A short nap and a shower will make you feel like a new woman — trust us.
Crying and sleeping and pooping, oh my!
The rough news: Baby gets hungry every two to three hours and dirties her diaper up to 12 times a day. The (slightly) better news: Though meconium (a substance that built up in her intestines while in utero) might make her stool dark green at first, it'll soon become a relatively more palatable yellowish color. Right now, baby spends a good chunk of her time sleeping, though unfortunately it's probably not on your schedule. Expect her to snooze up to 16 hours a day, in three-to four-hour intervals. Hey, growing this quickly is exhausting!
[tip] Breastfeeding mommies: Place a soft icepack on your breasts after baby nurses to prevent and minimize pain and soreness.
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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City
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