Physical development. Your newborn
gains about 0.7 oz (19.8 g) a
day, or about 4 oz (113.4 g) to
8 oz (226.8 g) a week in the
first month. He or she grows about
1 in. (2.5 cm) to
1.5 in. (3.8 cm) in length by
age 1 month.
You may wonder whether your baby's daily patterns are
typical. During your baby's first few weeks, most of your time will be spent
simply making sure your baby is fed every few hours, comforted, and held, and
has his or her diaper changed. Pay attention to cues. You will begin to
discover your baby's individual needs and preferences.
following information can give you an idea about what to expect about your
Reflexes. Babies are born with a number of automatic
physical responses that help them handle their world.
Sleeping and eating patterns. A newborn's main routines center around these two
activities, although by about 3 weeks of age, he or she begins to socialize
Diaper habits. You can expect to change your newborn's
diaper frequently. The specific number of times a day varies and in part
depends on whether you feed your baby breast milk or formula.
Crying. Newborns cry when they are hungry, tired,
overstimulated, or otherwise uncomfortable. They may also cry for no apparent
reason and be difficult to console.