The First 100 Days: A Comprehensive Timeline for New Moms and Their Babies
It’s overwhelming to become a new mom. You are not to look after yourself only, but also a baby. The first 100 days of your baby are an especially critical time. You’ll witness your baby’s rapid growth and development.
As you moms go through this new journey, it will be helpful to know a comprehensive timeline to help you through the early days. Nonetheless, this article will provide a detailed timeline for the first 100 days for new moms and their babies.
Day 1-7: The Hospital Stay
The first week after giving birth will likely be spent in the hospital. The mom and her baby will recover from the delivery. Moms will be learning how to care for their newborns during this time. The healthcare team will be closely monitoring the baby's health and development.
The baby will undergo various tests and screenings, which include the newborn hearing test. The baby will also have a blood test to check for certain genetic disorders. Also, moms will start breastfeeding, or learning how to formula feed.
Moms will also get to know their baby's cues and needs.
Healthcare professionals will help mothers in caring for their newborn, from bathing to aiding their infant in sleeping. Also, healthcare providers will keep monitoring the baby’s bilirubin levels, as newborns are prone to jaundice during their initial days.
You may be allowed to go home. If you opt to stay for a few couple of days, the healthcare team will continue to monitor the health of your baby.
The mom and her baby will go through a final round of tests and evaluations which includes a weight check and hearing screening. The healthcare team will also give you information about caring for your baby at home. This includes sleep, feeding, and development.
Days 8-14: Settling into a Routine
Once at home, the mom and the baby will start to settle into a daily routine. Nonetheless, this could be difficult, as moms adjust to the needs of caring for a baby while also taking care of themselves.
A new mom may experience postpartum bleeding lasting for up to 6 weeks. Ensure to take as much rest as possible. You may ask for help from professionals, family or friends.
The mom and her baby will start to establish the routine of feeding and sleeping. A baby will likely wake up every 2-3 hours to consume milk. In between feedings, a baby may sleep for short periods.
Nonetheless, ensure to rest to catch up on sleep yourself while the baby is sleeping.
Days 15-30: Developmental Milestones
As babies approach their 1-month birthday, they will start to reach essential developmental milestones. It’s important to give your baby plenty of chances for stimulation and interaction.
Days 15 to 18
Your baby may start to smile and make eye contact with his/her mom. They may also begin to coo and make other vocalizations.
Days 19 to 22
Your baby's neck muscles will begin to strengthen, allowing them to hold their head up for short periods. Consider starting on brief periods of tummy time. Also, they may start to reach and grasp objects. Rattle toys to grasp will startle their interest.
Days 23 to 26
Your baby may begin to roll over from front to back, and may show increased interest in toys and other objects.
Days 27 to 30
As your baby grows, their social abilities will evolve, and they may start to identify and remember familiar faces and voices. To promote their progress, it's crucial to interact with your baby during playtime, singing, and conversations.
Additionally, giving them tummy time can enhance their neck and upper body muscles, further aiding their development.
Days 31-60: Sleep and Feeding Patterns
“Babies around six weeks old are likely to have developed a more consistent schedule for sleeping as well as feeding. Nevertheless, mothers who are new to parenting may still encounter difficulties during this phase. Babies could undergo growth spurts or developmental transformations that interrupt their established routine.”
Days 31 to 45
Your baby may begin sleeping for longer stretches at night but still require frequent feedings. Additionally, you may notice your baby becoming more alert and active during the day as their body and brain continue to develop.
Days 46 to 60
Your baby may go through a growth spurt that can disrupt their sleeping and feeding patterns. It's important to be prepared to provide additional feedings and comfort during this phase, knowing that it will eventually pass.
Days 61-90: Introducing Solids and Teething
At approximately three months of age, your infant may to start on solid foods, marking a significant development. It's vital to introduce new foods gradually and be vigilant for any indications of allergies or intolerance.
You can have basic purees of fruits and vegetables to start the introduction of solid foods. Introduce one new food at a time. During days 61-75, be alert for any signs of an allergic reaction, like breathing difficulties, rash, or hives.
Your little one may begin teething, which can be distressing for you and your baby. You can alleviate their discomfort by providing teething toys or a clean, cool washcloth to chew on. You may consult your pediatrician about safe and effective teething remedies.
Days 91-100: Celebrating Milestones
As the 100-day milestone approaches, it's a great opportunity to acknowledge and commemorate the achievements that you and your baby have accomplished. It's a time to ponder on the ups and downs of the past three months.
Moreover, you can anticipate several exciting experiences that are still to come.
Days 91 to 95
Your baby may be sitting up with support, or even on their own. They may also be babbling and responding to your voice and facial expressions.
Days 96 to 100
Your baby may be crawling, or getting ready to crawl. Infants tend to have a heightened curiosity about their surroundings. They also desire to engage with their environment.
It's essential to show compassion and patience as you embark on the first 100 days of motherhood. This period involves significant changes and adaptations, and it's common to feel bewildered or unsure.
You can provide your baby with the necessary assistance from your family, healthcare professionals, as well as friends. Congratulations on this fresh chapter of your life. Expect to have a joyful and healthy journey ahead.
Making Memories: Creative Activities and Ideas for New Moms and Babies
The journey of becoming a new mom is a delightful yet challenging experience that demands a great deal of responsibility. A crucial aspect of being a new mom is the creation of enduring memories with your little one.
During the early years of a child's life, innumerable precious moments can be transformed into cherished memories with a bit of imagination and determination.
- Engage in various activities and concepts.
One excellent suggestion is to capture lots of photographs and videos of your baby's growth and development. You can also compile a scrapbook or photo album to record all the significant milestones of your baby, from their first smile to their initial steps.
Another creative activity is to make hands and footprints with your baby. You can use non-toxic paint to make prints on paper or even on a piece of pottery that you can keep as a keepsake.
It's amazing how quickly babies grow! One way to capture the memory of how small your little one's hands and feet are is to make prints of them.
- Read to your baby.
You can start reading to your baby a few weeks after birth and continue as they grow up. This boosts the bonding and fosters a love for reading that will last a lifetime.
Your Parenting Journey Begins With Baby’s First 100 Days
For every new mom, the moment you’re approaching the end of your pregnancy marks a period of a roller coaster of high hopes and emotions. You will be anticipating the rigors of childbirth, after which, the first few days, weeks, and months of your first born.
Being a new mom is a hard task. And one of the challenging parts is getting involved with the crucial stage of growth spurts and developmental milestones of your baby. Nothing is more rewarding and fulfilling than seeing your bundle of joy grow into a healthy baby.
The moment you give birth, you will witness and experience your baby’s distinctive behaviors, as well as difficulties. On top of caring for your baby, you will also learn to manage your time wisely to care for yourself. Self-care is equally important!
Nonetheless, you can always ask for help from professionals, friends, as well as family members. Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us. We at Omega Pediatrics welcome you to discuss how to manage the different growth stages of your baby.
Book an appointment today.
Taking care of your baby, as well as yourself, is important to be the best mom you can be. Your doctor at Omega Pediatrics is one with you as you embark on your parenting journey.