Parents who just have a baby often worry whether their baby is born healthy. Are their needs fulfilled properly and whether their behavior is normal. Here is the development of newborns in general that can be a guide.
Although new born, but that does not mean the baby these few days can not do anything. Since in the womb, he has been able to hear and respond. This natural ability develops after they are born.
Size and Weight of Newborns
Based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO), newborn boys generally weigh 3-3.6 kg with a length of 48.5-51 cm, and a baby girl 2.9-3.5 kg with a length of 48- 50 cm. In general, most newborn babies will be at this weight, while a small number of babies born weighing less or more than that size.
Motor Ability: Reflex Movement
Your baby is born with some sudden reflexes or natural movements that they can do even while sleeping. The reflexes include arching your back like when you were still in the womb, crying loudly when surprised to hear loud sounds, and suddenly stretching your arms and legs. This reflex is called the Moro Reflex and will disappear in the next few months. Another reflex is that the Little one pushes his tongue out when something is placed in his mouth, his feet will be traced like stepping when he touches the floor, and the reflexes of the baby’s toes grasp then expand when the foot is gently rubbed.
Sucking Breast Milk Naturally
Newborns generally spend 16-17 hours a day to close their eyes. Even so the hours of sleep may be intermittent to about eight phases of sleep. Usually they will wake up to drink milk every 2-3 hours. But this schedule can be different for each baby. The CHAPTER characteristics of a newborn breastfeeding are slightly different from formula-fed babies.
Newborns will also naturally turn their faces and open their mouths when you place your fingers or nipples on the cheeks and corners of their lips. This movement he did to suckle and naturally can directly suck the breast to drink breast milk.
He can smell the aroma of breast milk and come closer to the source. This is what makes initiation of early breastfeeding (IMD) can be done, namely when a newborn baby naturally approaches the breast to get his first food source. This ability also makes the baby feel more comfortable in the arms of his mother’s chest. In addition, he can also smell unpleasant odors, such as the smell of his own stool on diapers.
Even though he was born, he was able to taste and taste bitter and sweet, even with abilities that are sharper than adults. While saltiness can only be felt around the age of 5 months.
The development of each child will look unique so you don’t have to worry too much if your child hasn’t shown signs like this at this age. As a new parent, it is important to make sure the baby’s needs are met on time because the whole life of the baby at this age is very dependent on breastfeeding and the patience of the mother and father.