9 Things The Duchess Should Know About The First Two Weeks
The designer bags are packed, the royal nursery is ready and now all Kate needs is Baby. But does she really know what to expect those first few weeks? Here are nine things the Duchess of Cambridge (and every mom-to-be) should know
Babies cry… a lot
Even royal babies cry. But, why? According to Susan Brinks, author of The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Protecting and Nurturing an Infant Through the First Three Months, “[Babies] cry because it’s their only tool of communication… And when a mother ceaselessly tries to comfort an infant through an inconsolable spell of wailing, the newborn is learning that she’s there for [them]—even when she can’t quite figure out what’s wrong.”
Breastfeeding can be painful
Something that sounds so natural doesn’t always come naturally for many new mothers, duchess or not. Breastfeeding often involves a painful learning curve for both mama and baby and can feel extremely frustrating in the beginning. Kate should know she’s not alone and that there are many tips and resources she can utilize to help get her through those tough few weeks.
Don't be afraid to ask for help
Brink says, “New mothers have to take on this task of understanding this demanding and fully dependent person at a time when they themselves are sore, exhausted, sleep deprived, and—let’s face it—scared witless that they might not be up to the task… I urge them to ask for help from spouses, family and friends, and to accept all help offered.” So don’t be shy, Kate!
Babies go through <i>lots</i> of diapers
Kate may know that babies get changed a lot, but does she really know? The average newborn goes through 10-12 diapers per day, so Will & Kate better get that royal nursery stocked! And they should also know that newborn #2 looks… well, interesting. So instead of getting worried, the new parents can check out the newborn poop guide to know what’s normal and what’s not.
Newborns are HUNGRY
Newborns need to eat—and eat often. Generally, newborn babies need to be fed every 2-3 hours, and many experts recommend not putting baby on a feeding schedule this early. According to Brinks, “Feed the baby when he or she signals hungers… the baby sets the schedule for eating.” While this may make Baby happy and full, it’ll make getting some shut-eye for Mama challenging, so Kate should take her mother’s advice and sleep when His or Her Highness sleeps.
Take time to recover
Most moms-to-be are so excited at the thought of finally meeting their little one, that they don’t consider that there is often considerable physical recovery from the delivery for Mom herself. Whether Kate ends up having a natural or C-section delivery, there’s bound to be some residual pain and discomfort. Don’t worry, it all goes away over time, but remember to take it easy and let someone else (or an entire palace staff) do the heavy lifting for once.
You might feel blue… and that's OK
A mother’s body goes on quite the roller coaster those first two weeks postpartum—from drastic drops in hormones to exhaustion to interrupted sleep, it’s no wonder most new moms experience the “baby blues,” a mild form of postpartum depression. Kate may feel extra emotional, overwhelmed and not bonded with Baby, but she should be reminded that this is completely normal and usually goes away on its own once her hormones adjust.
Newborns sleep <i>a lot</i>
One thing Kate may not know is that the first two weeks, while challenging in many other ways, is also a great transition period because many newborns tend to sleep most of the day (and night) away. In fact, some doctors recommend waking your baby to eat since often they won’t wake on their own. So we would advise Kate to just enjoy this oh-so-brief- period before the little Prince or Princess really start to wake up to the world and all of that precious sleep is but a distant memory.
It goes so fast
Everyone says it, but when you’re in the thick of things the days can seem endless and the nights even longer. But, it’s true. This brief period where they’re oh-so-tiny goes by in the blink of an eye, never to return again. So, while it may be difficult admist all the changing, feeding and soothing, Kate should try to really embrace and savor these first remarkable moments—and take lots of pictures (paparazzi shots don’t count) to preserve those royal memories forever.
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