Personally the first month of a baby’s life is probably the most important but also the most difficult time for a new mother and father. So I thought for this post I will share some of my personal experience to hopefully make that first month less daunting for any new parent. I think that it is safe to say that the first month for any baby is going to be difficult as this is when they have to physically adjust to life in the outside world for the first time away from the safe compound of a mother’s womb and some adjust with relative ease while others take a significant amount if time to fully comprehend what life is like on the outside!! So the most important rule for all new parents is that your baby is different so irrespective of how other babies behave during this month it varies from child to child!! No child is the same and no behaviour is right or wrong. The only thing as a parent we can do is accommodate and adapt to our babies needs and guide it through it’s first month with love and care.
The significant of the first month in Asian culture is signified with a celebration when our precious one reaches it’s first month milestone. They believe the first month is just as important as a baby’s first year milestone. So when baby reaches the first month a party is held in celebration!! (Call it a mini birthday celebration). As a mother I now know why it is so important. The first month is when you begin to form that unique bond with your child that only exist between a mother and her baby. The first month is also the start of life as a parent to a child that now totally depends on you in every aspect of it’s life and no more than in this first month when it requires reassurance that it is safe in this big new world with you by their side.
The first month is also known in Asia as the confinement period. Most Asian mums have to undertake this period of confinement after giving birth to a child.
Personally to me the first month is the most important for both a new parent and the newborn. Therefore, I have decided to break up this post into five categories which I feel is the most significant for any new parent to have some basic knowledge about. These are – The Confinement Period, Sleep Patterns, Bath Time, Breast Feeding and Post Natal Blues. So stay tune for each Post in the not so distant future!