In fact, the brain of a newborn baby weighs about 400 grams and in a year already a kilo. Adult brains have a weight of around 1400 grams, and the first year is very important for the development of the brain.
Some babies sleep 20 hours a day, while others only need 15 hours. Just like adults, some need more sleep than others. If your baby is awake and alert between sleeps, has enough energy to feed and grows well, then there are no sleep issues!
You have probably heard a lot about the care of your baby. A subject you might have heard or read less about, is bonding. Bonding is the development of a good bond between parent and baby. When this bond is and remains strong, a baby will bond safely. This is especially important during the first year. The first year is the foundation on which the personality is "built" later on. Here too, the following applies: the stronger the basis, the better the resistance against problems that can occur later on.
The first two weeks are over and you’ve probably gotten somewhat used to new life with your little one.
The first weeks after delivery are a succession of new experiences. Give yourself time! After having been pregnant for nine months, you are now in recovery mode. Your body is recovering from the pregnancy and delivery, and if you are breastfeeding, it is also working hard on making milk for your baby. Again, awesome job! It is important to be patient with and kind to yourself, and to occasionally take some time for yourself.
You have done the hard work (and are still doing it), it is now time for your partner to get into action. The more your partner takes care of the daily concerns, the more you have the opportunity to recover.
Of course, at the same time a lot of changes are happening for your partner. It is important to do things together and to talk about everything new you are experiencing. This will help you build a strong foundation for your family.