First, it’s not just your baby—it’s all babies that are so adorable, cute, and eccentric as well. Their nervous system is immature, they have no experience in life, their brains are continuing to develop, and they will be unable to make good decisions until their brain is about 22-years-old! Some of the things they do and the looks on their soft faces are meaningless to us.
The things discussed here usually happen during the first year and a few months of the baby’s time with us. Don’t become stressed, and enjoy some of the antics and dirty tricks baby does.
It’s Tough Breast Feeding
Your friends tried to tell you. You can’t seem to understand that women have been doing this forever. It’s hard to do: you will bleed, have infections, cluster feeding, poor latch—just ask for help and it will become easier. There’s no better way to bond with your baby. The benefits are that your milk has antibodies, the baby will not have as many if any, colds, ear, and sinus infections, less constipation and diarrhea, and fewer allergies.
Diaper Changing Time
Uh-oh! You smell it and know what it is—a poopy diaper and he has his hands in his pants! You wonder why he’s doing this. To some babies messing their diapers even with the odor is unthinkable. To other babies they like it—it feels normal, not uncomfortable, the smell is not offensive, and neither is the poop. They get their little hands on it and squish. You could put him in a onesie, but soon he will learn how to get it unsnapped, or you can distract him with a toy.
Now it’s diaper changing time, again. His hands are inside his diaper and moving around. He is playing with himself? Yes, but not to worry; and no, not to worry.
Babies start to investigate their genitals at about 5- to 7-months. Babies touch themselves because they are curious and it’s not the same to them as us. They want to learn, are curious, and like to get their hands on anything, even his feet and hands. All the other things he plays with don’t grab your attention the same way you are grabbed by this. He might spend a bit more time on this part of his body rather than toes and fingers because it feels good to him.
If it disturbs you, pick him up, distract him with toys, or play with him. It’s perfectly natural for him to do this and girls do it too. They are both learning about their bodies.
If your infant thinks he’s going to fall, or even when startled lying in bed, he might toss his arms out to the sides as if flying. Not to worry; it’s his nervous system developing. He will feel the stress and his little heart will beat fast and the rate will increase along with his breathing. This reflex will disappear at about 3 months.
First Time Standing
At about 10 months, your baby will grab something and pull himself up to his feet. It will frighten him and excite him too. Hmmm. He doesn’t know how to get down. Dropping his butt to the floor will take some practice. He won’t be hurt since he doesn’t have far to fall and is well padded anyway with his diapers and fat bottom. Put a pillow or blanket down so he will fall back on that on his butt. It won’t take long for him to figure it out.
Shaking and Quivering
One minute, your baby’s lying there serenely and peaceful. Then she starts to tremble and quiver as if she has the chills. It’s just her nervous system and she’s not good at controlling it so she seems a bit jerky. Not to worry; she’s maturing. Be sure her hands and feet aren’t cold. Put some extra clothes or blankets on her when her muscles tense and relax quickly. If this happens often with her crying, be sure to call the doctor. A shiver occasionally is nothing to worry about.
The hiccups that turn into up-chucking all the milk you just gave her. Since her breathing and swallowing is not synced yet, she will hiccup and her milk will come up with it. Spitting up can be a sign of indigestion and putting her on her tummy on your lap gently rubbing her back can often time calm her down.
Attention by Coughing
Just when things were going normally, she starts coughing. She’s smiling so she must be okay. She does it again, and each time she does, you go running. She continues because she’s getting your attention. Always give babies your attention. It’s socially interacting and you’re her mom.
Watching a Movie
When you plan on sitting down and relaxing watching a good movie at home with some popcorn and a cold soda, it will take up to 5 hours when you have a baby.
You will feel self-conscious when your baby is sharing your bedroom with you. He or she will be watching you, so it seems, with those camera eyes. How shuttering that might feel, but rest assured, the baby doesn’t know what’s going on.