Are you in the second week of getting to know your little one? By this time, you and your partner are entirely alone. Everybody went to the daily activities, and they won’t be able to help you 100% of the time. Trust me, I know this sounds like an intense feeling, but it doesn’t have to be when you have the right items with you. Once again, I learned this lesson after having my second baby. By the beginning of the second week, I had everything I needed from baby oil to tiny nail clippers. And, by the end of this week, my partner and I had a master on parenthood (At least the second week of parenthood.)
Second weeks are all about making your baby feel comfortable with his or her new environment because this is a brand new world for your kid, and he or she is going to experience it by touch and feel. At this stage of their life, babies can’t differentiate objects by sight since they’re still nearsighted. Newborn babies can only see things from 8 to 15 inches away. What does this mean? Your baby will try to grab an object and feel it since he or she can’t watch it properly.
This experience happened a lot with Ethan, my first born, so I decided to play a game with him: I to put him on a blanket on the floor and grab several non-harmful objects for him to touch. Ethan loved the feel of scarfs and cotton balls, I got these items close to his hands, and he would be delighted. Furthermore, I put it next to his belly so he could feel the objects in other places. This is my first recommendation for the second week: have soft objects your baby can handle. I encouraged each of my friends to play this game too! They had told me their babies loved it.
Let me tell you a funny anecdote: when my brother was a baby boy, he used to have long nails. My mom had to fight with him so she could cut them off and he always ended up so mad. One time, he was so furious that he prohibit mom from giving his bottle. Instead, he went to our dad. This decision lasted for a week! Can you imagine that? But my mom was right about cutting his nails because babies’ nail grows so fast! One day they are tiny and the next day is extremely long. It’s so important that you be aware of this because you would have to cut them off. If your baby has long nails, he or she might scratch their faces. By the second week, you should have a mini nail clipper so you can cut his or her nails.
Another essential item for this second week is oil. Rubbing your baby’s body with oil stimulates his or her tiny body from early on. Sensory stimulation is vital because this is one of the first ways your baby gets to experience his or her outside world. My recommendation for you is to purchase utterly organic oil such as coconut oil, sesame oil, and even olive oil. Olive oil is famous within our family because my mom used it for giving us massage when we had stomach aches. I have applied this same idea to Ethan and Sarah, and it has worked tremendously well.
The first weeks are all about swaddling your baby. Have you heard about this practice? Swaddling is the art of wrapping your baby in a blanket, so he or she feels warm and safe. When you swaddle your baby, you’re making sure he remains calm. Experts recommend it in the first weeks since the baby is adapting to his or her surroundings. Do you want to try it? If the answer is yes, then you must get the perfect blankets. Swaddle blankets are made from 100% cotton. Moreover, you can find swaddle wraps and wearable blankets, these items work just the same as swaddle wraps.
So, there you have it. These are the top items you should have during the second week of life of your baby. As always, I encourage you to talk to your doctor if you have any detailed questions about what to do in the first weeks.