Days 1-7

The First Week

The first week of your child’s life is a time of excitement and energy as you welcome the new arrival into your family, but it is also likely to be a time of tiredness and anxiety. It is a critical period not just in terms of your and your child’s postnatal health but also in her development and the development of the parent-child bond.

Some new parents find that with experience and support around them, they can negotiate this first week serenely and without any real challenges. However, the reality is that most parents will encounter difficulties or, at the very least, find themselves with many questions in the first seven days.

From bottle or breastfeeding to sleeping to nappy changing, there are so many issues that the parent of a newborn might confront. Sometimes this can be overwhelming, but the truth is that, with a little guidance, years of evolutionary hardwiring should be enough to ensure that your nurturing instincts get you through.

Here at My BabyManual we have a vast library of resources, including guides and expert articles that form a useful companion to your parenting journey. These cover every period of your new child’s life, beginning at Day 1 and running through to Day 7 and beyond. Just click through to read about the following:

Whatever the age or developmental stage of your child, My BabyManual is an online library of useful resources to help you on your journey to a happy, healthy and informed family life. With expert articles written by GPs, midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians, nutritionists, and more, consider My BabyManual your trusted baby and child guide.