When people think of pregnancy, they think that the womb is a dark, quiet place. The one mistake that most new parents make is assuming that their newborn will sleep best in a dark room with no noise.
It may surprise you to know that the womb isn’t as quiet, dark, and peaceful as you think. For example, babies can see rays of light piercing through mom’s uterine wall!
Babies also constantly hear the loud sound of blood rushing through their mom’s body. Some experts believe the womb can be as loud as a vacuum cleaner!
Life inside the womb:
- Dim (not pitch black)
- Fairly noisy
During pregnancy, your baby is squished on all sides by your uterus. She sees rays of light at times. And she hears the constant rush of blood through your body, plus many other muffled sounds (like your voice.) She’s always warm and has gotten used to rocking, jiggling and bouncing.
Knowing this, it’s no surprise that your newborn would cry when placed in a motionless bassinet in a dark and silent room. This doesn’t feel like “home” at all!
How to help your newborn adjust to the outside world:
- Swaddle your baby throughout the fourth trimester.
- Play white noise (loudly at times.)
- Use a night light for the first few weeks (only if your baby sleeps better with light)
- Hold your baby a lot (& use a baby carrier)
Ever wondered why your newborn won’t sleep on his own? His bassinet feels very different than the womb, so he prefers the comfort of mom or dad’s arms while being rocked to sleep. Being “held” is what he’s been used to for the past 9 months, after all.
While the essential must have baby items would be a swaddle blanket, white noise machine (I’ve heard great things about the Conair), and possibly a night light- there’s a lot more to the fourth trimester than you may realize.
Let’s go through the ultimate list of newborn & new mom must haves that will make your fourth trimester as easy as possible.