Baby Survival Guide: What to Expect (From Day 1 to 3 Months)

From diapers to feedings, here's what to expect in your new born baby's first few months.

Photography by Luis Albuquerque.

Photography by Luis Albuquerque.

Day One

  • 1 or more wet diapers
  • 1–2 or more sticky, dark green or black stools called meconium
  • Minimum 6–8 breastfeedings in first 24 hours; feedings will be small—about 1 tablespoon of colostrum (“first milk”) at a time

Day Two

  • 2 or more wet diapers
  • 1–2 or more sticky, dark green or black stools (meconium)
  • 8–12 breastfeedings (about every 1 ½–3 hours) over 24 hours; feeding volume will double to about 2 tablespoons colostrum per feeding
  • Between day 2 and 5, breast will produce “second milk” (lighter, not sticky compared to first milk), and a sucking noise will be audible when baby is feeding

Day Three

  • 3 or more heavy wet diapers
  • 2–3 brown, yellow or green stools; may become seedy yellow stool
  • 8–12 breastfeedings (about every 
1 ½–3 hours) over 24 hours

Day Four

  • 4 or more heavy wet diapers
  • 2–3 or more brown, yellow or green stools; may become seedy yellow stool
  • 8–12 breastfeedings (about every 
1 ½–3 hours) over 24 hours

Day Five

  • 5 or more heavy wet diapers
  • 2–3 or more stools, which should be increasingly yellow
  • 8–12 breastfeedings (about every 1 ½–3 hours) over 24 hours

Day Six

  • 6 or more heavy wet 
diapers
  • 2-3 seedy and watery or pasty stools each day
  • 8–12 breastfeedings (about every 1 ½–3 hours) over 24 hours

Day Seven

  • 6 or more heavy wet diapers
  • Stools 2–3 seedy and watery or pasty yellow stools each day
  • Breastfeeding 8–12 feedings each day, about every 2–4 hours; baby should be satisfied between feedings
  • Baby usually regains birth weight within 7–14 days of birth

Weeks Two–Four

  • 6 or more heavy wet diapers (urine should be pale yellow 
or clear)
  • Stools 2–3 seedy and watery or pasty yellow stools each day
  • Breastfeeding 8–12 feedings each day, about every 2–4 hours; baby should be satisfied between feedings
  • Formula-feeding 6–8 feedings per day, each 3–4 ounces
  • Colic symptoms may begin ♦Eyes will begin to produce tears

In the First Month

  • Sleep 2–4-hour periods for a total of about 16–18 hours per day
  • Hands are held closed for the most part, but will open more frequently
  • Palmar grasp reflex develops: Baby is able to tightly grasp an adult’s finger in his palm
  • Sneezing is common (not necessarily a sign of a cold)

One – Two Months

  • Stools 1 very large yellow (or tan or dark green, if formula-fed) stool once a day to once every 7 days, or many stools each day
  • Breastfeeding Every 1 ½ –3 hours (8–12 times) in every 24-hour period; if baby sleeps longer, gently wake him every 3–4 hours for feeding until breastfeeding is established. Once you’re in a routine, feed  on demand
  • Formula-feeding 5–6 feedings per day, each 4–6 ounces
  • Sleep 16–18 hours per day, about 3–4 hours at a time
  • Colic peaks at 6–8 weeks
  • Baby begins to smile responsively at about 5–6 weeks

Two–Three Months

  • Stools 1 very large yellow (or tan or dark green, if formula-fed) stool once a day to once every 7 days, or many stools each day
  • Breastfeeding Expect to feed every 2–4 hours (8–12 times) in every 24-hour period. Baby should be satisfied after each feeding
  • Formula-feeding 5–6 feedings per day, each 4–6 ounces
  • Sleep 14–16 hours per day, including some longer stretches at night
  • Baby will be able to kick legs, support his head briefly when held upright and lift head briefly when placed on his tummy
  • Baby will quiet when caregiver speaks to them

 

new-baby-ctaThis story is part of our New Baby Guide. Check it out for more info on bringing home, planning for and surviving having a new baby.

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