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Newborn and Infant Care

Time

04/02/2002

Question:

How long does it take for a newborn baby to get used to the surroundings it lives in?

Answer:

I`m not really sure what you are asking. However, it is important to remember that when a baby is born, they have many adjustments to make. During their first nine months they have lived in a dark, muffled, warm world that was fairly predictable. Following birth they are thrust into a cold, dry, bright and noisy world. How the baby adapts to all the changes depends on their general temperament and personality. Some babies find stimuli (for example: the vacuum cleaner, music, light, temperature changes) very distressing, while others are indifferent to or enjoy stimuli. Each baby is a unique individual, and what has worked for your other children may not work for this child. It is also important that as a parent you must adjust to having a new child, and that too, takes time.

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Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati