Welcome your Royal Highness Prince (name to come) and congratulations to new parents Prince William and Duchess Kate. I imagine (like all new parents) you are over the moon in love with your new baby boy!
There really is no way to account for that instant unconditional love that a parent feels for their child. It truly happens the minute your newborn baby takes their first breath....God opens a parent’s heart and fills it with love!
The first few days after the baby’s birth are adrenalin filled and most of the time is spent just holding and gazing in awe at your new baby. At the same time, the reality of having a newborn has not yet really settled in. The days spent in the hospital go by quickly and then suddenly you, (new parents), are “discharged to home” with a few instructions and “good wishes” for your new life together.
Even in a palace (and with plenty of help I assume) the reality of parenthood begins to hit with the knowledge that this baby requires attention 24/7, and many times that means sleepless nights. For some reason a newborn does not “understand” circadian rhythm, at least for several months, and those night time feedings lead to tired parents. Even with nurses and nannies, a mother is breast feeding mom needs to get up every 2-4 hours to feed her precious bundle.
Remember as a new parent you need to sleep when the baby sleeps! This means you may need a nap from 2-4 in the afternoon as that darling baby may be up from 2-4 in the middle of the night, which means you are too! All new parents feel exhausted at times; it is all part of parenting.
Newborns are also quite unpredictable and even though you may have changed, fed and burped your baby, you should know that they sometimes cry and it is hard to figure out what to do next.
I believe in picking up your newborn baby if they are crying, as sometimes they just need to be held and cuddled (even if they keep on crying). You can’t spoil an infant. Try swaddling and swaying with the baby as you make a “shushing” sound.
I also recommend using a pacifier (dummy in England) because a new baby may need some non-nutritive sucking which is yet another means of self calming.
Make sure your baby sleeps on their back (lowers the risk of SIDS) but tummy time is important as well so that their heads don’t get flat.
If your baby ever falls asleep during tummy time they must be turned over to sleep on their back - even if you are standing there watching them. NO TUMMY SLEEPING!
The first 6-8 weeks are the hardest and it is really just about “survival”. Sleep when you can, make sure you are eating (especially for breast feeding moms) and know that all new parents feel overwhelmed at first. You really don’t need to worry about “messing up” and in about 8 weeks that precious new baby will give you a beautiful smile, and that makes those memories of long sleepless nights (and some days) fade away fairly quickly.
Congratulations and good luck!