Newborns in Transition: 5 Ways to Help Them Adjust to the World

Written by Dr. Burtseva Tamara Viktorivna on Mon, 27 November 2023

Key Highlights

  • Newborns require reassurance and comfort, like cuddling, to feel secure. Skin-to-skin contact promotes babies' physiological stability and bonding.
  • Establishing a routine provides predictability that can soothe and settle a baby. Communicating through talking and singing enhances connection and language development.
  • A tranquil atmosphere with soft lighting and gentle sound help your newborn relax and sleep better, which is vital for their growth. 

Helping Your Baby Adjust To The New Environment

Welcoming a new member to the family is always an exciting experience. However, for a newborn, the transition from the womb to the world can be overwhelming. As parents, it is important to provide a warm and nurturing environment to help your baby adjust to their new surroundings. In this article, we will explore some ways in which you can help your newborn adjust to the world.

Cuddling And Comforting

Newborns need constant reassurance and comfort to feel secure in their new environment. Cuddling your baby provides a sense of security and warmth that helps them feel safe and loved. You can hold your baby close to your chest, rock them gently and sing to them to help them feel calm and relaxed.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Skin-to-skin contact is an excellent way to bond with your newborn and promote their well-being. When you hold your baby against your bare chest, it helps regulate their body temperature, heart rate, and breathing. Skin-to-skin contact also promotes the release of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes feelings of love and attachment. If your baby was born prematurely or was diagnosed with any medical conditions, skin-to-skin contact can be particularly beneficial. It helps stabilise their vital signs and reduce stress levels. So, make sure to spend plenty of time holding your baby close to your chest, with their head resting on your bare skin.

Establishing A Routine

Newborns thrive on routine and it can help them feel more secure and settled in their new environment. Establishing a routine can be as simple as feeding your baby at the same time every day, following a consistent sleep schedule, or having a regular bath time. A routine helps your baby anticipate what will happen next and makes them feel more in control of their surroundings. As your baby grows, you can introduce more activities into their routine, such as playtime, tummy time, and brief outings. Remember to be flexible and adjust your routine as your baby's needs change.

Talking And Singing To Your Baby

Talking And Singing To Your Baby

Newborns are sensitive to the sound of their parents' voices and hearing familiar sounds can be comforting and reassuring. Talking and singing to your baby helps them feel more connected to you and their environment. You can narrate your daily activities to your baby or sing lullabies to soothe them to sleep. As your baby grows, talking and singing also help promote language development and encourage social interaction. So, make sure to take plenty of time to communicate with your baby, even if they are too young to understand the words you are saying.

Creating A Calm Environment

A calm and soothing environment can help your newborn feel more relaxed and at ease. You can create a peaceful environment by keeping the lights dim, playing soft music, and minimizing loud noises. Avoid overstimulating your baby with too much activity or noise, as this can cause stress and anxiety. You can also create a calm environment for your newborn by painting their nursery in warm and soft colours. With the help of a thermoregulator, you can also make sure the temperature of the room is not too hot or cold. All these will help the baby adjust to the new world and also promote healthy sleeping patterns.

Take In Every Moment

The transition from the womb to the world can be challenging for newborns but with the right care and attention, parents can help their babies adjust to their new surroundings. By providing cuddling, skin-to-skin contact, establishing a routine, talking and singing, and creating a calm environment, parents can create a nurturing and supportive environment for their newborns. Remember to be patient and flexible and enjoy this special time bonding with your little one.


Adjusting to a new world is a delicate process for newborns, but with warmth, consistent care, and a peaceful setting, parents can greatly ease their baby's transition. Embrace the bond through physical closeness, establish comforting routines, engage in gentle communication, and craft a serene atmosphere. Cherish each moment as your baby grows in a loving, secure environment.


Dr. Burtseva Tamara Viktorivna

Dr. Burtseva Tamara Viktorivna is a pediatrician by profession based out of Ukraine. In 2004, Dr. Viktorivna graduated from Ukraine's Donetsk Medical University where she specialised in pediatric studies. She then gathered extensive experience on ground until 2011 at city polyclinic No. 1 in Donetsk, where she worked as a pediatrician handling a variety of cases.

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