Baby development Baby The first 24 hours If the birth was straightforward, you may be back home with your newborn the same day - so what happens next? 1 of Ad break YOUR BABYNewborn babies are often alert for an hour or so after being born, before falling into a long, deep sleep. This is thought to be nature's way of letting you both recover from the birth. Enjoy it while it lasts, let that post-birth adrenaline subside, and get some sleep! YOUHang on to those big knickers as you'll be passing blood - like having a heavy period - in the first 48 hours. Make sure you've got plenty of maternity pads and big black pants to hand. YOUR BABYIf you're keen to breastfeed, it's good to get your baby started as soon as you can. At this stage, your breasts don't contain milk, they produce colostrum - a thick, yellow substance containing all the nutrients your baby needs for the first few days. YOUYou will probably be feeling sore whether you had a natural delivery or a Caesarean - painkillers will help. If you've torn or had an episiotomy, you may be bruised for a weeks. Don't panic, things will get back to normal. Many women find it takes five weeks for the pain and bruising to subside. Continue slideshow > YOUR BABYEnjoy having a good cuddle with your newborn. Skin to skin contact is important for bonding with both mum and dad, and is hugely pleasurable for baby and parent. YOUWhile elated at the birth, it is common to feel so tired and sore that you can't cope with a baby immediately. Make sure you have help on hand - your partner or your mum maybe - to ensure that both you and your baby are loved and looked after in those important early hours. By Babyexpert.com Last updated on 31 July 2009 Comments Latest on MadeForMums MadeForMums Awards 2018 shortlist announced Mum takes drastic action when her baby name is 'stolen' How Rochelle Humes tackled her daughter's curly hair insecurity What's the most you'd pay to watch your child's Christmas play?