Should a new born baby live one week with one parent and one week with the other parent?
My personal opinion on this is that it would be okay for this to happen, but I have no evidence really to back this up.
I would think that it would be okay as long as the baby has a set place to be in both homes, a place that will eventually feel familiar to it. It would also be important for both parents to follow a similar schedule in terms of a sleep routine for the baby.
At least for us, it seemed very important to establish a consistent sleep schedule for our infants so they didn't drive us crazy and so they themselves would be happier. I think that is what would be most endangered by shuttling back and forth.
I would say that it would probably be best for the newborn to be able to stay in one household as opposed to moving back and forth from one week to the next. However I think infants need a set routine, so if this is established from the very beginning it would be a part of the infants’ routine and maybe it would not bother him or her as much as we think it would. I would think that it would be an extreme situation for this type of arrangement to be made. Is this court ordered or just an arrangement made by the parents?
I think a new born baby should stay with the mother unless there is a serious reason for this not to happen. Not saying that the father wouldn't be able to care for the baby, but women have a natural mothering instinct which men will never have.