Caring for a newborn can be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. It’s important for new parents to remember they can trust their instincts, but some tips and a bit of help can make a big difference in reducing the stress of those first few weeks. Consider having a grandparent or close friend to call on for a break and rely on our experts to answer questions you have regarding care and your baby’s growth.
Bonding with your baby
Parents will tell you that quiet time with their new baby is their favorite time. For babies this time is crucial to their emotional development. Cradling, stroking and skin-to-skin contact helps babies thrive.
For new parents, handling a newborn can seem intimidating, but you will quickly become an expert. Remember to support your baby’s head and neck, and keep bouncing and rocking gentle. Fussy babies often are soothed by soft voices, dim light or by swaddling in a light blanket.
While keeping things clean is important, don’t overdo it. A simple sponge bath in the first few weeks is enough. Once the umbilical cord falls off and circumcision has healed your baby is ready for a bath, but only 2 or 3 times a week. More frequent baths will dry their skin and lead to rash.
Whether you are bottle feeding or breast feeding, making sure your baby is getting enough milk is one of the biggest concerns for new parents. Breast feeding can be especially challenging as you are not measuring out a certain amount. We suggest having a lactation specialist or other resource available to answer questions as you learn to understand your baby’s signals of hunger and satisfaction.
Our experts have provided the following information to help guide you through the baby feeding process.
From L to R
Randall Starcher, MD
Jason Hoppe, DO
Megan Staub, MD
Diane Kreitzer, NP
Julianne Yang Kar, MD
Sunitha Jagadish, MD
Melissa Vassas, DO
Eldy Lazaroff, NP