We welcome your new baby!!
 Information for New Parents
We welcome your new baby and want to give you some tips to make your first few months at home easier!!
Breastfeeding is best for your new baby.  To ensure better feeding, try to avoid giving your baby a bottle or pacifier for the first three weeks.  When your baby wants to suck let him/her breastfeed.
If you choose not to breastfeed, formula is a good second choice!  Make sure to keep your baby in a semi-sitting position.  This will help avoid him/her from sucking down as much air.
Make sure that your baby is sleeping on his/her back!  This will decrease the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  Never put your baby in the bed to sleep with you!  Use a bassinet or crib to avoid smothering your baby.
Generally, you do not need to do anything to your baby's navel.  Remember to keep the area dry and turn your baby's diaper down to avoid the navel getting wet from the diaper.
Your baby communicates with you by crying.  Soon you will be able to tell the difference between his/her cries.  Do not think that you must feed your baby every time he/she cries.  Make sure your baby is not too warm, does not have a soiled diaper, or does not need to be burped.
It does not spoil your baby to hold him/her to give comfort.  Your baby may need to feel secure in your arms!
Always fasten your baby in a car seat.  It should be rear-facing until your baby is 1 year old and weighs at least 20 pounds.  The best place to put your car seat is the middle of the second row of your vehicle.  NEVER put your baby's car seat in the front passenger side that has an airbag!!
Your baby usually needs to have his/her head covered for the first week of life to avoid heat loss.  After that time, you can plan to dress your baby in the same number of layers of clothes that you are wearing.  Generally, plan to keep the temperature in your home between 70-72 degrees.  Avoid placing your baby under a vent or near a fan.
Plan to change your baby's diaper frequently the first few weeks of life.  Most babies will have a stool diaper every time he/she eats.  Your baby may strain with passing a stool but this is normal.  As long as the stool is watery-seedy or mushy, your baby is not constipated!
A diaper cream or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) may help prevent diaper rashes.  But the best way to prevent rashes is to change diapers after soiling.
Your baby does NOT need any water until he/she is 1 year old.  There is enough water in the breastmilk or formula.
After having a baby, a mother's hormones can become off-balanced.  This can lead to post-partum depression - "baby blues".
Ways to help are:  Mom needs to get enough sleep - when baby goes to sleep, Mom should try to sleep.  Mom needs to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables; Mom needs to avoid caffeine drinks like coffee and Coke/Pepsi.  If Mom does not feel better in a few days, she should contact her doctor.
If your baby feels warm to you, use a thermometer and take his/her temperature.  Your baby may be warm because you have too much clothes or covers on - remove these and recheck the temperature.  If your baby still has a temperature more than 100 degrees - call the office or nurse triage immediately!
It is normal for your baby's skin to peel.  Generally, you do not need to use any lotions or oils.  If you choose to use these items, do not put them on your baby's face or hair.
Your baby does not need any solid foods - baby foods or table foods - until he/she is 6 months old.  It is not true that giving cereal will help your baby sleep better.  Many times this will cause trouble sleeping because of upset stomach.
Avoiding using lotions and oils on your baby's hair will help prevent cradle cap (seborrhea).  If your baby does develop cradle cap, wash his/her hair more often.  Gently massage the scalp using a soft firm brush.
Your baby may sound like he/she has a "cold", but most times this is not an infection!  Your baby's nose controls the quality of the air that he/she breathes.  If it is cold outside, the nose warms the air; if it is warm, the nose cools the air; if it is dry, the nose adds moisture to the air.
Using saline nose drops and suctioning with your blue suction bulb will help clear the nose.  Also, using a cool mist humidifier will help your baby's stuffy nose.  Never allow anyone to smoke in your home or car because the smoke will make your baby have more congestion and can cause breathing problems.
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