Becoming a new parent is a moment of pure bliss. Naturally, parents can have a lot of questions related to their newborns. In this blog post, we will talk about the most-asked questions related to newborns and their answers.
When Can My Child Meet Family and Friends?
As soon as you arrive home from the hospital, feel free to share your joy with your partner, family, or friends who want to visit and meet the new addition to your life. If possible, encourage visitors to wash their hands before holding your baby or touching around the face. If you have a pet, keep them away from the baby for now, and be prepared for people who may be allergic to pets. Do not bring your infant into a household where there is a sick family member, as they could potentially pass on infections such as chickenpox or whooping cough.
What Should I Do When My Baby Doesn’t Stop Crying?
Babies cry when they want something, but sometimes they cry when they don’t know what’s wrong. Try feeding your baby, changing their diaper, or holding them close to see if that helps. After trying these things, you might want to put your baby down in a safe place like a crib for a few minutes and step away for a minute or two if you need time to calm down. If nothing seems to work, try calling your doctor or nurse for advice.
When Should I Take My Baby to the Doctor?
You should take your baby to the doctor any time you think they may be sick. You should also see the doctor within two weeks after delivery for a newborn visit. This visit will check your baby’s overall health, including weight and length, as well as allow you to ask any questions about your baby’s development. Your doctor will also check to make sure you’re healing from your labor and delivery and that your baby’s doing well.
How Much Should My Baby Sleep?
Newborns generally sleep between 16 and 18 hours per day, but not all at once. They tend to fall asleep for stretches of three to five hours, then wake up and eat again. As they get older, they’ll start sleeping in longer stretches during the night and staying awake longer during the day.
What’s Normal for My Baby’s Poop?
Babies’ poop changes color and consistency depending on their age and what they’re eating. For example, when breast-fed babies first start eating solids (usually at around four months), their poop is generally yellowish-green.
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