Basic Newborn Care
You may have been excited about having a baby, but now that you have your sweet bundle at home you realize what a BIG responsibility it is. Being a brand new parent can be totally overwhelming, especially directly after receiving the special attention and care you had at the delivery. Being at home without someone next to you to tell you what to do next with your little one can be daunting, but there are really only 3 main things you need to be concerned about.
Nutrition. Newborn babies need to eat… a lot. Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, you can expect to be up around the clock every 2-3 hours making sure your baby is getting that important nutrition to help them grow.
Output. What goes in must come out. One of the main ways you can find out if your baby is getting enough to eat is by what you find in their diapers. A newborn baby usually has 6-8 wet diapers a day and will have 2-5 bowel movements.
Love. You can show love by taking care of their basic needs of feeding, changing, and bathing your baby. Your baby also needs that physical love touch. Holding your baby, talking to them, and gazing into their newly adjusting eyes will let them know that they are loved and cared for by you.
Caring for a newborn and gaining confidence as a new parent can be as easy as asking the right questions and acknowledging you need help. Know that your OB/GYN and Pediatrician are there to help you with basic care questions and things that are new and unknown to you. They have many years of experience and are happy to help you find the answers that you need.
Posted on behalf of
Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.
699 Church Street #220
Marietta, GA 30060