advice for New Parents
Bringing home a new baby can be exciting and overwhelming at first. You are still in the process of getting to know your baby and understanding the different types of behavior they exhibit.
The information below will help you develop realistic expectations and feel confident about caring for your new baby.
Normal During Early Infancy
Babies cry as way to communicate and in time you will learn to tell the difference in cries. Babies cry because of hunger, soiled diaper, over-stimulation, pain, frustration and even loneliness.
When your baby continues to cry try the following:
Do not worry about spoiling your baby by holding him/her too much. Babies need all the holding they can get. It helps them to trust and love you, and feel secure.
Non-nutritive sucking is a reflex and calms young infants.
There is no objection to using pacifiers whether you are bottle or breastfeeding.
Newborns may sleep 16 or more hours per day typically in three to four hour periods. Don’t expect your baby to sleep through the night until about three months of age.
If your baby is not sleeping through the night by three months there is no reason for worry. Babies must develop their own sleep patterns and cycles by learning from a consistent, organized parenting style.
Initially, newborns sleep most of the day with brief periods of wakefulness lasting one to two hours each, and waking up at night for one or two feedings.
Babies may wake at night if they are cold or need a diaper change.
Most babies will sleep through normal household noises.
Never put babies to sleep with bottles in their mouths. Fluids from the bottle can cause ear infections and tooth decay.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing babies on their backs to in their cribs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). To reduce the risk of SIDS: