Nothing can be more self-satisfying than being able to care for all of your baby's needs. At the same time, caring for your child can weigh heavy on your shoulders and seem overwhelming. There are a number of things you should keep in mind when you bring your newborn home and throughout their development.
If you're new to childbirth, some newborn development phases may seem strange to you and you may wonder, Is this normal? In most cases, your newborn is just fine and you will soon be able to learn exactly what he or she needs and wants. However, there are also times when you may need to call the doctor to better assess the problem at hand.
Call your healthcare provider if your baby:
- Is sleepy and hard to wake for feedings
- Has fewer than six wet diapers and three soiled diapers per day
- Has green, wateryand foul-smelling stools
- Acts hungry or fussy even after nursing
- Has trouble latching or staying latched onto the breast
- Feeds fewer than six times in 24 hours during the first month
To help you keep up with the long list of to-dos, developmental changes and safe baby practices, we've compiled a list of resources for you. Whether you have questions about "baby-proofing" your home, using car seats correctly, feeding habits or your newborn's sleeping patterns, you can find a wealth of helpful tips and tricks right here.