Becoming a new parent can be an overwhelming experience. It’s a beautiful experience in every way. But caring for an infant can be challenging. Being responsible for a little human being, who is completely dependent on you is a tough job when your baby is up, literally all night, wanting to be held, leaving you exhausted and confused as to what you should do.
From midnight calls to frequent emails, pediatricians and care providers have heard every possible question from anxious new parents. The first few months of life are critical to your baby’s health, so it’s perfectly natural to be worried. Just don’t allow those fears to prevent you from experiencing the joys of your newborn’s first everything.
Is My Baby Crying Too Much?
All babies go through a period of normal development marked by extensive crying that is often referred to as colic. This period can begin at two weeks and last up to five months. When your baby behaves this way, it’s important to try to remain calm. If it’s okay to do so, walk away for a few minutes. Sometimes babies cry just because they need to get energy out.
How Often Should My Baby Be Eating?
If it’s possible for you to breast-feed, breast milk is the best food for babies. Expect your newborn to feed up to 12 times a day, or about every two hours. It’s pretty much whenever a baby seems hungry, that moms should be nursing. Don’t try to limit their food. Feeding can last anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes on each side. Wait until your baby is at least 6 months old before switching to solid foods.
What’s The Best Way To Burp My Newborn?
Parents can burp their child after feeding by placing the baby over their shoulder so she is lying on her stomach on your chest. Lightly pat her back to help the bubbles come up. Alternatively, if parents are able, they can sit their baby in their lap and place their hands so that one supports the baby’s chest and the other pats her back. Both ways work well, just make sure that the head is supported well.
What Is Normal Sleeping?
If your baby is growing well, it’s fine to let him sleep and wake up naturally. But since newborns always lose some weight after birth, parents need to help them regain weight, which is why it is so important to feed often. Once your baby has caught up to his birth weight, he can sleep for up to four hours at a time. If you are worried your baby isn’t gaining enough, it may help to wake him more frequently to feed in the first few weeks.
Am I Soothing My Baby For Too Long?
If your infant is going through a developmental growth spurt, like learning to crawl, the baby may be too excited about practicing her new skill to quickly fall back asleep. Be firm about the fact that nighttime is not the time to play. If your baby is chatting and cooing, ignore her. But if she’s crying, your baby may be experiencing separation anxiety, which usually comes with new motor development. When this happens more than 30 minutes before her typical wake-up time, soothe her for a few minutes, tell her you’ll see her soon, then leave the room.
Should I Wait For Baby To Fall Asleep Before I Put Her Down?
You want your baby to learn the skills to fall asleep on her own, and the only way she will do that is if you allow her, by putting her down awake. Parents that sneak their babies quietly in their cribs after they have rocked or nursed them to sleep, usually have babies that wake frequently at night. This is because that baby has no idea how to fall back asleep on her own.
Can I Take My Newborn Outside?
Pediatricians encourage parents to take their babies for walks outside to get fresh air. Having them playing on a blanket outside allows them to experience all the sights and sounds and is good for development. Just make sure that your baby is appropriately dressed. A good rule of thumb is to dress your baby in one more layer than you would wear in both warm and cold weather. Babies younger than 6 months shouldn’t wear sunscreen, so it’s best to avoid the peak hours of sunlight.