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Being a first-time parent is overwhelming. There is no question about it. You are now responsible for this tiny human life, and you’ve got all of those new parent questions. She can’t tell you why she’s crying all the time. She can’t speak up if it’s uncomfortable, if it tastes funny, or if she’s still hungry. You, as a new mom or dad are so tired that you can’t tell left from right most of the time, yet alone whether or not those dots on her chest is a rash or just baby acne. You have so many questions all the time and you only get to talk to your baby’s pediatrician once every few weeks. Google becomes the only friend you have had coffee with in weeks, and you have so many questions for him! Here are some of the answers I found while asking my best friend – Google.
1. When can I stop waking my baby every 3 hours for a feed?
When Baby has regained their birth weight and is continuing to gain weight and grow.
2. Why do babies have to sleep on their back?
Studies have shown that putting baby to sleep on her back decreases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The exact reasoning for these findings is unknown, but it is believed to be related to babies getting less oxygen while sleeping on their stomachs or sides or baby “re-breathing” the air from a small pocket in the blanket or sheets, causing her to inhale the carbon dioxide she just exhaled.
3. How do I clean my baby’s umbilical cord?
After bath time, take a Q-tip (cotton swab) to dry the area and swipe away all the gunk. Start by gently cleaning the base of the cord, then surrounding area. You can even use a clean cloth to hold the stump and dry it completely.
4. When will my baby’s umbilical cord fall off?
Around 2-3 weeks. It will dry up, shrivel, and eventually fall off. If it is hanging by a thread, DO NOT, I say again DO NOT pull it off. Simply wait until it falls off on its own.
5. Why does my baby get hiccups?
Baby hiccups are completely natural and do not hurt like adult hiccups can. Some believe hiccups can be caused by over feeding or by gas and suggest stopping feedings to burp more often, and suggest feeding twice as often and half as much. Experts suggest that if your child’s hiccups are uncontrollable, happen very frequently, or occur often after age 1, talk to your child’s doctor. Unusual hiccups can – in very rare cases – be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition
6. How can I tell if my baby is a comfortable temperature?
Baby’s room should be 16-20 degrees C (61-68 degrees F.) which may feel cold for some of us (me included) but research has shown that this is the range in which babies are most comfortable.
When taking baby’s temperature, normal temperature for babys and children is about 36.4C (97.5F) which may vary child to child. Fever temperature is 38C (100.4F) or above.
According to BabyCenter: “In the early months of life, most babies have difficulty maintaining the appropriate body temperature. Because babies can easily become too hot or cold, you’ll need to help them stay comfortable by using the following guidelines: If your baby is sleeping comfortably and feeding well, and is calm and not too cranky, then she’s probably the appropriate temperature. You can also check to make sure that her extremities — her hands, feet, and head — are neither hot nor cold to the touch. As a rule of thumb, an infant needs one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear at the same temperature.”
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7. When can I cut my baby’s nails?
Babies nails can be freakishly long at birth, and it can be very tempting to cut them early on, but experts suggest holding off for a week or two, since baby nails are so soft. If you notice baby is scratching her face or body due to her long nails, you can either cover them using non-scratch mittens or you can use a nail file to shorten them.
8. When do babies develop tears?
Between 1 and 3 months, and it will break your heart. If your little one has tears when he/she is not crying, he/she may have a blocked tear duct.
9. When should I start to regulate my baby’s feeding schedule?
As early as you’d like. Keep in mind that your baby’s needs will change as he gets older. In the first few weeks, baby will need to eat every 2-3 hours and sleep 17-19 hours a day, whereas when your baby is 3 months old, he may be sleeping through the night, eating every 4 hours and sleeping 4-5 hours during the day.
10. My baby has a bruise-like-mark on the bridge of her nose – What is it?
I asked this new parent question to my daughters pediatrician. In most cases, it’s not a bruise. It’s a vein, commonly known as a Sugar Bug.
According to healthconnections.weebly.com “the blue vein across the bridge of the nose: “Sugar Bug,” or in Japanese, “Kanmushi” – a syndrome in Japanese medicine. Sugar Bug babies may cry more, have more issues with sleep. These children have a propensity to more temper tantrums and potentially attention and hyperactivity issues when they get older if proper care is not taken to divert this tendency along the way.”
Personally, I do not believe this, as my baby girl has the “Sugar Bug” and is a very happy, content little girl.
11. When should I start reading to my baby?
Immediately! Studies have shown that reading to your newborn help them develop learning skills, and listening to the sound of your voice stimulates their brain. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with baby. Dolly Parton started an amazing program called the Imagination Library, where your baby gets 1 free book sent to them per month until the age of 5.
12. When do babies sleep through the night?
This is one of the more popular of all the new parent questions, and it is very dependent on your child. Majority of babies will sleep through the night around 6 months, whereas some others may be sleeping through at 2 months, and some others at the age of 1.
13. How do I play with a newborn?
At the newborn stage, babies need more sleep than stimulation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play with them. Try turning on some soothing lullaby’s and sway back and forth while holding your baby. Singing to your baby is a great way to bond and making funny faces and sticking your tongue out at your baby is excellent for your baby to study, learn and eventually imitate. See How to Play with a Newborn (0-3m) for more information.
14. Do I need to give my baby any vitamins?
“In most cases, breast milk or formula provides just about everything a baby needs for the first four to six months. The exception is vitamin D, which is recommended as a supplement for breastfed babies and babies who drink less than 32 ounces of formula per day” – BabyCenter.com
That being said, it never hurts to give your baby Vitamin D, especially if you live in an area with a lot of cloud cover.
15. How much should my baby be eating?
Another of the more popular new parent questions. Here is an infographic to help you out: This is just a guide, every baby is different. If you have concerns about your baby’s eating, contact your pediatrician.
Don’t worry, we’ve all asked these new parent questions!