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Newborn Delight

  • Newborns sleep for a few hours at a time.
  • A newborn can hear, see, smell, and feel every day as they grow.
  • Parents can calm down crying babies by making them feel warm, loved, and comfortable.
  • It’s important to know when and how to seek help when parents get upset or frustrated from crying babies.
  • Friends and family can help by sharing the work of caring for a newborn.

Especially for Dads

  • The physical, emotional, and financial demands of being a dad can be stressful and feel a left out since much of the intention is focused on mom and the new baby.
  • It’s important to become actively involved with your new baby by enjoying the pleasures of being a dad and contribute to the well being of your baby. Becoming more involved will help lower your stress level and strengthen your relationship with mom.
  • Have fun as you spend time talking to your new baby.
  • Provide support to older children since mom will be tired and focused more on the newborn.

Especially for Moms

  • Be aware that your body is trying to recover from pregnancy and childbirth and may experience being tired most of the time. Moms need plenty of rest to get their energy back.
  • It’s okay for mom and baby to take a nap at the same time.
  • Let friends and family help out with meals, shopping, cleaning house, caring after older children, and help caring for the newborn.
  • Don’t ignore your emotional and physical health. Know when and how to get help if needed. Having a baby can be quite overwhelming at times and if you experience any depression or loneliness then try to reach out to family, friends, a doctor, or other moms who live in the area.

The Crying Baby

  • Babies sleep for hours at a time and wake up every 2 – 4 hours a day/night. Babies tend to cry the most during the first 2 – 10 weeks of age.
  • It’s OK to comfort a crying baby in order to calm them down. Do this by gently singing, talking, swaddling, or rocking a baby to sleep. Sometimes baby just need to eat or need a fresh clean diaper.
  • Babies may continue to fuss even after you’ve tried everything to calm him/her down. It’s best to quietly hold your baby for a while or just put baby in the crib and wait for him/her to quit crying.

It’s important to remain calm and patient during a crying episode. If the crying is too much then talk to friends and family who’ve already been through this or call the pediatrician for any suggestions. Never yell, hit, or shake your baby at any time.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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