Congratulations on becoming parents. You are about to experience wonderment and excitement as well as frustrations and challenges. There will be days when you are unsure. Our goal is to help you build confidence in your abilities as parents.
This booklet will provide some basic information to help care for your child. It is not a substitute for common sense or regular visits to your doctor. We recommend that you refer to it often rather than relying on the advice of neighbors or relatives. With guidance and experience, you will develop more confidence in your own abilities so you can relax and enjoy your baby. Given time, patience, and flexibility, all of this will come together.
Care of the Newborn
We will visit your baby in the hospital on the first day of life for a thorough check-up. The baby must be able to satisfactorily eat, urinate and stool prior to discharge from the hospital.
The newborn is remarkably adaptable to the environment. Also, remember your baby is an individual from day one. Try not to worry too much and enjoy your baby. Between sleeping and feeding, babies yawn, hiccup, burp, pass gas, cry, and may even startle easily. Everybody will want to see and touch your baby. Make sure they wash their hands and try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Weight Loss - All babies lose 10% of their birth weight in the first week. This is normal.
- Bathing - Sponge bathe your baby every day after he is home from the hospital. You may use baby soap or plain water. After the umbilical cord is off, you may give the first tub bath. Then you may bathe your child every day. Be sure to wash the diaper area with water after stooling and pat the bottom dry - this will prevent rashes.