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Learning how to care for a newborn takes a little time and practice. What are the best ways to help your baby to burp after eating? How can you quickly diaper a squirming infant? Learn all the burping, bathing and bathroom basics here.
Transcript: A word of comfort to new moms and dads: You WILL figure this out! Newborns are a lot of work, but knowing...
A word of comfort to new moms and dads: You WILL figure this out! Newborns are a lot of work, but knowing some baby basics will help. Of course, one of your more unpleasant (and frequent!) jobs will be diaper duty. This isn't hard and will become second nature in no time. Before you start, be sure that you have everything you need at your fingertips. That means diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash ointment, and a change of clothes (just in case!) Lie your baby down and open the diaper. Parents with boys, watch out for that penis! Keep it covered with a cloth when he's undressed to avoid a spray surprise. Now fold over the diaper so that the clean side touches your baby's bottom. Lift your baby's legs and wipe the area well. If you have a girl, wipe her from front to back to keep her vagina bacteria-free. If you have a boy, prevent leaks by quickly fastening his diaper. As you replace the dirty diaper with a clean one, remember that disposables have tabs that go in the back and wrap around to the front. So what if your baby's made a REALLY big mess in his or her diaper? Bath time! Once again, have everything you'll need handy before you begin. Ensure that the room is between 75 and 80 degrees. Because babies lose body heat very quickly, this keeps them comfortable. Use an infant tub, or the sink, until your baby can sit up unassisted. Once the sink is filled with enough water to cover your baby's bottom half, slide him or her into the tub. When washing a newborn, use soap sparingly and stick to the hands, bottom and genitals. The rest of your baby's body can be washed with water alone. If you want to shampoo, use a drop of tear-free product once a week. If you have an uncircumcised boy, it's fine to wash his penis with soap and warm water. But a circumcised boy shouldn't be bathed until his penis is healed, so stick to sponge baths for now. It seems like when babies aren't dirtying diapers, they're nursing, and feeding babies need to be burped. Burp your baby when you switch breasts, or halfway through a bottle. Remember to have a burp cloth handy in case the baby spits up! The classic burping position is to hold your baby upright, with his or head on your shoulder. Support the bottom with one hand and use the other to pat the back firmly. If this doesn't work, try placing your baby stomach side down across your lap, turning him or her sideways. Or hold your baby in a seated position, supporting the neck and chest with one hand, and patting with the other. A newborn baby is a lot of work. But take heart in knowing that every couple DOES get the hang of burping, bathing, diapers, and everything in between!More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-24 | Tags »
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Tell us how you've succeeded - or failed - at getting your baby to fall asleep, and learn what other parents have tried out, too.
Last Modified: 2012-11-29 | Tags »
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Babies can't always tell you what hurts. From bruises and bumps to head injuries and lead poisoning, you've got to learn how to react in an emergency. Take the quiz to learn what to watch out for and how to treat the pain.
Last Modified: 2011-04-01 | Tags »
If you have a new baby there are tips for new moms on how to relax. Check out this video to learn more.
Transcript: "Being a mother is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be a bit scary at first. Dr. Mom is a physician...
"Being a mother is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be a bit scary at first. Dr. Mom is a physician and has also raised two children. Here are Dr. Mom's top three tips for new mothers:First of all, she should take a deep breath and relax. Babies are not fragile, they get sick, they have rashes, they have earaches, they cry. All of which can be handled usually at home, with no unusual measures. You need to be aware that a doctor may be needed, but don't jump to the worst conclusions. Breastfeeding is really good it's nice for the mom and for the baby, but it's not absolutely the only way to feed your baby. Even if you breastfeed, it's very important to get your baby ready to take a bottle. You need the time and the flexibility that having somebody else feed your baby occasionally will allow you. The most important advice I can give new mothers is: remember you are your baby's lifeline and you need to take care of yourself. That means taking some downtime, getting some rest, getting proper nutrition, occasionally leaving the baby and entertaining yourself with a movie or a book or friends. You're still a partner, you're still a member of the social world, and you still have interests outside the house. Take care of yourself and be good to your baby."More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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Caring for your newborn is a demanding time in your life, but also a most rewarding experience. Have you been reading your baby books? Are you staying on top of your newborn's signs and cues? Find out how you compare.
Last Modified: 2011-01-18 | Tags »
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Do you know the best ways to help your baby catch some Z's? Take this quiz and pick up some pointers from our experts. Maybe you'll get more sleep too!
Last Modified: 2011-08-25 | Tags »
Can teething cause a high temperature? It could, during certain stages of teething. Learn more by watching this video.
Transcript: But getting them isn't an easy process. Because of this, many myths abound about teething. A recent...
But getting them isn't an easy process. Because of this, many myths abound about teething. A recent study at done at the Cleveland Clinic, sought to parse truth from myth. And they found that teething does NOT cause a fever over 100 degrees. There MAY be a SLIGHT rise in temperature when the teeth come through the gum, but this does not MAKE a baby ill. There ARE a few surefire signs that your little one is about to get his or her first set of choppers: an increase in drooling, gum rubbing, sucking, and biting often occur. And teething may also lead to irritability, ear rubbing, facial rash, and a decreased appetite for solid foods. But remember, teething WON'T make your baby ill. So if your infant has a temperature over 100 degrees, call your pediatrician. Your baby MAY be sick and need treatment.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-11 | Tags »
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You know to cover the electrical outlets, but what other hidden dangers put Baby at risk? Once he or she starts crawling and walking, childproofing needs soar! Test your skills and get the facts.
Last Modified: 2013-04-17 | Tags »
After your newborn reaches about four months of age, you may want to consider creating a routine to provide structure to the day. Learn how to "reprogram" your infant's internal clock with these tips and tricks for adjusting baby schedules.
Transcript: Once your baby is born, you may consider putting your little one on a schedule. But with various options,...
Once your baby is born, you may consider putting your little one on a schedule. But with various options, how to tell which type of schedule is best for you? Many parents find that getting into a regular routine or schedule with their baby makes life much easier. As a parent, you'll have a more predictable pattern for your days, and your baby will know what to expect. But experts disagree on when and how to establish a routine, or if one should do so at all. But most pediatricians say that babies are ready for a general schedule between around 4 months of age. There are several ways to create an infant schedule. One approach, known as parent-led, means that YOU set the daily agenda, which typically means creating a very specific timetable for when your baby eats, plays and sleeps. Parents who use this type of schedule seldom deviate from it, saying that timing things precisely, and being very consistent allows their baby to regulate his or her internal clock and provides the structure needed to thrive. When a baby's days are very structured and predictable, advocates of this approach say, they fall into a regular patterns more easily, and sleep through the night sooner. Parent-led schedules also make it much easier for ANY caregiver to take care of the baby EXACTLY as he or she is used to. However, The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against being TOO rigid with your baby's feeding routine, cautioning that it could possibly deprive a baby of the correct amount of food. The AAP recommends feeding babies on demand, whenever they show signs of hunger such as increased alertness and activity, mouthing or rooting. If you're baby is crying, know that it is considered by the AAP to be a "late" indicator of hunger. Parents following a baby-led schedule tend to have very loose routines. And while baby-led schedules might seem erratic, even infants who customize their own days tend to fall into fairly predictable patterns. Experts who advocate this style of parenting say baby-led schedules put the emphasis on your baby, and what he or she is communicating to you, rather than on YOUR desire for consistency, and also posit that on-demand attention fosters a secure and loving bond between parent and child. Proponents say paying such close attention to a baby's cues pays off, because parents develop an intuitive sense of what their baby needs. Some critics of this style , however, call it "one big mom give-a-thon," meaning that because you're so focused on synching up with your baby and attending to his or her every cue, you have no time or energy for yourself. Which brings us to another option, which takes components of both baby and parent led schedules, and is known as a combination schedule. With this approach, you'll set a timetable for when your baby will eat, sleep, play, and so on, and you'll generally adhere to a similar routine every day, but you'll have more flexibility than with a strictly parent-led schedule, and you'll look more to your baby's cues when deciding what to do next. For example, a nap can be pushed back if your baby doesn't seem tired yet, and a meal can be postponed if an errand takes longer than expected. Experts who advocate this approach say that combination schedules provide the consistency that babies and parents need without the hassle of a more rigid, timed-to-the-minute routine. Whatever your personal opinion, pick your scheduling method with the guidance and support of your partner, your pediatrician and, of course, your baby!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-29 | Tags »
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Giving your baby a bath might seem like a simple enough task, but you need to take a number of precautions. Find out about baby bathing in this video.
Transcript: Babies and baths; Here's what you need to know to make bath time so much fun, in a safe way! Until your...
Babies and baths; Here's what you need to know to make bath time so much fun, in a safe way! Until your little one becomes mobile and messy, your baby will only need baths two or three times a week. When bath time comes, ensure you have everything you'll need within arms reach, from baby shampoo to clean pajamas. This is vital because you should never, EVER leave your baby unsupervised in the tub, even for a second. After you gather your supplies, fill a baby bathtub or your kitchen sink with two to three inches of water. Babies are most comfortable in water that is slightly cooler than what we might enjoy ourselves so keep the temperature around 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Supporting your baby's head and neck, lower your little one into the water GRADUALLY to help her get accustomed to the experience. Once settled, pour cupfuls of water over your baby's body, a process you'll want to continue throughout the bath so your little one doesn't get cold. Using soap specifically formulated for infants, gently wash your baby's body from top to bottom and front to back, paying special attention to genitals, hands, and the folds in her arms and legs. Avoid using adult soap, as its harsher formula can irritate your baby's skin or lead to urinary tract infections. Carefully wash your baby's head with a soapy washcloth or, if she has hair, you can use a small amount of baby shampoo. Finish by rinsing her well with water and a clean washcloth. Infants can drown in as little as one inch of water, so keep a firm hand on your baby AT ALL TIMES throughout this entire process. After the bath, immediately wrap your baby in a towel, as she's extremely sensitive to temperature changes. Pat, DON'T rub, her dry and finish by applying a bit of baby lotion to any dry or irritated body parts. You may also want to use a moistened cotton ball or washcloth to clear mucous from your baby's nostrils and eyes. Now, bundle your little one off to bed and congratulate yourself on a bath swimmingly executed!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-20 | Tags »
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Baby skin is delicate and more prone to allergies than adult skin. Watch this video to learn about caring for your baby's skin.
Transcript: If you think your skin is delicate, just wait until you learn about your infant's outer layer! A baby's...
If you think your skin is delicate, just wait until you learn about your infant's outer layer! A baby's skin is thinner than an adult's, making it less resistant to infections and more prone to irritation. Because it also produces less oil, your baby's skin is more susceptible to dryness. Additionally, your infant has less melanin than you do, making your little one more prone to sunburn. To protect that delicate skin, start by cutting back on the frequency with which you bathe your baby. It may sound counterintuitive, but frequent bathing can eliminate the natural oils your baby's skin DOES produce. Between baths, just keep your little one's diaper area, hands, and face clean, by wiping them with a soft, wet cloth. When you DO bathe your little one, a quick "in and out," policy is best. Use warm, not hot, water and skip the soap. A soap-free cleanser designed for babies, is a better bet. Once your baby is out of the bath, dry the skin lightly, then immediately apply a baby-safe moisturizer. On your baby's face, use lotion very sparingly, if at all, as this skin is most delicate. To protect your baby's skin between bathing, wash every garment and blanket BEFORE you dress your little one in them. Try a gentler, made-for-baby detergent, like Dreft. Finally, be cautious when taking your baby outdoors in the sun, because adult sunscreen is too harsh for newborn skin. As an alternative, keep your baby's entire body out of direct sunlight and the stroller shade up over your little one's face. Once your baby is six months old, the risks of using sunscreen on him decrease, and it's wise to get in the daily habit of doing so. Choose a hypoallergenic, PABA-free formula with an SPF of 50 or higher, for this purpose. Most sunscreen manufacturers make baby sunscreens. While all this smart skin care might seem time consuming, the grin on your comfy baby's face should provide plenty of payoffs!More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-03 | Tags »
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Father and baby bonding is one reason to use breast pump. Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: The most common reason to pump is to ensure your baby has breast milk when the two of you are apart....
The most common reason to pump is to ensure your baby has breast milk when the two of you are apart. Pumping also allows your partner or another helper to feed your baby from a bottle, allowing you to get more uninterrupted sleep, or to perhaps take a break from baby care. Letting your partner share in the feedings can also be a good bonding experience with baby.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-02 | Tags »
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