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If you've just welcomed a new arrival, you may feel overwhelmed. Check out this sanity-saving advice.
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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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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Is your baby constantly crying? It can certainly make you crazy like many other parents. Check out this video for tips on how to soothe your baby in detail.
Transcript: A constantly crying little one is enough to send even the most patient parent over the edge! Here, how...
A constantly crying little one is enough to send even the most patient parent over the edge! Here, how to calm YOUR baby quickly. Because crying is your babys only way of communication, it can pretty much happen anytime your infant wants to tell you something, or even for no reason at all. As a parent, your job is to decode this message as quickly as possible to stop the sobs. Luckily, youll soon be able to anticipate your babys needs and read her cues. In the meantime, start by searching for obvious reasons for tears. Is your newborn hungry? If its been awhile since feeding-time, or if your baby is reaching for your breast, the answer is probably yes. If food isnt cutting it, check your babys diaper to be sure he doesnt need to be changed. If neither of these obvious methods work, verify that there is nothing that might be making your baby uncomfortable. Newborns usually need one more layer of clothing than adults, so your baby could be cold, particularly if you just bathed or changed your little one. Even something as minute as a scratchy tag could be cause for tears, so check to ensure that nothing is poking your infant. If the screams continue, your little one may just want to be held. Newborns need a lot of contact with warm, loving bodies. Try carrying your infant, massaging your little ones body, or holding your baby close to your heart so your infant can feel your hearts familiar and restful beat. Your voice, which your baby has known since before being born, is another great way to calm tears. Sing a lullaby, or narrate your day. Infants also find motion calming, so sit in a rocking chair with your baby or put your little one in the stroller and rock it back and forth. If you need a break, this is the perfect time to enlist the support of a mechanical swing! Of course, you already know that one of your babys most soothing skills is sucking, and that may be all thats needed for your little one to calm down. Offer your baby a pacifier, or even your finger, and let your infant go to town. If none of these soothing tricks work, it may be possible that your baby is ill. Take your childs temperature to be certain, and remember that its absolutely OK to call the doctor if youre concerned.More »
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In order to help your baby let out gas, it is important to learn how to burp your baby. Watch this video to learn different methods.
Transcript: You already know that there's nothing more uncomfortable-or embarrassing-than gas. And while your baby...
You already know that there's nothing more uncomfortable-or embarrassing-than gas. And while your baby doesn't know about humiliation yet, she is familiar with discomfort. Babies swallow a great deal of air when they eat. This trapped air can lead to gas, an upset tummy, and spitting up. For this reason, burping your baby is one of the easiest ways to ensure comfort and happiness. To burp your little one, it's important to keep your baby upright, in turn allowing trapped air to escape. Additionally, you need to ensure that you apply gentle pressure to your baby's chest as you pat the back with a firm hand. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is to hold your baby sitting up in your lap or across your knee. Cradle your baby's chin using the palm of one hand and rest the heel of that hand on the chest. Then, use your free hand to pat your baby's back firmly. Or you can try laying your baby-belly side down-on your lap. Be sure that your baby's head is higher than his chest before burping in this position. You can also burp your baby by holding your infant against your chest, with your little one's chin resting on your shoulder. Support your baby's head with one hand and use your other to burp. While you're feeding, your baby may let you know when it's time to burp by fussing or looking pained. Even if your baby seems fine, if you're breastfeeding, try to burp your infant whenever you switch breasts. If you're using formula, burp your little one for every two to three ounces of fluid consumed. Remember that your baby may spit up, so be sure to protect your clothing with a burping cloth during this exercise! Now give YOURSELF a pat on the back-you've passed burping 101!More »
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It is extremely important for newborn babies to get their essential vitamins. Watch this video about the importance of infant vitamins.
Transcript: While your newborn is eating up a storm, there are SOME vitamins and minerals that your little one may...
While your newborn is eating up a storm, there are SOME vitamins and minerals that your little one may not be getting enough of. Before your infant's sixth month, she's probably consuming only formula or breast milk, BOTH of which provide the majority of vitamins and minerals she needs. But there are three nutrients your baby may NOT be getting enough of: Vitamin D, iron, and fluoride. Vitamin D is a nutrient that our bodies make following exposure to sunlight. We also get it from the foods we eat. Small infants, however, should never be in direct sunlight, and therefore cannot produce sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. The bad news is that they can't get enough from you either, as Vitamin D is one of the only nutrients that is NOT passed in adequate amounts from mother to child through breast milk. Because a Vitamin D-deficiency can lead to a bone disease called rickets, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving your baby daily "D" supplements, starting at age 2 months. Aim for 200 IUs of Vitamin D a day from a supplement like Gerber Vitamin Drops or Tri-Vi-Sol. Tri-Vi-Sol Drops are a particularly popular choice because they offer up Vitamins A and C, along with that daily dose of Vitamin D. Plus, the Tri-Vi-Sol formula is available fortified with iron. Iron is vital for a growing baby, because it is a key component of hemoglobin, which keeps oxygen flowing smoothly through the body. Most babies are born with plenty of iron to last them about six months, at which point they start to consume the nutrient through food, like fortified cereal. But because most of an infant's iron stores are made during the last months in the womb, a premature baby may need a doctor-specified iron supplement. And just as your baby's body needs iron, a baby's teeth need fluoride. This mineral is necessary in children older than six months, as it helps strengthen teeth, and encourages them to grow. Most babies get plenty of fluoride from tap water, but infants who drink bottled or well water may require a fluoride supplement. Fluoride drops are available only by prescription, so talk to your pediatrician if you're concerned. In fact, talk to the doctor if you're concerned about ANY vitamins or minerals in your baby's diet. You'll be glad for the peace of mind!More »
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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 »
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Every parent is aware of the importance of baby pacifiers. Though these are quite helpful when the baby is fussy, they can pose a number of risks as well. Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: As a new parent, comforting your baby is one of your highest priorities, so you might wonder: is it ok...
As a new parent, comforting your baby is one of your highest priorities, so you might wonder: is it ok to help soothe a cranky infant with a pacifier? You may find that using a pacifier or binky with your baby is very helpful, especially when your infant is fussy. For instance, if she wants to suck, even after she's had her fill of breast milk or formula, a pacifier might be the perfect thing! It's important to note that a binky is NOT a substitute for nurturing or feeding, but if you've fed, burped, cuddled, rocked, and played with your little one and she's STILL fussy, a pacifier may help. After all, it's not called a "pacifier" for nothing! There's another benefit to using a pacifier, too. Studies have shown that babies who use pacifiers at bedtime and naptime have a reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. These studies don't show that the pacifier ITSELF prevents SIDS, just that there's a strong correlation between using a pacifier and a reduced INCIDENCE of SIDS. There ARE some potential downsides, however, to pacifier or binky use. Pacifier use may increase the risk of middle ear infections in babies and young children. In one study, the incidence of ear infections was 33% lower in babies who didn't use pacifiers. Since the risk of these infections is generally lower in young babies, you may find that using a pacifier until your baby's 6 months, when her desire to suck is strongest, and then weaning thereafter, may work perfectly for you! If you're breastfeeding your baby, you'll want to WAIT to offer a binky until your baby's a proficient nurser. Sucking on a pacifier and sucking on a breast are different actions, and babies who are offered a pacifier BEFORE they become adept at nursing can sometimes experience nipple confusion, which can interfere with successful breastfeeding. The AAP, or American Academy of Pediatrics, suggests that you wait until your baby has learned to latch on, suck well and that your milk supply be well established before offering a pacifier. Your little one's 1-month birthday should be about right! Here are some tips to successful pacifier use! Take care not to overuse the pacifier to help avoid overdependence. If you do decide to use a pacifier, make sure NOT to use it as a substitute for feeding. Offer the pacifier between feedings when you know your baby isn't hungry. When your baby is fussy, try to use other comforting techniques before offering the pacifier. And NEVER tie a pacifier around your baby's neck as your little one could CHOKE and even STRANGLE herself on it! Make sure to take care of the pacifier, keep it clean, and replace it when it begins to show signs of wear. If you follow these few simple rules, you and your baby will enjoy the peaceful effects of the pacifier!More »
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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 »
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Do you know swaddling your newborn is one of the best things you can do to make her feel safe and secure? Watch this video to learn how to swaddle a baby.
Transcript: Swaddling your baby isn't new-even Jesus was famously wrapped in swaddling blankets at birth! But why...
Swaddling your baby isn't new-even Jesus was famously wrapped in swaddling blankets at birth! But why swaddle at all? The act of swaddling, or wrapping an infant, from neck to toes in a cozy blanket, is one of the most effective ways to comfort a newborn in the first weeks of life. Because it's a warm, snug environment, a swaddle will remind your infant of the womb, a place that's still serenely familiar to your little one. Swaddling is also useful to ensure a young baby isn't disturbed or scratched due to the tendency to wave his arms and startle himself. Although swaddling is a great comforting tool, your baby will start to move more during sleep after the first month or so, and swaddling may lose its usefulness. Also, keep in mind that sudden infant death syndrome has been linked to overdressing and overheating an infant.If you'd like to try swaddling your own newborn, make sure you do so when your little one is not wet, hungry, or too tired. To start, fold the right hand corner of a receiving blanket down about six inches. Place your baby on the blanket, on your infant's back, with the head above the edge of the fold. Then, pull the side near your baby's left hand firmly across the body, tucking this edge under your baby's back on the right side. Pull the bottom corner of the blanket up under your baby's chin. Then, bring the loose corner over your baby's right arm, and tuck it under the back on the left side. Some babies prefer to have their arms free, and if yours is one of them, just tuck the blankets under at the chest. Or, try a special swaddling blanket, like SwaddleMe, Majamas, or Kiddopotamus, which feature Velcro tabs to make swaddling a cinch. Once you get the hang of swaddling, your newborn-and you-will be able to enjoy more relaxed moments in the chaotic weeks after birth.More »
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Every new parent knows that getting your baby to sleep can be a challenge. However, it doesn’t have to be. Learn more about this by watching this video.
Transcript: "People who say they sleep like a baby probably don't have one." If this sounds all too familiar, take...
"People who say they sleep like a baby probably don't have one." If this sounds all too familiar, take heart. You CAN win the newborn sleep struggle. The trick to getting ANY baby to sleep is to perfect a comfortable environment and to create a soothing bedtime routine. When setting up sleepy surroundings for your baby, maintain a temperature that is just on the cool side of comfortable. Even if your newborn sleeps better swaddled in blankets, make sure they're light ones so that your baby doesn't overheat. You'll know if the climate is appropriate by feeling your baby's neck. If it's sweaty, lose a layer, and if it's cool to your touch, add one. Some babies sleep best in a completely quiet room, but most prefer gentle background noises which may remind them of the sounds in the womb. Try the consistent hum of a fan - which will also help regulate the temperature! - or a sound machine that produces rhythmic noises. Meanwhile, it's NEVER too early to establish your baby's bedtime routine. To do it, pick a series of two to four calming activities pre-bed. Some super soothers include soft lullabies, a repetitive bedtime story, a small pre-bed feeding, a gentle cuddle, a bath, or time spent in a rocking chair. Whichever activities you choose, do them consistently before sleep, and you'll find your baby's internal clock responding. Remember though, that the trick behind a bedtime routine is to make your baby sleepy, NOT to make your little one fall asleep. In fact, you should put your baby down at the point where he or she is definitely drowsy, but hasn't dozed off yet. The reason for this is that you'll teach your baby to drift off on his own accord, WITHOUT relying on you to make him fall asleep. Hanging a mobile you're your baby's bed or adding a nightlight to nursery room may help smooth the transition from your arms to sleep. Once your baby drifts off to dreamland, expect your little one to stay there for two to three hours if your baby is younger than three months. Newborns will then wake and need to be fed, as their tiny tummies can't stay full for long. By your infant reaches 12 weeks, however, your baby may be able to sleep for five to six hours without a feeding. To encourage this, wait a few minutes before going to a crying infant in the night. Your baby may go back to sleep without your help. If you can't resist getting up to comfort your crier, avoid feeding your baby immediately, as this encourages the midnight snack habit. To further encourage all-night sleeping, don't change your baby's diaper in the middle of the night unless it's really soiled. Instead, put a heavy-duty nighttime diaper on your baby before you put your little one down. If you stick to your nighttime rituals, your soothing environment and your guns, you'll soon find that you've got a star sleeper!More »
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Changing a baby's diaper is more than keeping your baby clean. It's important to know what to check for on your baby's bottom, plus other hygiene tips. Watch this video for everything you need to know about dealing with diapers.
Transcript: If you're anything like most parents, diaper duty won't be your favorite chore. But you gotta do what...
If you're anything like most parents, diaper duty won't be your favorite chore. But you gotta do what you gotta do, and these tips will help. When it's time to change your infant, always start by washing your hands-even if it's just with a hand sanitizer like Purell, or a baby wipe. Ensure that you have everything you'll need, like a clean diaper, wipes, ointment AND a change of clothes. Unfasten your baby's diaper tabs and-if you have a son-avoid a surprise shower by quickly covering his penis with a cloth. Then, fasten the tabs back on themselves so they don't stick to your baby, and fold the dirty diaper under him. Lift your baby's legs by using one hand to hold both ankles. Now, use a wipe to thoroughly clean your baby's genitals and backside. If you have a girl, remember to always wipe front to back to keep bacteria away from her vagina. If you have a newly circumcised boy, follow your doctor's instructions to care for his healing penis. This will probably mean using Vaseline and a gauze barrier on the penis's tip for a few days after the procedure. When you change an uncircumcised boy, you may notice whitish discharge, called smegma, on his penis. This is completely normal, and is simply a collection of old cells which have been shed from under your baby's foreskin. No matter your baby's sex, you should now swap the clean diaper for the dirty one, ensuring that the tabs go under your baby's rear. If your child suffers from diaper rash, apply a barrier ointment, like petroleum or white zinc oxide, to the irritated area. If your baby has especially delicate skin or is prone to rash, you can also apply ointment or plain petroleum jelly as a precautionary measure. If you prefer using powder, shake the canister's contents into your hands and apply, instead of directly putting the powder on your baby. Finish by pulling the diaper up between your baby's legs, then fastening it using the adhesive tabs. Diapers aren't foolproof, so if your baby's clothes are even lightly soiled, you should change them now to help prevent diaper rash. Once your baby is clean, re-tape the soiled diaper around its contents, and drop it in a diaper genie. When you dispose of a diaper in this manner, the soiled garment is sealed with a scented film to keep germs OUT and smell IN. At last, you're done with diaper duty-for an hour or two anyway!More »
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Baby poop is affected by what you feed your baby. Watch our video to learn about what’s normal and when it’s time to consult your pediatrician.
Transcript: What goes in must come out, so expect frequent bowel movements from your constantly eating newborn! Here,...
What goes in must come out, so expect frequent bowel movements from your constantly eating newborn! Here, the scoop on baby poop. Immediately after your little one is born, he or she will pass a tarry substance that is thick and dark green or black in color. Known as meconium, this is simply your infant's intestines engaging in a post-birth cleanse. Expect four to six meconium stools spread out over your baby's first two to three days of life. After this point, stool quality will stem directly from what your baby's eating. While every baby is different, most start to fill their diapers with poop that's not wholly unpleasant smelling and which ranges in color from yellow to green to brown. If you're breastfeeding exclusively, expect to see poop that is loose in texture, often with a seedy or cottage-cheese like texture. Formula-fed babies may have slightly thicker poop, so if you're on diaper duty, expect to see something with a consistency similar to peanut butter. Later on, when you begin to feed your baby solid foods, you'll notice that stools become harder, smellier and generally more like yours. Whatever you're feeding your baby, expect poop anywhere from once a day to once after EVERY feeding! Both ends of the spectrum are normal, although it's common for formula-fed infants to poop less frequently than their breastfed counterparts. If, however, you notice that your baby's stools suddenly decrease OR increase dramatically, or if they become very watery OR hard, make an appointment with the pediatrician. Your little one may be constipated, or have an infection, or food intolerance to something you're passing through your breast milk. In general, it's important to realize that there is no "normal," baby poop pattern. As long as your little one seems happy, comfortable and content, the rule of thumb is that his or her poop is perfect!More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-27 | Tags »
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