Newborn Baby Basics - SBH Health System
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Being a new parent can be both exciting and intimidating. Knowing what to expect from your newborn can help ease the anxiety. The following are some useful information for your baby’s most important needs.

DIET

  • Babies drink approximately 2-3 ounces every 2-3 hours.
  • Burp your baby after every feeding, keep him up for at least 15 minutes and then put him in his crib. This will prevent vomiting. Do not prop the bottle.
  • If you are giving formula, don’t heat the bottle in the microwave. Your baby might burn his mouth and the milk may go bad.
  • Don’t combine milk with water or baby food.

SLEEP

  • Babies have weak necks and cannot hold their heads up. Always put your baby on his back to sleep.
  • The surface where your baby is sleeping should be hard. Avoid using soft blankets underneath or over the baby, as well as pillows and stuffed animals.
  • Babies should be sleeping alone; co-sleeping with an adult and/or exposure to smoking can increase the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (smothering/asphyxia).
  • Do “tummy time.” Place your baby on his belly while you’re watching him.

RED FLAGS

  • Fever (measured rectally) higher than 100.4 F.
  • Breathing hard with face turning blue.
  • Frequent vomiting, besides spitting up.
  • Redness, oozing, foul-smelling liquid from the umbilical cord

YOU

  • Use the help from other family members.
  • Try to rest while the baby sleeps.
  • Spend time alone with your older kids as well as teach them the safe ways to help you with the baby.
  • If you feel sad, or insecure with the care of your baby, please let your doctor know