Most of us are waiting with baited breath for our little one to arrive; the rest of us are scared silly (myself included). Regardless, your little bundle of joy will be here before you know it. That’s when the real fun begins!
For first time (or second or third time) moms, questions about your baby’s well-being will arise. Not to fret. We’re here with answers to some of the most frequently asked baby questions.
How much should my baby sleep?
- Every baby is different and only your health care provider can determine what’s best for your wee one. Caregivers often recommend 16 hour of sleep a day on average. When they say average, they mean some babies sleep more, some less. If you’re concerned about you baby’s sleep, check with your health care provider.
- Speaking of sleep, make sure you sleep! The old adage of sleep when your baby sleeps has been around so long for a reason. It’s true. So, sleep!
How often should I bathe my baby?
- Bathe your baby as often as you feel necessary, but don’t overdo it. Their sensitive skin can get irritated easily and it’s not like he’s been out working in the yard all day. You can always opt to wipe them down with a damp washcloth.
- Yes, your baby will poop a lot. They’re eating, sleeping, and pooping machines the first few weeks. However, if you’re ever concerned about their bowel movement, check with your health care provider.
What do I need to do for myself?
- Taking care of yourself is often overlooked, but it’s SO important. Remember to be realistic. You don’t need to be super woman (and you don’t want to be anyway – she’s boring). Ask for and accept help. We know this is easier said than done sometimes, but it really will help.
- Eat often and well. Make sure you’re getting enough healthy calories. You need energy to take care of your newborn.
- Get some fresh air. Step outside and smell the roses, literally! A little sunshine and fresh air will do you good.
- Although it may seem impossible, try to relax. Yes, we said the ‘r’ word. But, please, try and relax!
These are just the tip of the iceberg as far as baby questions are concerned. To find out more of what to expect from your baby, be sure to sign up for our newsletter. We provide helpful tips and tricks that relate to you and your newborn baby as your pregnancy progresses.
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*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.