Newborn Care

It’s common to feel unprepared if you are having your first baby. Taking a newborn care class during your pregnancy can help to prepare you for the real thing. During your hospital stay, don’t hesitate to ask the nurses for help with basic baby care. Before discharge, make sure you — and your partner — are comfortable with these newborn care basics:

Handling a newborn, including supporting your baby’s neck

Changing your baby’s diaper

Bathing your baby

Dressing your baby

Swaddling your baby

Feeding and burping your baby

Cleaning the umbilical cord

Caring for a healing circumcision

Using a bulb syringe to clear your baby’s nasal passages

Taking a newborn’s temperature

Tips for soothing your baby

Make sure you have a hospital contact to call if you have any questions or concerns.

Many first-time parents welcome the help of a family member or friend who has “been there.”

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