No matter how much you prepare, you’ll always have questions once you bring your newborn home from the hospital. Don’t worry—no one expects you to know everything. Doing your research and asking for help are both part of the parenting process. In fact, many new mothers have the same burning questions about their babies’ health and habits. Remember to always consult your pediatrician or other trusted healthcare provider when you need to. In the meantime, explore these common questions (and answers) for new mothers.
How Do We Get a Good Night’s Sleep?
The term “sleep like a baby” is misleading. Unfortunately, a full eight hours of sleep isn’t part of the new parenting process, especially during the first few months. You can expect your baby to wake up frequently throughout the night. As exhausting as it might be, this is a normal part of your infant’s sleep cycle for their first few months. However, there are a few things you can do to build healthy sleeping habits and teach your child to eventually sleep better through the night. Don’t pick your baby up at night and instead let them sleep peacefully. When your baby naps during the day, keep them in a common room surrounded by the day’s activities. This will help establish regular day and night cycles, even as your infant spends most of the day sleeping in spurts.
When Do I Call the Doctor?
It’s easy to panic over every little thing that happens to you and your baby, but some things are perfectly normal. While you should never hesitate to give your pediatrician a call if you’re concerned, it helps to know a little bit about the common ups and downs you and your baby might face.
For example, many new mothers worry when their baby develops a rash, but this is just a side effect of your baby’s skin adjusting to new conditions. Other common symptoms that are just part of the growing process are spitting up after meals or yellow or green poop. When should you actually call your doctor? Look for signs that indicate a deeper problem, such as an inability to gain weight, a fever, or excess sleeping problems.
What’s the Deal With Breastfeeding?
Is breastfeeding necessary? How long should you breastfeed your infant? These and other questions about breastfeeding are among the most common questions for new mothers. Expert pediatricians recommend feeding your child exclusively through breastfeeding for the first six months, then feeding them both breastmilk and other foods for at least six months after that. At the end of the day, though, whether you breastfeed and how long you do so depends on you and your baby. Remember that your comfort level and the baby’s health are what matter most. No matter what you choose, talk to your doctor and work out a plan to make sure you and your baby are both comfortable and healthy.