With a newborn baby in the house, it is not uncommon for parents to have a million questions. They often don’t want to ask these questions to anyone for the fear of being judged or laughed at. But they are genuine concerns after all - you wouldn’t want to make any mistakes when it comes to babies.
So, here is a list of the most commonly asked questions by new parents:
Q1. How many diaper changes is normal?
On an average, babies go through around 10 diaper changes in a single day. Any less than 8 diapers could mean that they are not being fed enough or that they are constipated. More than 13 diaper changes could indicate that they are being overfed or that they have an infection. Either way, make note of other changes and keep your doctor informed about any unusual changes - rise in temperature, red-faced, crying uncontrollably or tiredness.
Q2. What is a healthy colour for baby poop?
Believe it or not, babies can produce a spectrum of colours with their poop. Newborns have poop that is a blackish green colour and will be tar-like and sticky. Breastfed babies would have poop that is mustard yellow or even green or brown in colour. Formula fed babies will have yellow or brown poop. You would notice that their poop is runny or soft. Any other colour could indicate that there is a problem that needs to be reported to the doctor.
Q3. How to bond with my baby?
When you first bring your baby home, you will have to be with the baby 24/7. The newborn baby should always be within reach and view of at least one adult at all times. But if you really want to bond with your baby, you should be the one to be around your baby at all times. Hold your baby close to your body for most of the day. Using a baby carrier will enable you to carry them around while you run errands.
Q4. When can I take my baby outside?
This is a question that so many parents ask and there is no reason for them to worry about it. Unless your doctor specifically asked you to put a hold on taking your baby out for a while (often in case of preterm babies), you can take your baby outside as long as you feel comfortable doing so.
Q5. Will I ever get a good night’s rest?
Yes, the first few months with a newborn are going to cause a number of sleepless nights. But soon enough, you will be able to train your baby to sleep through the night. It is going to take a lot of patience to finally get them to follow a sleep schedule but it will be worth it. Until then, try to follow the “sleep while your baby sleeps” trick.
Q6. Should I wake a sleeping baby to feed him/her?
For newborn babies, it is important to feed them every 2-3 hours. So, if your baby falls asleep, you should wake them for a feeding, burp them and then put them back to sleep.
Q7. How long is it ok for a baby to cry?
The most common causes for a baby to cry are when they are tired, hungry, wet, cold, warm, uncomfortable, scared or need a diaper change. They could also cry when they have an infection and a fever, digestion problems or when they start teething.
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