Coming Home

Welcome home! Having a new baby can be a big change, but you can do it! Try to rest when you can, and don’t be shy about asking for help when you need it.

Keeping Baby Healthy

New babies need to visit the doctor several times when they are first born.

• Your baby should see the doctor or nurse again at 3-5 days old.

Your baby will have another checkup at 2 weeks old.

Feeding Baby

You can tell your baby is getting enough to eat if she is…

• Gaining weight.

• Has 4-6 wet diapers a day by the time she is one week old.

• Has 3 or more bowel movements a day by the time she is one week old.

Sleepy Time

Your new baby will be doing a lot of sleeping. There are things you can do to keep your baby safe:

• Put your baby on his back to sleep.

• Your baby should sleep on a firm sleep surface, like a crib or bassinet, in the same room as you for the first six months.

• Keep stuffed toys and fluffy things like blankets and crib bumpers out of your baby’s sleeping area.

• Keep curtains and blind cords away from your baby’s crib.

• Make sure all caregivers know how to put your baby back to sleep.

Spending Time Together

Your baby needs attention and contact to help him feel safe, secure and loved.

• Hold, cuddle and rock your baby. Let her look at your face.

• Change your baby’s position every once in awhile.

• Talk, sing and read to your baby.

• Listen to gentle music.

• Turn off the TV. Children under two do not need to watch TV or movies.