As a new mom, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed. But don’t stress! These survival tips for new moms with newborn babies will help you get ready.
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What are the basic needs for a newborn baby?
Everyone knows babies need diaper changes, feedings, and sufficient sleep, while the mom lacks in just about everything! The trick is how to best meet those basic needs.
Survival Tips For Diaper Changes
- Get prepared for countless diaper changes by stocking up on diapers before giving birth.
- Be a team. When your baby is ready to eat at night, have your partner change the diaper before you take over for feeding. This will give you a bit more time to get situated instead of handling an upset baby and a stinky diaper at the same time.
- Minimize cleanup by placing sheets and waterproof mattress covers where the baby sleeps so that diaper explosions are easier to deal with.
Survival Tips for Feeding
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- The benefits of breastfeeding are shared widely across the internet. For some moms, breastfeeding just isn’t in the cards. For those that still want to try to give their baby breastmilk, you can try pumping and use the breast milk for bottle feedings.
- Breastfeeding can be hard so it helps to have support. Find a good lactation consultant or experienced friend to guide you.
- If your baby is having trouble latching, try using breast shields.
- Make night feedings a bit easier by thinking ahead. As soon as one feeding is over, begin putting everything in place for the subsequent feeding.
- Don’t let your baby fall asleep while breastfeeding, otherwise she might get hungry and wake up sooner. If you notice your baby slowing down, a gentle massage on the cheek will keep your baby awake and feeding until full.
Tips for Sleeping
- Don’t tiptoe around when your baby naps during the day. Go about your business as normal so that she can learn how to sleep through the familiar sounds of home.
- Safety should be a top priority when setting up your baby’s sleeping space. Don’t keep toys, blankets, or pillows in the crib, as these could interfere with your baby’s ability to breathe.
- If you want to keep your newborn as close as possible, start with a bassinet instead of a crib. A bassinet can sit right next to the bed.
- When you are ready to put your baby in a crib, look for one with fixed side rails that have no more than 2 ⅜ in. of space between poles.
- Whether in a crib or a bassinet, remember to lay your baby to sleep on her back to prevent SIDS.
How often should a newborn feed?
There is no need to follow a predetermined schedule but you can expect to feed your newborn about every 1 ½ to 3 hours. Feed her when she gets hungry and don’t let her go longer than 4 hours without feeding.
For the first month, eight to twelve feedings each day is normal. By the second month, that amount will probably decrease to seven to nine times per day.
These frequent feedings will help increase milk supply, as the constant demand for milk signals your body to make more of it.
How do you know your baby is hungry? Since crying isn’t necessarily a sign of hunger, how is a new mom supposed to tell?
When your baby keeps opening her mouth, sticking out her tongue, putting her hands inside her mouth, or puckering her lips, she is probably hungry and needs to be fed.
What do newborn babies wear?
There are tons of cute baby clothes on the market, but being practical trumps being fashionable when your baby is a newborn.
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Onesies are perfect for newborns. They provide coverage, stay in place, and snap at the bottom for quick and easy diaper changes. Make sure you have plenty on hand.
For extra warmth, consider footies, pants with feet. No more lost socks!
- Hats prevent heat from escaping through the baby’s head. They are great for winter time.
- Mittens help keep babies warm, but they also protect babies from scratching themselves. Some onesies have built in mittens. Or an extra pair of socks will work in a pinch!
- A blanket keeps your baby nice and cozy while in the stroller, nursing, or being carried around in cool weather.
Should newborns wear socks to bed?
Don’t assume your baby is cold. Feel the temperature of the room, then ask yourself if you need socks. If the answer is yes, your baby probably does too.
A greater concern is letting your baby get too warm. Keep checking the temperature of your baby’s sleeping room to make sure it doesn’t get stuffy. You can also feel your baby for warmth.
Learning how to care for your newborn may seem overwhelming at first, but these survival tips for new moms with newborn babies will make it easier.