Bringing your newborn baby home is a very special moment.
You finally get to leave the hospital and bring your precious little bundle to your family nest. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for the past nine months.
But as joyous experience it is, there might be some worries lingering in the back of your head.
“Will I be able to take care of the baby?” or “What will I do when the baby doesn’t eat/sleep/etc.?”
We all went through such doubts to some extent.
Taking care of infants is something we all learn as we go. And definitely get better at it!
Therefore even if you never held a baby before, I assure you, you will do everything that is in your power to meet the needs of your newborn.
And to help you out, I put together this list of the most informative and practical articles about newborn care. You’ll find answers to many of your questions and valuable tips that will ease your worries.
First things first
1. Make sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations. Write them down while in the hospital, because you will most likely forget half of the things they tell you.
2. Attend all the follow-up appointments and ask your nurses and doctors all the questions you might have.
3. Have your pediatrician’s phone number available. Always discuss any serious questions with her first.
4. Have a special newborn feeding/diaper chart or simple notepad available and write things down. Knowing when and how much our babies ate the last time helped us tremendously during the first few weeks. Take the guessing out of the game.
5. Weeks before your planned due date, make sure to prepare freezer meals for the first few weeks with your newborn. This will help you to keep eating healthy and regularly. Here are 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals with recipes.
Other baby-related articles you will enjoy:
- Best Homemade Baby Food Recipes: From Purees To Finger Food
- 10 Ways to Prevent Your Baby from Becoming a “Picky Eater”
- Educational Baby Toys: The Complete List for Unplugged Childhood
- 6 Amazing Benefits of Reading to Babies: Why Starting Early Matters
- Infant books: List of 22 classic and unique ideas for baby’s first library
Best newborn advice out there
A very comprehensive list of newborn care based on recommendations from doctors. As the comments of this article mention, many moms wish they’d read it sooner. It is an absolute must-read!
Once your newborn grows out of the “sleepy stage” you will want to learn how to establish good sleeping habits for your baby. Trust me, it will be one of the most important areas you will want to tackle during the first year. I used and followed the advice on The Baby Sleep Site. I can happily state that thanks to their recommendations both of my boys are good night sleepers and day nappers.
Dani’s list Newborn Care – Newborn 101 covers all the areas imaginable. You’ll find advice about sleep, feeding, bath time, breastfeeding and more.
Another comprehensive resource is Katie’s Newborn Survival Guide. From calming a crying baby to most common newborn concerns, she covers it all.
A detailed guide to cleaning umbilical cord (if necessary) can be found here. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Newborn Care: What to Eat While Breastfeeding covers dietician’s advice for moms who breastfeed. Read it if you are planning to nurse your baby and learn about the best foods for you and your milk production. The healthy foods and recipes can serve every mom for healthy diet after birth, however.
Prepare for the unexpected with Cindy & Jana’s Top 10 Freaky (but normal) Things About Newborns. There are things you wouldn’t expect or even know about newborns, so this list will help you navigate the unknown.
Burping your new baby after each meal is extremely important. Learn three different methods from this video on Baby Center.
Have some fun with your newborn too! Here are 10 Fun Things To Do With Your Newborn Baby.
I hope this list helps you to find all the answers you might have about newborn care.
The first few weeks will fly by quickly and soon you will be a pro in taking care of your baby. I promise!