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What Every First Time Parent Should Know

New parents are bombarded with information about their little bundle of joy. Our goal is to be a trusted partner to parents everywhere, and first time parents are no exception. Here are a few things we think every new parent should know.

Tummy to Play

  • Start Tummy Time as soon as baby comes home from the hospital.

  • The best moves to begin with are tummy-to-tummy or tummy-to-chest. Watch for examples of Tummy Time positions here.

  • You can also use this time as an opportunity for skin-to-skin contact.

  • Check out our Tummy Time abilities to make sure baby is on the right track.

Baby Massage

  • Baby massage is a great way to bond with your newborn

  • Can help baby’s senses develop

  • Can boost new parent confidence

  • Learn more about Massage+ 30, 10, 5, an intervention based on 40+ years of research

Ask the Experts

  • Nurses can provide great tips on how to do the basics

  • Doctors help with more specialized questions specific to your child

  • Lactation consultants are on hand at many hospitals to help with feeding

  • There are no bad questions—so ask away!

Reach Out

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help

  • Don’t hesitate to ask your pediatrician questions

  • Reach out to family and friends that you trust

  • There will be hard days, so build your support network from the start

Feeding Baby

  • Your baby will be hungry!

  • Newborns will nurse or take the bottle every 2-3 hours on average

  • Formula-fed newborns lose about 5% of their body weight and breastfed newborns lose about 7-10% of their body weight during the first few days.

  • Most babies should be back to their birth weight by their two week well-baby visit.

  • Pay attention to your baby’s feeding habits.

  • Learn more about feeding milestones.

Communicate with Baby

  • Crying may mean they are upset, tired or hungry

  • You’ll be able to identify these various types of cries over time and how to comfort them

  • Talk to your baby throughout the day to help baby feel safe and promote bonding

  • Learn more about how they communicate.


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