How can I soothe my baby?

Rocking, swinging, playing music or any number of things may be helpful in soothing your baby. Sometimes a baby just wants to be picked up or carried. In the first few months of life, you cannot “spoil” your newborn, so … Continue reading

What does all the crying mean?

Crying is a baby’s way of communicating and could mean any number of things from hunger to discomfort. Over time, as you become in tune to your baby’s temperament, you will get a better idea of what the crying means. … Continue reading

Am I breastfeeding the right way?

Breastfeeding is a natural process, so if things feel right and your baby seems satisfied, is urinating, stooling, and gaining weight, then those are all good signs that you are doing well. Involving a lactation consultant in the initial weeks … Continue reading

What is your breast vs. bottle feeding philosophy?

Breast feeding is always the healthiest choice for both mother and child. We have a lactation consultant on staff that all breastfeeding mothers see to help with any problems they might encounter.  

What do I do if my son is circumcised?

Clean the circumcision site gently with plain water, and then apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment (usually supplied by the hospital) or petroleum jelly with each diaper change. Continue this for 2 to 3 days after the procedure and … Continue reading

What is your Circumcision philosophy?

This is a cultural decision. Medical benefits including a decreased risk of urinary tract infections and penile cancer are negligible as these disorders are so rare to begin with. It is, however, a decision that should be discussed prior to … Continue reading

How often do I clean my baby?

You will be cleaning the diaper area frequently, so bathing often isn’t necessary. Bathing every few days is fine. Giving a bath can be enjoyable and soothing, however, so giving one each day as part of the baby’s routine is … Continue reading

How many diaper changes will my baby need?

This varies depending on the urination and stooling pattern of the baby. Change the diaper whenever the baby is soiled or wet. Initially this will probably be every feeding but usually gets less frequent when the baby gets older.  

What do I do about the umbilical cord?

Different hospitals give different recommendations with regard to cord care.  Some may have you do nothing while others recommend cleansing with an alcohol swab. The goal is the same: to keep the cord clean and dry so that it falls … Continue reading

When will I get my own sleep?

Parents will always enjoy better sleep when the baby starts to sleep for longer intervals. Most babies start to sleep better by the end of the first month and about half are sleeping continuously through the night (7-9 hours) by … Continue reading