If you have a lot of questions about your recently arrived bundle of joy, that’s totally normal. While your baby is trying to make sense of the world, you might be trying to make sense of everything about this new little person. Here are some common questions that are likely to cross your (probably sleep-deprived) mind:
1. Will I spoil my baby by comforting her every time she cries?
Some people worry that rushing to pick up a crying baby reinforces crying, but this is not the case. In fact, when a child knows she has someone there to calm her, she’ll often learn to calm herself. So go ahead and comfort away.
2. Just how much can my baby see?
At first, infants can only see about six to 10 inches away. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to look at you. Babies love faces! It’s also nice to give babies fun things to look at, like bull’s-eye patterns, checkerboards and bright, contrasting
colors. He’ll soon know the difference in colors (3 to 4 months), develop depth perception (4 months) and see at adult levels (by 12 months).
3. Should I bathe my baby every day?
Newborns should only be given occasional sponge baths until their umbilical cord falls off. After that point, a bath about three times a week is enough. More frequent baths can dry out skin. Keep skin soft by patting baby dry (instead of rubbing).
4. Is what I see in the diaper normal?
Your newborn should pass her first stool within 24 hours of birth. Stools that are earth tones, like yellow, tan, green and brown, are all normal. Until solid food begins, they will be soft, even runny. Hard or dry stools could mean your baby is dehydrated.
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