Your Baby's First Few Weeks
Congratulations! You've just brought home the most precious gift in the world -- your baby. Like most new parents, you may be anxious about how to care for the newest member of the family. This is a time of discovery for both parents and baby. You will quickly learn how to be a nurturing parent, and the child will begin learning about the world from the security of being in your arms or hearing your soothing voice. Have fun and enjoy this very exciting time in your life!
Baby Care 101
- What to expect in the first few weeks
- Bathing, diapers, and skin care
- Baby feeding patterns
- Breastfeeding vs bottle feeding
- Breastfeeding - tips for success
- Breastfeeding - health and other factors
- Breast milk - the basics
- Infant formulas
- Pumping and expressing breast milk
- Reduce the risk of SIDS
- Your baby's checkup schedule
You And Your Body
- Changes in your body
- Healing and losing the weight
- Postpartum depression
- Daycare and returning to work
Your baby's first checkup should usually happen two to four weeks after birth, depending on your baby's health and your practitioner's recommendations and style of practice.
Last reviewed 12/1/2010 by Zev Williams MD, PhD, FACOG, Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
- Call 911 for all medical emergencies.