ImagePregnant moms, will you know what to do when you bring home your newborn? Well, here’s a gem from a nursery that might help.

  1. Always place the baby on its back, including after feeding
  2. Clean the umbilical cord with alcohol every diaper change; keep diaper folded below cord; notify physician for drainage or odor
  3. Breastfeed every 2 to 3 hours on demand
  4. If feeding with formula, feed every 3 to 4 hours, burp every ½ to 1 ounce and after feeding
  5. Change soiled diapers quickly; diaper away from umbilical cord, swaddle up to 10 days
  6. Keep the baby’s bottom clean and dry paying attention to folds, girls clean front to back
  7. Newborns usually have 7 to 8 wet diapers/day; less for breast fed babies until milk is in
  8. Breast fed infants will have meconium which is greenish black, yellow, slightly watery and seedy stools
  9. Formula fed infants will have meconium that is greenish black, brown, pasty; note changes in pattern or very watery stool; notify physician if stools are watery
  10. Sponge bath every other day until cord or circumcision is completely healed; gather all articles needed before beginning with face, then body, hair last
  11. Keep circumcision clean until healed which is about 10 days. Notify physician for drainage, odor, failture to urinate, bleeding.
  12. Take infant’s temperature under its arm. Notify physician of temperature elevation as per physician instruction
  13. Infants sleep at least 16 hours per day; if crying; hold closely and securely
  14. Notify physician of any abnormal temperature, difficulty feeding, diarrhea, vomiting, unable to calm or other unusual symptoms

Don’t be a martyr. Ask for help if you need it or feel overwhelmed and above all, enjoy your new journey of motherhood. You will be blessed in more ways than you can imagine.