Bringing Your Baby Home

nurse and baby

Facts and tips for caring for your infant

  • Your baby will most likely lose weight after you take him home. This is normal, and he should be back to birth weight around day 10.
  • For the first two months, expect your baby to wake up every two to three hours for feedings.
  • If you have your baby boy circumcised, remember to apply ointment to the tip of the penis at every diaper change for the first few days.
  • Avoid considerable, direct sunlight for the first few months of your baby’s life.
  • Change a diaper as soon as possible to prevent diaper rash.
  • Most babies teethe between six and seven months. However, some babies start as early as two months old.
  • It will take anywhere from one to four weeks for your baby’s umbilical cord to come off. Do not pick at it. Only clean the area as instructed by your physician.
  • If you are breastfeeding, avoid giving a pacifier to your baby for the first month, or until he gets the hang of breastfeeding.
  • Never smoke around your baby, and, if you do smoke, make sure to change clothes when you are done. Also wash your hands.
  • Do not share a bed with your baby.
  • Make sure your baby sleeps on his back for the first year of his life.
  • Expect your baby to roll over around 4 - 6 months. It’s ok if he rolls over in his sleep.
  • When you baby is awake, supervise him while he is on his stomach (Tummy Time). Tummy Time strengthens his head, neck and shoulder muscles.