Being a new parent is a rewarding experience, and you've been waiting months for this big moment. You have met the bundle of joy to bring your baby home. However, it soon comes with a set of challenges and you begin to be overtaken by the common concerns of many new parents! Don't worry, you're not alone. In fact, it’s natural and normal to feel uncertain during this parenting phase.
Common concerns of new daddies & mommies
When can I bathe my newborn?
It’s common to sponge your baby's first bath after you bring him/her home. Let your baby be gently patted with a warm, soft sponge in order to gently clean their sensitive skin. Newborns usually don't need many baths as they won't get too dirty, so it's normal to bathe 1-3 times a week at first.
How often should I change my baby’s diaper?
Another concern for babies’ cleanliness. In short, a lot. Newborns can pee up to 20 times a day, and you should check their diapers frequently, at least every 2-3 hours. If you smell or notice your baby having bowel movements, you should change your baby’s diaper immediately. Babies, especially newborns, have very sensitive skin. Hence, keeping their skin clean & dry will be key to preventing those annoying diaper rashes! One interesting fact is that you may find yourself going through nearly 3,000 diapers in the baby's first year!
How do I know if my baby is eating enough?
This is always a tricky question, and the most common ways to make sure your baby is getting enough food are to have regular check-ups to check if they are gaining weight. Another general rule is that your baby should have around 5 wet diapers per day and 3-4 poops per day (these are average ranges and will always vary for every baby).
When will my baby sleep through the night?
Most babies aren’t ready to sleep through the night until they're 12-14 weeks old. If your baby still can't sleep through the night for 3 months, it could be that your baby isn't ready. However, every baby is always going to be different. Some babies may be able to sleep through the night as early as 10 weeks, while others may not sleep until 5 months or older.
Why is my baby crying so much?
In fact, babies cry a lot! Importantly, they can't talk to us to express their needs, and they need time to adjust to life outside the womb! Some of the most common reasons your newborn may be crying are:
- Hunger (Pay attention to baby's hunger cues, such as breastfeeding, putting hands in mouth or looking for mommies’ milk)
- Dirty diapers (Some babies absolutely hate wearing dirty diapers, so parents must check the baby's diapers frequently and quickly)
- Tired babies (Just like adults, babies can get very cranky when they don't get the sleep they need! If your baby is struggling to nap, make sure they have a comfortable sleeping environment)
Does any of this resonate with you? These are common concerns for new parents and ways to deal with them. Remember to believe in yourself and remind yourself that you’re doing AWESOME!