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10 Questions All New Parents Have: Answered



Before my first child was born, I thought I was ready for any new-baby challenge. I’d read all the books, checked out parenting websites, and gotten loads of advice (some solicited, most not). Then Aarav was born and all hell broke loose. It turns out that when you’re totally sleep-deprived and gushing breast milk, even little challenges can throw you into a tailspin.


I wondered why is his poop green? Is sterilizing the pacifier 20 times a day necessary? Am I holding him too much? Yet rather than quizzing the pediatrician at Aarav’s wellness checkups, I smiled, nodded, and said everything was going great.


Why? I figured my concerns were too trivial, too obvious, too stupid. Only later did I learn that lots of other moms have the exact same questions. I wish I’d had these answers, from doctors, when I needed them.

Should I wake a sleeping baby to feed her/him?

There is no reason to wake a sleeping baby to feed them except in the first month so they can get on a schedule or if they have slept through two feedings. Most babies will eat while they are sleeping but if you need to wake your child up then, plan changing his/her diaper and giving him/her a little massage.


Do I need to sterilize bottles and pacifiers after every single use?

In a perfect world, yes. “But since that’s not realistic for many parents, we recommend washing bottles with soap and hot water after every feeding, and sterilizing them overnight. It’s not a bad idea to sterilize your supply of bottles once in a while, just to be on the safe side, and especially after your baby’s been sick. Some parents buy a special bottle sterilizer, for ease and convenience. Soaking bottles in a big pot of clean, boiling water for about five minutes works just as well.


Will I spoil my infant by holding him/her too much. True?

While it’s fine to have your infant attached to you (via a wrap or a baby carrier) during the day, nighttime is a different story. Babies who are used to being held or rocked to sleep have a hard time drifting off independently—and soothing themselves back to sleep when they awaken during the night. Put your child in the crib drowsy but awake, on his/her back, and let him/her learn to do it themselves.


My child doesn’t exactly “sleep like a baby.” My child is constantly flailing their arms. Is something wrong?

Babies spend up to half of their snooze time twitching, jerking, making sucking noises, and flailing their limbs.This REM, or active sleep, is critical to brain development. By 6 months, your child will spend more time in quiet sleep mode.


Is green poop normal?

Sure. So is brown, light yellow, and seedy mustard. These variations in hue depend on whether your baby is drinking formula or breast milk.Sometimes babies have green poop because they are sensitive to something you are eating (most likely dairy). An elimination diet can help you pinpoint or rule out food sensitivities. If your baby has recently eaten blueberries, spinach, or other leafy greens, that may cause the poop to be green too, which is perfectly normal.


How many layers of clothing does my infant need to go outside?

Dress your child in one more layer than you have on.


Can a newborn truly have her days and nights mixed up?

Absolutely. It happens all the time, so you need to help your baby flip her internal clock. Sit out doors, Go for a walk, or get her into the sunlight, especially during the morning. Speak to her in a happy, energetic tone to signal that it’s daytime. In the evening, keep the lights dim, whisper when you speak, and move slowly to tip her off that it’s time to sleep.


Why is my baby constipated?

That’s often because rice cereal – a common first food – is low in fiber. Constipation can also happen when you wean your baby from breast milk because this sometimes leads to dehydration. Formula. Babies who breastfeed exclusively are rarely constipated. Know how to ease constipation, here


How do I know if my newborn is full?

Checking your child weight gain is the most reliable method. If you find your child gaining from 1 to 3 kg per week, they are probably getting enough nutrients. Another method is to track the feeding time of your baby. Following each feeding, the baby will need to wet their diapers four to six times a day. Their urine should be clear or pale. If you notice a dark or yellowish shade, they might not get enough milk.


My baby has red and white spots on her face, like pimples. Is this normal?

Baby acne usually develops about two to four weeks after birth. Tiny red or white bumps appear on the baby’s cheeks, nose, and forehead. The cause is unknown. It typically clears up on its own in about three to four months without leaving marks.


As a new mom, you’ll have a new question everyday, new expression to decode and things to be done around the house, but if you don’t lie down at least once or twice a day for a nap to regain your energy, you’re going to make yourself and everyone else unhappy. Take care of yourself. All those other things you’ll get to eventually.