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Facts for New Parents

Updated on August 26, 2010

For new parents the anticipation of a newborn baby is both an exciting and nerve racking time. New parents have a lot of questions ranging from “Am I going to be a good parent?”, “What can we expect?” to “Will I know what the right thing to do?” What I would like to share with you is some interesting information about what to expect when you have your first child.

An interesting fact about newborn babies is that when they are born they want to feed right away. They perform the action of sucking almost right away. This helps mother and child establish that connection when breastfeeding almost right away. But just be warned about one of the common breastfeeding myths, that breastfeeding will come naturally to both mother and child.

Another interesting fact for new parents is that newborns cannot see very well when they are first born. It takes some time for their eyes to focus and some time for their eyes to see things at a distance. This could be why mobiles for newborns are so close to the crib. With this underdeveloped sight, it makes it difficult for newborns to recognize their parents by sight. However, what is extremely interesting is that from the moment they are born, babies can recognize their parents by their scent. Have you ever noticed that a new baby could be crying her head off while with someone other than their mom or dad, but the minute either one holds them she settles down almost instantly? Your baby recognizes your scent as a safe scent and is able to calm down.

That is one of the reasons why most experts on newborn information recommend that both parents spend some skin to skin time with their baby within the first few days to weeks of their baby’s life.  It reinforces their security.

Another question many new parents have is should I give my baby a soother or bottle? Some experts say to avoid giving your baby a bottle or soother when they are first born. However, not every parent is able to go without either. It has been said that the baby will not be able to get a proper latch breastfeeding if they use a soother or bottle too often. In most cases an infant is able to transition from soother to nipple. To be honest within the first 3 months after your baby is born, I recommend do what is needed to survive. If the soother helps comfort your baby then don’t feel guilty about giving it to them. However, each parent needs to do what they feel is best for them and their child.

Hopefully this information is helpful to new parents. If you are interested in learning more about newborns or have other questions about being a new parent I would suggest checking out How to Relieve Gas Pain in Infant, Tips for a New Father, Cold Remedies for Infants and Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers.


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