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Quick tips to becoming an awesome new parent

Updated on August 4, 2010

Quick tips to becoming an awesome new parent

Quick tips to becoming an awesome new parent

Diapers:  Usually babies that are fed through the popular PDF method need a diaper change at every time of feeding.  This means that your child will need around 6-8 diapers a day.  Many new parents schedule the diaper changes with the bowel movement that happens after dinner, but if it is missed, you will have several more diapers to change during the day. 

Diaper rash:  Skin that is sensitive is a usual problem for some youngsters and they can get a rash from their diaper due to a allergies, yeast infections, wearing wet diapers for long periods, or teething.  If you see that your baby is starting to get a diaper rash, talk to your health care provider about the type of diaper rash medication that will work for your child. 

Growth spurts:  Some growth spurts may happen as soon as 9 days after your child's birth.  Growth spurts mostly are preceded by a lethargic day and a huge change in appetite.  Growth spurts may exist once again at 12 weeks, then at 6 months.  If you start to see that your baby is not as happy with the amount that you have been feeding him or her, then he or she may be starting a period of growth.  If you are currently breastfeeding your child, you may want to include a feeding to satisfy your child’s appetite and to aid with your milk production. 

Sucking of the Thumb and Pacifiers:  If you breastfeed your child, make sure your child does not use you as their pacifier.  If your baby looks like he or she has a need to suck more than they are eating, then you must give them a pacifier.  Make sure there is no misunderstanding between a nipple and pacifier because they are very different in feel and taste.  Babies will notice the differences between the nipple and pacifier.

Spitting up:  It is usual for children to spit up, however it depends on the individual child.  If the growth of your child is considerably normal, then you must not worry about the your child spitting up.  Projectile vomiting is not the same as spitting up.  Projectile vomiting is a bad result to reject the contents from within the stomach.  If your baby does this very often, consult your pediatrician. 


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