The Newborn

A newborn baby can hear, smell, feel, taste, see, and will sleep most of the time. You will notice your baby being alert for only short periods of time.

One of your biggest challenges will be feeding your baby. A newborn will want to be fed every two to five hours around the clock. If you are breastfeeding, don't be surprised if you have some difficulty at first; it may take some time to figure out what works best for you and your baby. Do not hesitate to call your baby’s health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby.

Be aware of any signs that may indicate that your baby is sick. Some signs of illness in a newborn are:

  • Irritability
  • Jaundice (yellow-colored skin and eyes)
  • Temperature of 100°F or higher rectally
  • Refusal to feed or poor feeding
  • Sleeping for an unusually long period of time
  • A high-pitched or constant cry
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Cold signs or symptoms

If your baby has any signs or symptoms of illness, call your child's health care provider immediately.

Don't forget to call and schedule your baby's Hospital Follow-up Appointment and Second Week Checkup, and your Postpartum Checkup. Write down any questions you may have. Your health care provider, as well as your baby's, are tremendous resources and are only a phone call away!

From Baby's First Year Calendar

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