Most Asked Parenting Questions
The first few weeks after you get the baby home are filled with a lot of uncertainty and can be quite challenging for new moms. Eventually, as you watch your newborn experience his/her ‘first’ everything, you will settle into a routine and get better at assessing what would be the best way to care for your baby. But until then, we answer parenting questions that keep new moms awake at night, worrying and wondering if everything is alright with their baby.
- Q: How often should I feed my baby?
A: If you are breastfeeding your baby, it is the best kind of food for the little one. Some babies will nurse up to 12 times a day, while others will eat fewer times but feed for longer. Don’t try to limit your baby’s feed time or the frequency of feeds. Try every 2 hours, keeping the baby on each breast for up to 10-15 minutes. Switch to solid foods only after the baby is over 6 months old.
- Q: Is my baby growing enough?
A: Healthy babies come in a range of sizes, so don’t worry if your little one seems to be too small. Most babies lose a little weight after birth, but will regain this weight within a week. If your baby is eating enough to produce at least 3 diapers full of yellowish stool a day, he or she should gain about 20-28 gm a day and will grow about 1 – 1.5 inches in length within a month.
- Q: Is it safe to swaddle my baby?
A: Swaddling a baby helps the baby feel warm and secure, as he/she feels cocooned like being back in the womb. There is a little controversy around swaddling babies, but know that it is safe to keep your baby swaddled until he/she is able to roll over, especially if your baby is born in winters and its cold. Once the baby can physically roll over, which happens around 4 months of age, swaddling isn’t safe anymore as the little one could roll over and land on their face, making them unable to turn back and hence suffocate.
- Q: Can I take my newborn baby outdoors for a stroll?
A: Yes, it’s safe to take your newborn outdoors, as long as he/she is appropriately dressed. In fact, the fresh air outside will do the baby a world of good. If you have the luxury of a garden or yard, or can access a park, do spend some time outdoors with the baby. Have the baby play on a blanker outside, as this exposes them to new sights, sounds and scents which is really good for development. A stroll in the pram around your quiet neighbourhood is also a great idea for both you and the baby.
- Q: What should qualify as an emergency?
A: As a mother, trust your gut if you feel your baby needs emergency care. Always feel comfortable calling your paediatrician if you are worried. If you are unable to get through the baby’s doctor, call emergency services India, and take your baby to the closest emergency room for immediate assistance. While it may be nothing to worry about, it’s better to be safe than sorry.