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Newborn Information

Congratulations on the birth of your baby!

Here are some instructions that may help you navigate the first few months.

First Office Visit:
Unless otherwise instructed by the doctor please schedule your baby's first office visit for two days after discharge. These initial weight monitoring appointments are scheduled at a specific time for newborns, and your baby will be seen by whichever physician is available. For all other appointments, you are free to schedule your baby's appointment with whichever doctor you choose.

Health Measures to protect your baby:

In Addition,

To Avoid Illness:          

When to Call:

Why Call:


Feeding Instructions:
Feed the baby "on demand" (when hungry) during the daytime, but not longer than four hour intervals, if possible. Let the baby sleep as long as possible at night. After the first few days of life, babies usually feed 6-12 times in a 24 hour period. Prolonged daytime sleep may necessitated more frequent night-time feedings.

Breast Feeding:


Vitamin D:                      
Infants who are breast fed and infants who consume fewer than 20 ounces of formula per day should be supplemented with 400 IU of vitamin D daily. Talk to your physician about the best way to supplement your infant's diet with vitamin D.

Infant Positioning:

Diaper Care:
Use petroleum jelly or commercial diaper rash cream as needed for diaper rash. Call if the rash worsens or does not disappear. Avoid wipes for the first month until the baby's skin is more mature. The choice of cloth versus disposable diapers is purely personal. Don't worry if the disposable loses small gel beads from the inner lining. A normal excretion product, urates, may cause a brick-red/orange smear in the diaper during the first week of life.


Cord Care:

Sponge bathe the baby with or without mild soap, avoiding the cord, until the cord is off. A tub bath may then be given. Daily bathing and shampooing is usually not needed during infancy.

Environmental Control:
Keep the house temperature at 66-80™F. Dress the baby in the same number of layers of clothing you wear indoors (or outdoors during the summer) and in one extra layer and a hat outdoors in cooler weather (< 65™F). If the baby is too warm, the head will perspire. Avoid placing the baby in front of heating or air-conditioning vents. If the infant is too cold, the head will be dry and the hands and feet cool. Shelter the baby from the wind, precipitation, extreme cold and direct sunlight.

Introduce a pet to the infant's scent (hat or blanket) before the baby comes home. Upon coming home, let the animal sniff the baby (but not lick the face) while you stroke the pet. Remember to give attention to your pet and continue normal routines. Keep the pet out of the crib or bassinet. Keep pets having flea or tick control chemicals on their fur from touching the baby. Check pets for ticks daily, especially in warmer weather.

Fresh air is good for properly dressed infants. Newborns can be outdoors and travel upon hospital discharge unless you are otherwise instructed. Notify us well in advance of foreign travel plans.

Home Safety:
Your home should be fitted with smoke/fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers (particularly in the kitchen and near your furnace). You should have an established escape plan in the event of a fire. Try to obtain a decal from your fire department that is be placed on the baby's window to alert the fire fighters to check there first in the event of a fire.

As always, call your pediatrician if you have questions or concerns!