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One of the main reasons a newborn (particularly such a new newborn!) dislikes diaper changes is the fact that they're cold. Really cold. Normally they have this nice warm layer on them that keeps them warm and cozy, and you're ripping that off of them with nary a care for their ... well, I'm sure that's what the newborn thinks, anyway. To avoid this, you ...


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a woman should biologically feel some form of affection towards these small humans No. That's a social rule, not a biological one. You're not alone. Some women adore all babies and children. My kid's teacher wholeheartedly enjoys spending her days surrounded by dozens of young children. Some women are pretty into their own kids, but find other (or ...


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Blowing on the face is a common trick. It triggers a reflex to hold the breath for a short moment. That stops the crying, and can also be used when washing the child's face etc. I am not aware of any consequences of this, neither positive nor negative.


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So this doesn't seem too unusual to me. Many babies prefer to be held, and some more than others. A few suggestions: Have you tried swaddling? The feeling of being wrapped mimics the feeling in the womb, and my babies would not sleep without being swaddled. have you tried a swing? Some babies really like the gentle rocking motion (again, this mimics the ...


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If you are asking, "Is a disrupted sleep schedule harmful to my 1 month old?", the answer is no. Sleep is important to newborns, and they will sleep when it's necessary. Babies in utero are attuned to a mother's circadian rhythms, due in part to maternal hormones (cortisol and melatonin both pass through the placenta), maternal activity and other ...


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Warning - this may seem mean I'm glad you stood up to say this. I'm a dad and not quite the same scenario, but even after having 2 daughters who are not quite out of the crying phase I can tell you the sound of crying is just about the most annoying thing you can hear. Part of me thinks it's supposed to be though. I have found ways to deflect my kids from ...


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The current scientific consensus is: No. It is not necessary to sterilize bottles, not even for newborns. The only exception are bottle teats made of rubber - the rubber can become porous over time, so occasional sterilization is recommended. However, most bottle teats are made of silicone, which is not affected. The primary safety measure to take with ...


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As a woman who studied science and is now in a male-dominated industry, I will try to give my perspective. Complements are freely given, and just like you wouldn't ask for a different kind of gift, you probably shouldn't ask for a different type of complement. Taking that into consideration, I would recommend the following: 1) With strangers or ...


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Nope. If you would be more comfortable keeping an eye on them, there are mirrors you can install that allow you to see them in your rear view mirror. However, you will be wise to watch the road instead of the sleeping babies in the back seat; every newborn I've ever met just sleeps in the car so you won't be missing much.


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Urine is sterile leaving the bladder but doesn't stay that way for long; it is an ideal growth medium for bacteria. I would rinse it out. There is nothing terribly wrong with getting clean water in your baby's ears. You will not get water in the inner ear (that is the third and deepest part of the ear) or the middle ear (where ear infections occur). The ...


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Get some books to build up your confidence. The "What to expect..." books are too built up and drawn out. Too much of everything. Simple, cool books are attractive reads and hold adequate amount of content. I liked "Eat Sleep Poop". These books will not give you as much "what to do" advice, but what you should not freak out about. This is important. ...


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First and foremost, a 2 month old should not be losing weight, speak to a healthcare professional (midwife, doctor or both). To answer your question, properly formulated stage 1 formula milk is suitable from birth, but it's best to discuss this with your doctor or midwife as there might be other things you want to try. And something else to think about, ...


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Based on commentary from friends of ours who are midwives and community nurses, there are two key information points here: To answer your specific question: No, those caps are just to keep the baby's head warm. They do not offer significant pressure to reshape the skull Trying to do this is unneeded, aside from exceptional cases that the hospital would ...


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Please note that some airlines will not let you breastfeed on a flight, regardless of what is said when you purchase a ticket. For the first few weeks of a newborn's life, usually the baby's doctor prefers that she be kept in relative isolation (friends and family). After that, it's fine to take her out into the public provided that the baby is healthy. ...


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I frequently front-carried my children (from newborn through toddlerhood) for hours at a time. However, we had a sling and so they were more curled up: no dangling legs until they were older (around the time they had neck control and wanted to be looking around all the time). I'm therefore making some guesses when I say it should be safe. I did read over ...


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Strictly breastfed babies may have from 10 diapers with stool a day, to one diaper with stool every seven to ten days. Breast milk can be so perfectly suited to the newborn that the newborn is able to absorb absolutely everything in the milk, and the only waste is liquid :) The important thing is that the newborn is urinating frequently, and has many wet ...


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If you stated you really wanted to be a mom, but were repulsed by babies, this answer would be different. But I don't hear that. So this is a lot about not wanting children, which should be the first step in decision-making. Many people ignore that having a baby is a crisis situation (albeit a normal crisis): you are suddenly called upon to take on a ...


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By making himself sick do you mean he's spitting up? That's fairly common among newborns, for a variety of reasons. I'll mention a few here, although it's definitely something worth talking about with your pediatrician at your next check-up to make sure there's no acid reflux or other reason he might be spitting up more than normal, and to make sure he's ...


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The frequency of bowel movements covers a wide range - and is about as widely discussed. My sources (in German, so no use posting a link here) say everything from multiple times a day to once a week is normal. With three days, you should be fine, as confirmed by your pediatrician. Unless your baby appears to be unwell or experience pain when passing stool I ...


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If you are blowing softly, it could hardly harm the child. Anything under x knots should be fine, where x is a reasonable value determined by humourless scientists.


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From your description of your living space, I would recommend keeping the baby in the bassinet in your room, at least for the first couple of months. Newborns, especially breast fed ones, wake every 2-3 hours to feed. Having the baby close is convenient (no stairs) and lets you respond before the real hungry-angry crying starts. It's much easier to feed a ...


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Just a few drops of urine is entirely inconsequential. You can wipe away any wetness that is on the skin and in the outer ear, but don't do anything inside the ear canal. If it's a lot then you could wash the outer ear just like you would during bath-time, but still leave the inner ear alone. The fresh air often encourages a bit of peeing but as I mentioned ...


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@anongoodnurse's answer is great, but I want to add some things from personal observation: I have flown with a baby as young as 4 months, and it was not an issue. The younger the baby is the easier, since they sleep more. I think a 7 week baby will be fine (provided no health issues, not pre-mature and so forth). ask you pediatrician if there is any ...


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I believe that your father could potentially be putting your newborn at risk, yes. Here's why: According to a 2-year survey, 64% of travelers to 3rd world countries develop some sort of illness. 26% of those travelers were ill once they returned from the trip, with 56% of those travelers' illnesses starting after the return (9.3% of all travelers). Thus, ...


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I decided to throw this answer in here for completeness, to be a little more general. It depends. My first was 4 weeks early, and we calculated based on his actual birthday. This was based on advice from our pediatrician. (and he did, and he caught up on height/weight by 6 months) However, 4 weeks is not that early (given that in the US, 3 weeks early ...


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Can you wear him? My preemie LOVED being worn, and it freed up my hands to do the other things that needed doing. Try a Moby wrap or something similar; there are oodles of how-to videos online that show you how to properly tie is so he's safe and secure and able to breathe freely, and you get your hands back.


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Ask your doctor. When babies are very young, they might not wake up when they need to to feed, and fasting through the night could be dangerous.


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I think there are two aspects to your question which need to be considered: Carrying a baby in general (using any type of carrier) Your particular baby carrier Regarding point 1, carrying a baby using a baby carrier is thought to be good for the baby in many ways, especially for a newborn. It is especially popular in attachment parenting and often ...


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This answer might be a bit might "longish" because this question can't be answered with a simple date... On SIDS in general: First things first: SIDS has been a subject of extensive research, but there is still no "final" answer what causes it. Statisticians have gone wild on potential risk factors, determining an entire list of what increases the risk of ...


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Yes, many resources exist that provide instructions for everything you "need" to know to care for your newborn infant. One that I've found that has good information, illustrations, and working links is Raising Children's newborn section. Here's the links to the topics you specifically asked for: Bathing and Washing Bath Safety Nutrition and Feeding Sun ...



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