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During his first week, your newborn may shed up to 10% of his weight! Blame the loss of water weight, plus a super quick digestion process for your baby's weight loss--and for all those dirty diapers!
Never leave your baby unsupervised in the tub for a second--this means being organized and having everything necessary within reach.
Fill your baby bathtub or kitchen sink with 2-3 inches of water. Babies are comfortable in slightly cooler water. Put them in the water slowly, remembering to support their neck and head! Watch this video for more details about bath time.
Meconium is substance that your baby's intestines will pass within the first 2-3 days of life. It's simply a post-birth cleanse that is thick and dark green or black in color.
Caring for your baby's teeth requires a soft baby toothbrush with a long handle for you to grip. Wet the brush and swipe the front and back of the baby's teeth twice a day. Don't let your baby fall asleep with a bottle in his mouth.
An infant is colicky if they cry for more than 3 hours in a row, at least 3 times a week, for 3 weeks.
Some babies love a quiet room, while others may sleep better with the sound of a fan or sound machine, which reminds them of the noises they heard in the womb.
Babies younger than 3 months can sleep 2-3 hours without waking, while older babies can sleep for 5-6 hours at a time without feeding. The younger babies wake up more often because they get hungry quicker.
Gently but firmly wipe your baby's gums with a wet washcloth or gauze during bathtime. This will prevent bacteria from forming as well as getting your baby used to their mouth being cleaned.
To encourage overnight sleeping, don't immediately comfort a baby crying at night. If you do, wait to feed them. Only change their diaper if they're quite soiled--otherwise, use a heavy duty overnight diaper.
If your newborn is colicky, he's in the company of many other crying babies. Up to 25% of infants have colic, which is simply another term for near incessant crying. Here, a health tip or two to stop the tears.
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