Congrats On Your New Baby!

Baby's here! Now it's time to figure out parenthood: the feeding, the bathing, the diaper changing and oh... the sleeping! Relax, you'll get the hang of everything. Just don't freak out if adjusting to this new life doesn't "come naturally" -- it can take a little longer for some than others. These first few weeks are about resting, recovering and getting to know your baby, as you and your partner figure out how to navigate life with this amazing new addition to your family!

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you've got a brand-new baby!
  • He sleeps most of the day, waking every two or three hours to chow down (then, he's likely back to snoozing again.)
  • He'll lose about 7 to 10 percent of his birth weight in the first week, but should gain it back by the end of the second week.
  • His arms and legs are still curled in the fetal postition -- that's temporary.
  • His ways of communicating? Cries, grunts, sneezes and hiccups.
  • He can see your face -- his vision is best from between 8 and 12 inches away.
  • Good toy choices include a patterned mobile with contrasting colors, bright toys that make soft sounds and an unbreakable mirror.

  • Medical information was reviewed by Preeti Parikh, MD, pediatrician at Pediatrics of New York, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Director of Programming at HealthiNation.com.


    Reminder: Medical info on The Bump is FYI only and doesn't replace a visit to a medical professional.