Taking Care of Your Newborn

Feeding Your Newborn

Hold, cuddle, talk to, sing to and rock your baby as much as you can. A lot of your infant’s development depends on his or her interaction with you. Every touch stimulates the baby’s brain. Always check your baby when he or she seems uncomfortable, to make sure the infant is not too hot, too cold, hungry, wet or needs to burp. Give your child the benefit of the doubt and do not worry about “spoiling.” Try to spend time nurturing your baby when the infant is quiet, happy and alert, instead of waiting for him or her to cry and fuss for attention. Make sure that your baby gets adequate rest. Take the phone off the hook and nap when the baby naps. Encourage dad and other family members to help care for the infant. Keep in contact with friends and relatives. Go for a daily walk with the baby for fresh air.

Infants (birth to age 1) need:

  • protection from physical danger

  • proper nutrition & health care

  • adults with whom to form attachments and whom provide secure environment

  • adults who can understand and respond to their signals

  • things to look at, touch, hear, smell, and taste

  • opportunities to explore the world

  • appropriate language stimulation