Monday Moments ~ Umbilical Cord Care For Newborns

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There are a few things to remember when it comes to caring for your newborn’s umbilical cord.

1) Give your baby sponge baths instead of tub baths until it is fully healed.

2) Never attempt to pull off the stump even if it looks ready to be removed.

3) Keep the area clean and dry.

If the area looks red or inflamed, consult with your child’s doctor to rule out an infection (although this is rare).

Monday Moments ~ Preparing Siblings For A New Baby

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How are you preparing your older children for the impending birth of a new brother or sister?

Here are just a few ideas to share:

1) Allow your child to express his or her feelings throughout your pregnancy. When they ask questions, answer them (based accordingly to their age).

2) Get any changes out of the way BEFORE the baby arrives. If you are going to be moving your child(ren) to another room, do so so they have time to adjust. Work on toilet training and weaning if you feel they are ready.

3) Sibling birth classes are often offered. If you think your children are having a hard time adjusting to the idea of a new family member, consider a class to help them transition.

Thursday Thoughts – Does My Newborn Recognize Me?

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Answer: Newborns recognize their mother’s voice at birth. They’ve been listening to you for 9 months! It is said to take baby somewhere between 15-20 days to recognize their dad’s voice after birth. Babies are also said to have a heightened sense of smell, allowing them to recognize their mom’s presence in the dark for night time diaper changes and feedings.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Induced Labor

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If your labor doesn’t begin on its own, many times your practitioner will use medication and various other techniques to induce contractions.

Have you ever been induced, Mom? And more importantly, what are your thoughts on induction? Share with us!