Bringing home a newborn is an exciting time for a family, but it can be stressful.
While there are countless resources for new mothers, there are some basics you have to remember.
Mary Maloney explains in today's Health Minute.
The first few weeks at home with your newborn can be a huge adjustment.
However, keeping your baby safe and healthy is easier than you think.
Just remember the basics.
Breast feeding is preferable, but bottle feeding is just as good.
"If you can breast feed, try to breast feed," says Dr. Vivian Lennon, a pediatrician. "Your breast milk passes on a lot of valuable antibodies and immunity to your baby, and is a valuable way to protect them."
And, of course, babies cry.
Just how much depends on the baby.
"There are many ways to soothe a crying baby, of course," says Dr. Lennon. "You can carry them, you can walk around with them, sometimes you can put them in their bouncy seat, if you have a baby that is crying and cannot be soothed it is okay to take a break."
Overall, when it comes to your baby's health, the doctor says there are a few basic things to look out for.
"If your baby develops a fever, that's a temperature higher than 100.4, you need to call your pediatrician," Dr. Lennon says. "If your baby is having trouble breathing, if they're not eating, if they're not urinating, most newborns need to wet a diaper at least every six to eight hours."
And remember, of you're ever unsure about your baby's behavior, it's best to call your pediatrician.
Dr. Lennon adds everyone gives new mothers advice in raising babies.
It can be overwhelming but she says to listen and take it all in.
But the bottom line is, trust your instincts.