When you are welcoming a newborn into the world, it is a whirlwind of love, excitement and new information. To feel ready for your little one’s debut, you might be working on a list of seemingly never-ending questions to ask your pediatrician. So, to get you started on collecting answers, we have asked our very own Dr. Lee the most common questions new parents ask about the first month of a baby’s life. Sit back and relax while we help you get acquainted with what to know before your mini-me arrives!

Q: How much should weight increase during the first month of baby’s life?

A: In general, a newborn will gain ⅔ to 1 ounce a day during the first month of life, or about 1-2 pounds in the first month. 

Q: How do I know if my baby is getting enough food?

A: In general, your baby should be feeding every 2-3 hours, or 8-12 times per day, have several wet diapers per day, be content after feeds, have obvious swallowing or gulping of milk during the feeding sessions, be alert and active during wake periods, and most importantly, be gaining weight appropriately (your pediatrician can help you with this).

Q: When can we take the baby out of the house?

A: You can take your baby out of the house (i.e. for a short walk outside) as soon as you feel ready to do so. However, to keep your newborn healthy, please remember the following: avoid crowded areas (especially in light of our current COVID-19 situation), limit direct sun exposure as babies are more susceptible to burns, avoid overly hot or cold environments, and limit germ exposure (especially with those who are sick).

Q: What should new parents know about the 6-week checkup?

A: At the 6-week checkup you will be able to see how well your baby is growing and developing! Your pediatrician will also talk to you about your baby’s feeding and sleeping patterns, conduct a full physical examination, start your baby on their important recommended vaccines, and follow-up on any health concerns or questions that you may have. 

Q: What is the one most important thing I should be doing during the first month of baby’s life?

A: ENJOY your baby. Enjoy holding your baby — taking the time to smile, sing, and talk to your baby. Enjoy feeding, burping, and bonding with your baby, even in the early, early morning hours. Enjoy the little noises and sweet expressions that your baby makes. Enjoy the baby smell that only babies seem to have. Enjoy this special time, even when it’s challenging, for it is only here once. And in doing so, you will provide a foundation for a nurturing and healthy environment for your baby. 

At Coastal Kids Pediatrics, we are so proud of all of the love and hard work we know it takes to care for and keep your newborn healthy. Our mission and purpose is to support your family throughout this incredible journey. If you are looking for any additional advice for new parents or have any questions to ask a pediatrician for your newborn, please reach out or visit us at https://coastalkids.com/. And don’t forget to make an appointment for your 6-week checkup, it will be here before you know it!