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16 Questions every new Mom asks

Pippa Hime
If there’s one thing all first-time Moms have in common, it’s that they have A LOT of questions. Here are answers to some of the most common questions new Moms ask.

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Most days I spend my time in the clinic seeing new Moms and babies. I love it. I love the excitement in their eyes and the enthusiasm in their voice. But there is also an element of uncertainty that I see so often. One thing I have learnt over the years is that new parents have many, many questions about life with a baby.
 
Hear are some answers to the most common questions I get asked:
 
1. Am I feeding my baby enough? Feed your newborn on demand to begin with and he will eventually regulate himself. Is your newborn getting enough milk?
 
2. How much weight should he be gaining? Most babies gain around 150-200 grams per week in the first six months. Is your baby is gaining enough weight?
 
3. When will his umbilical cord fall off? It should separate after a week to 10 days if cleaned regularly with surgical spirits or Wixcin powder. How to survive the first few weeks alone at home.
 
4. How do I know if there’s no more wind? Your baby will be calm, settled and happy. How to burp a baby.
 
5. How much should my newborn sleep? Newborn babies sleep all the time. Most can only handle 45-60 minutes of awake time. This gradually increases, as your baby gets older. 5 ways to help your baby fall asleep. 
 
6. What should I dress my baby in? To be safe, bank on adding one extra layer to whatever you are wearing. Shop baby clothes.
 
7.  How often must I bath my baby? You do not need to bath a newborn every day. At least top and tail the baby and you can do a full bath every couple of days. How to bath your newborn.
 
8. What temperature should the room be? For baby to be comfortable, the room should range between 18-21 degrees Celsius. Shop room thermometers.  
 
9. When can I start playing with my baby? Newborn babies don’t need a whole bunch of stimulation. In fact, this can exhaust them. The only stimulation they need to begin with is your smiling face. When can my baby do what?
 
10. Does my baby have diarrhoea? Watery explosive bright yellow stools are normal in a newborn. Is your baby’s poop normal? (link to come)
 
11. Is my baby constipated? Some babies poo seven times a day, while others poo every seven days. Look at the consistency of the stool rather than the frequency. How to change a nappy.
 
12. How can I prevent SIDS? Use a baby monitor with a motion detector and put your baby to sleep on his back free from pillows, toys or loose bedding. How to create a safe sleeping environment.
 
13. Is my baby ready for solids? The World Health Organization recommends six months of exclusive breastfeeding before introducing solids. How to introduce your baby to solid food.
 
14. Is my baby teething? Most babies begin teething between five and nine months. 10 natural ways to ease teething pain and signs a Wonder Week is approaching.
 
15. Is breastfeeding an effective form of birth control? Absolutely not. You should chat to your doctor about birth control options while breastfeeding. 15 things you didn’t know about breastfeeding.
 
16. Will I ever get the hang of this mothering thing? Absolutely. Each Mom finds their feet at their own pace. 5 signs you’ve “arrived” as a Mom.
 
Are there any questions we’ve missed? What would you like to know?


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