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More ZZZ’s for Mom and Baby: Consistency is Key

When your baby is born, she/he will be alert and ready to bond with you during the first hour.  Afterwards, she will go into a deep sleep for about 4 hours as she begins adjusting to life outside the womb.  During the first 2 weeks, she will eat about every 2-3 hours and sleep a total of 10-18 hours a day.  You may even have to wake her for feedings. By week 3 having acclimated more to life outside the womb, her eating habits will become more regular although still inconsistent and prone to changes during… Read more More ZZZ’s for Mom and Baby: Consistency is Key

Bonding With Your Baby

Bonding  prenatally and after delivery creates a foundation for the parent-child relationship. Here are some bonding tips: Place your baby on your chest after birth and put a warm blanket over both of you. Hold, touch, and talk to your baby. Your body releases hormones that encourage bonding and attachment to your baby. You and baby do not need to be separated during the first hour after delivery unless there is a medical concern. Have dad take off his shirt and hold baby skin to skin. Massage your baby. Sing… Read more Bonding With Your Baby