Your Child's First Checkup: The Hospital
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
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American Academy of Family Physicians
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Diapering Your Baby
Babies may use up to 10 diapers a day! Get the basics on how to diaper like a pro.
Trimming Your Baby's Nails
Although cutting your little one's nails can be a bit unnerving, keeping nails short is important to your baby's safety.
Laundering Your Baby's Clothes
Once a baby arrives, it can seem as if the laundry doubles! Many parents think they need to use baby detergent to clean their baby's clothes, but in most cases, this isn't necessary.
Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal
When you first get to see, touch, and inspect your newborn, you may be surprised by what you see. Here's what to expect.
Bringing Your Baby Home
Whether your baby comes home from the hospital right away, arrives later, or comes through an adoption agency, homecoming is a major event.
A Guide for First-Time Parents
If you're a first-time parent, put your fears aside and get the basics in this guide about burping, bathing, bonding, and other baby-care concerns.
The Senses and Your Newborn
Your newborn is taking in his or her first sights, sounds, and smells while learning to explore the world through the senses. What are your baby's responses to light, noise, and touch?
Medical Care and Your Newborn
By the time you hold your new baby for the first time, you've probably chosen your little one's doctor. Learn about your newborn's medical care.
Movement, Coordination, and Your Newborn
It may seem like all babies do is sleep, eat, and cry, but their little bodies are making many movements, some of which are reflexes.
Communication and Your Newborn
From birth, your newborn has been communicating with you. Crying may seem like a foreign language, but soon you'll know what your baby needs - a diaper change, a feeding, or your touch.
Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding
Making a decision to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is a personal one. There are some points to consider to help you decide which option is best for you and your baby.
Learning, Play, and Your Newborn
Play is the primary way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.
Burping Your Baby
Feeding a baby for the first time is an exciting experience for any new parent. Here's a quick guide to one important aspect of feeding - burping.
How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor
Building a relationship with your child's doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
Growth and Your Newborn
A baby's growth and development is measured from the moment of birth. How much should your baby weigh?
Sleep and Newborns
"Does your baby sleep through the night?" is one of the questions new parents hear the most. And almost always the answer is "No."
Recovering From Delivery
After giving birth, you'll notice you've changed somewhat - both physically and emotionally. Here's what to expect after labor and delivery.
Bonding With Your Baby
Bonding, the intense attachment that develops between you and your baby, is completely natural. And it's probably one of the most pleasurable aspects of infant care.
The First Day of Life
Your baby's first day of life is one of the most eventful days in your own life. Here's what to expect on that special day.
What Is the Apgar Score?
The very first test given to your newborn, the Apgar score occurs right after your baby's birth in the delivery or birthing room.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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