Category Archives: newborn

The first week with your newborn

The first week passes in a daze of information overload and sleep deprivation. Everything is new, emotional….. Too much is happening. The body has gone through a tough time, a whole new person is attached to me like superglue for the foreseeable future, too many people coming over to meet, well meaning advice being shoved… Read More »

Supporting an infant's neck

You look at that fragile little thing and your heart flutters with fear for its safety. You are so scared of jerking that flimsy neck supporting that big head, that you take a full minute before the baby transfers from the bed to your arms. Well…. Life has a way of enforcing efficiency, as has… Read More »

Sunlight for newborn jaundice

Blue light has long been accepted as a way of treating jaundice. This treatment came about through the observations of a very smart nurse who observed that babies near windows had less problems with jaundice, which led to research….. Another separate study assessed the use of sunlight (which is abundant) as compared with the special… Read More »

Newborn jaundice

Today, baby looked slightly yellow to my inexperienced eye. Various visitors, depending on whether they were trying to reassure me or talk straight disagreed or agreed, but the bottom line was that the guy looked rather yellow. The nurses assured me that mild jaundice was normal and not an issue. The pediatrician agreed with that… Read More »

Newborn's first poop

Okay, so I asked around to find out when a newborn begins pooping. Peeing happens almost immediately. Pooping is basically that sticky tar like meconium stuff. My son hadn’t pooped for a full 24 hours after his birth, and that is considered fine. Most babies I asked about pooped some time during the second day… Read More »

11 First breastfeeding tips

The first breastfeeding can be a stressful time for the new mother, particularly if its your first baby (as mine was). There is so much happening. You have barely registered that the painful labour is now over, you are excited about the baby, family is usually clustered close to see the baby and wish you… Read More »