At home with your baby

There are things you will want to pay attention to when you and your baby are at home together.

Diaper rash

Common causes

  • Infrequent changing of soiled diapers
  • Introduction to solid foods
  • Mother’s diet (milk products)

Prevention and treatment

  • Wash your hands before changing
  • Check diaper frequently
  • Choose mild wipes
  • Pat the area dry instead of rubbing
  • Be sure the area is completely clean and dry prior to putting on a new diaper
  • Use a cream or ointment with zinc oxide
  • Try different diaper brands
  • Mother’s diet (may need to eliminate an irritant)

Urine output

  • After seven days of life, your baby should have at least 6-8 wet diapers in a 24-hour period
  • If your baby is receiving enough milk, the infant will have adequate wet diapers
  • Your baby should nurse at least 8-12 times per day

Poopy diapers

  • After seven days of life, babies should have at least four poopy diapers a day
  • His or her stool will change from sticky, black, tarry stools to brown, then to mustard yellow color (if breastfeeding)

Cord care

  • Cleanse with soap and water once daily
  • The cord will fall off on its own
  • Watch for diaper irritation at the cord site
  • Do not give your baby a bath until the umbilical cord site is completely healed

Crib safety

  • Make sure you put your baby to sleep on their back
  • Have a firm mattress with a fitted sheet and no toys, pillows, blankets, or bumper pads in the crib
  • Keep your baby in a room near you
  • Do not allow smoking around your baby or allow pets to be in the crib

Dressing your baby

  • Babies have a harder time regulating their body temperature
  • Dress your baby in one more layer than you are wearing and have extra clothing, blankets and bibs available