Taking Your Baby Home: Caring for Your Newborn
You may feel both excited and scared about bringing your baby home from the hospital. It is normal to feel this way. Being prepared can go a long way in making you feel more confident and making your baby feel more comfortable.
What will your newborn need? The essentials include food, clothes, diapers, and a quiet and safe place to sleep. Of course, your baby will also rely on you for love and attention.
Whether breastfed or bottlefed, a newborn needs to be fed throughout the day. In the first few weeks, you should wake your baby to feed if 3-4 hours have passed since the last feeding. Unless they are premature or have special nutritional needs, you may not need to wake them up overnight, they usually wake up on their own.
If you are breastfeeding, you will likely need to feed your baby every 2-3 hours. Or your baby may have 6-10 formula feedings (2-4 ounces each) per day. If you do decide to use formula, be sure to follow the product’s instructions for storing and warming it.
Some supplies that you may need include:
- Bottles and nipples
- Bibs, washcloths, and towels
- Breast-fed babies need extra vitamin D
Last reviewedMay 2014by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.