Changing diapers is a big part of your days (and nights!) as a new mom. Haven’t got the hang of it yet? Here are some tips you may appreciate.
Give Me a D!
Is your child among the 70% of American kids who don’t get enough vitamin D? A recent study says this lack of the sunshine vitamin could raise his risks of higher blood pressure, heart disease and lower levels of good cholesterol. There are ways to help your little one get enough: 1) encourage her to include vitamin D-fortified milk, yogurt, orange juice and oily fish such as tuna in her diet and 2) get 10-15 minutes of sun exposure without sunscreen a few times per week. Some children may need vitamin D supplements as well; ask your pediatrician for advice.
Most newborns need to be fed every two to three hours – or eight to 12 times a day – until they regain the weight they often lose in the first few days of life. Most babies get back to their birth weight within one to two weeks after birth. During this period, you may need to wake him for feedings if he sleeps more than four hours at a time. While you might hesitate to wake him, it may be better than waiting until he starts crying from hunger. Frequent feedings also help establish your milk supply if you’re breastfeeding. After your baby reaches his birth weight, you can usually wait until he wakes on his own to feed him. If he was born prematurely or you’re concerned about his feeding pattern or weight gain, talk to his pediatrician about specific feeding guidelines.