What to Expect When Baby Comes Home


We had a great time at Swaddle last week in Homewood! Between a great group of moms-to-be; OB/GYN, Dr. Wendy Gregory and the “Baby Whisperer,” Cheryl Kirkland, the baby conversation never stopped.

We thought we’d report back with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions the expectant moms had for our experts.

What if I have problems with breastfeeding?

Within about 30 minutes of delivery, Brookwood Baptist nurses will put baby to breast. Our Certified Lactation Consultants will soon come by to get you started with breastfeeding while you’re still in the hospital. After you go home, they’ll call, make appointments with you and encourage you to attend a breastfeeding support group. It may take about two weeks to get used to breastfeeding, so don’t give up! If it doesn’t work for you, formula is a great option.

What’s the best way to burp a baby?

Babies aren’t as fragile as you might think. After feeding, hold them up and stretch their bodies out to let the gas pass through. Then put baby over your shoulder and give a few good pats on the back – you should make some noise when doing this! Apply pressure right above baby’s bottom by rubbing and pushing.

Should I wake my newborn up to eat or let them keep sleeping?

Plan on about three feedings in the morning and three feedings in the afternoon. Make it your goal to do one really good feeding at night. You need to get them good and awake twice a day even if that means waking baby up. Turning on all the lights at night or playing music usually works. Remember that newborns often go back to sleep at the breast, so they may not be getting as much as you think.

How will I know when it’s time to start a schedule?

Keep a log from the very beginning to record everything your baby does – eating, sleeping, diaper changes, etc. When the time comes, you’ll start to see a natural pattern that you can follow and areas where you might need to do things a little differently.

Should I swaddle my baby?

All the veteran moms highly recommend swaddling. Babies have no muscle control, so tightly wrapping them in a blanket provides stability and comfort that mimics the womb. Start swaddling early but only use for naptime and bedtime; not when baby is awake.

Should I give my baby a pacifier?

Only if you use it solely for its intended purpose, which is soothing baby. Use caution when used as a means to get baby to stop crying.

When should I start baby wearing?

If this is something you plan to do, start early – don’t expect a four month old baby who’s never been in a carrier before to like it. Baby’s love being close to you, so take advantage of their contentment and your free hands to clean the house, make dinner or go to the grocery store.

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