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Newborn Care Basics: Tips for New Parents

When you have a newborn, the smallest little lives need special attention to stay healthy. Phoenix Pediatrics is here for expecting and new parents with a dedicated team of pediatric providers to help you with newborn care in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ. Read our tips for newborn care and contact us to make an appointment for your newborn.

Handling a Newborn

Handwashing is important for stopping the spread of germs, especially to protect newborns. You should always wash or disinfect your hands and arms before handling the baby. Always support the baby's head and neck when handling them, and always be gentle with a newborn. Never shake a baby, even to try and wake them. Shaking a baby can result in permanent brain damage and death.

Bathing a Newborn

Sponge bathing is the first step for bathing your newborn. Use this method until the umbilical cord has fallen off, or the circumcision has completely healed. When you start bathing, use lukewarm water and cleansers made for babies. Wash your baby gently using soft washcloths. You should only bathe the baby 2-3 times a week. Bathing them any more frequently can dry out their delicate skin.


Breastfeeding starts immediately while you are still in the hospital, but don't panic if your baby does not eat well immediately. It is normal if it takes some time for you and your baby to develop good habits together. You should nurse about every three hours. Try to maintain a feeding schedule so your baby eats enough.

Tips For New Parents

You need to try and sleep when your baby is sleeping. The first few months will be hectic no matter what your schedule is, so sleep when you can for your own health and to help manage the stress that comes along with a tiny new family member.

More Help With Your Newborn

When you need help with newborn care, our pediatricians are standing by. To make an appointment with one of our pediatricians, contact Phoenix Pediatrics, serving Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ, at (602) 242-5121.

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