Newborn Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Mother and newborn sleeping in a hospital bed with skin-to-skin contact

    11 Medical Decisions to Make for Your Baby Before Delivery (or someone else will make them for you)

      In the first few hours of your baby’s life you will need to make 11 medical decisions for your tiny new person, or someone else will make them for you.  I’ve attended deliveries for more than a decade at five different hospitals, and it’s shocking how few mothers are able to make educated decisions […]

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    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Prepare Your Child Early For A New Baby

    When rounding on newborn babies in the hospital I make it a point to ask if there is an older sibling.  How old is the new big sister and/or brother? Who is taking care of them now?  How has your family helped to prepare the child for the new baby? It is normal for children to experience a […]

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    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Newborn Secrets

    As a pediatrician I find that many parents have similar concerns and questions about their newborn.  Here are responses to some of the most frequent questions I get from parent about their healthy baby: 1) Why is my newborn sneezing?  Does the baby have a cold? A: It is normal for newborns to sneeze.  It […]

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  • Caucasian pre-school age girl admires her new baby sister as her mom holds her up to show it to her

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Naming Your Child

    Baby names are a big deal.  There are many considerations to be made such as cultural traditions, family names and how the name will sound with the baby’s surname.  There are constituencies (family and friends) to satisfy.  The name must be smart, elegant/dashing, fun, interesting, dynamic, CEO-esk and not too common but not too weird. […]

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  • Asian father holds newborn baby girl while mother (out of focus) makes a call from her hospital bed

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: New Fathers

    “Wow, you are an expert at that,” says the man at my side watching me effortlessly swaddle his newborn in a blanket.  “Yeah, I’ve had practice,” I reply.  After years of swaddling my own three children and thousands of newborns I had better be an “expert” swaddler.  But his comment isn’t about me.  It is […]

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  • Was Breastfeeding Worth It

    Was Breastfeeding Worth It?

    I had to breastfeed my son. I HAD to. My husband is a Type 1 Diabetic and has Celiac Disease and everything I had read said I had to exclusively nurse or my baby’s chances of getting those diseases were much higher. The pediatrician said it was the easiest thing in the world. The only […]

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    pH and Common Baby Skin Conditions

    Nearly every baby will experience some form of rash in the first year – ranging from baby acne to eczema and diaper rash. While there are varying causes of these problems, some known and many unknown, one thing we know for sure is that a skin problem is nearly always associated with an imbalance in […]

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  • Probiotics and Skin pH

    Probiotics and Skin pH

    Baby’s skin is literally teaming with micro-flora (bacteria) within 48 hours after birth. That is a good thing! While most of our internal body cavities are functionally sterile, the health of those areas that come into direct contact with the outside world – such as through the air we breath and food we eat – […]

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  • Tear Free Cleansers and pH

    Does My Baby Need “No More Tears”™ Shampoo?

    Skin pH, while a hugely important topic for baby skin health, can be one of the least understood subject matters by new parents. This is a scenario where some of our most basic tenets of healthy body function can be overlooked due to the influence of popular marketing ideas, combined with a solid dose of […]

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  • Baby Skin - From Water to Air

    Baby Skin – From Water to Air

    Baby skin is significantly different from adult skin. It can be five times thinner than adult skin and its basic functions – from producing protective skin oils to making enough melanin to provide natural sun protection – haven’t fully kicked in. In fact, skin is one of the few organs that isn’t fully developed at […]

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