How to prepare for the arrival of my newborn?

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One of the most cautious drives you’ll ever take is the one bringing your baby home with you. Your newborn looks and feels fragile, and he or she represents a new of world of uncertainty.

Here’s what you need to know to make your transition to parenthood easier.
It’s true: There’s no official instruction manual for becoming a parent.

But relax.

You’re not the first parent to wonder why you’ve been entrusted with a little person without an instruction manual. The 40 weeks of pregnancy allow time for more than just picking out names; it’s your opportunity to plan and prepare. The more you know about your newborn, the better equipped you’ll be when he or she arrives.
Once your baby is born, doctors will be looking for a few key signs that your angel is healthy and ready to go home. Newborns must also demonstrate that they can feed well.

Regardless of whether he or she’s breastfed or bottle-fed, he or she should be wetting at least three or four diapers in a 24-hour period. Click here to learn more about how to feed your little one!
Watch for these signs that it’s time to call your pediatrician:

  • Your newborn’s breathing is faster or irregular.
  • You notice blueness or darkness on the lips or face. 
  • Your newborn has a fever.
  • Your newborn’s body temperature has dropped. Click here to learn more about fever in babies.
  • You see signs of dehydration (less than 3 to 4 wet diapers in a 24-hour period).
  • Your baby’s belly button or circumcision area looks infected.
  • Your newborn’s jaundice does not decrease by the fifth day.
  • Your baby is crying a lot or appears sluggish. (click here to learn more about the reasons for crying)
  • You think your baby is not looking or feeling well.