Baby's First Year: Everything You Should Know but Probably Don't!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I hope that the information you find here today will help you in your life someway. Today we will discuss tidbits on issues that are significant to new parents. I will discuss a few issues such as bathing your new baby. In future post I will go into more depth on each of the topics discussed in this particular post. Being a new parent or and expectant one is scary and every little bit of information that you receive will help and ease any fears you may have. So sit back and read todays post also please feel free to post any questions or concerns you may have about new baby care or as and expectant parent under comments. You can also send me and email to with any questions you may have. Remember to visit to find out how to learn all you need to know for your baby's first year of life and do not forget to sign up for my valuable newsletter below! Enjoy!

Baby Care Tidbits
By: Melida Cohen

New parents face many problems and issues that they are expected to understand and deal with immediately. Unfortunately, newborns do not come with an instruction book so here are a few topics that you may need to know about.

Bathing your baby: Until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off one to two weeks after their birth, only give her sponge baths. A cotton ball or cotton swab dampened with alcohol can help to dry the umbilical stump or follow your pediatrician’s directions. After the stump falls off, you can give him a bath in a sink or shallow tub.

Caesarian delivery: A caesarian is usually performed to make delivery safer for you or your baby. C-sections can be done for many different reasons including stalled labor, complicated labor, problems with the baby that may make delivery difficult, or other problems. It does not matter if you deliver vaginally or by a caesarian section, you are still a mother with a beautiful new blessing.

Circumcision: Many doctors agree that there may be some benefit to circumcision, but it may not be absolutely necessary. It may help to lower the risk of urinary tract infections and eliminates just about any chance of penile cancer. Circumcision does not cause long-term emotional problems for your child.

Crib death (SIDS): Many studies have been done regarding SIDS. Although the cause of SIDS has not been definitely defined, there are some correlations that have been made between SIDS and the following things:

Male babies are more likely to die from SIDS than females

Prematurity makes it more likely

Minority children are affected by it more often than non-minorities

More children of young, single mothers die from it

Children who live in a home with one or more smokers are more likely to be affected

Some people say that sleeping with your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS, but the American Academy of Pediatrics disagree with this statement and go on to say that there is a greater risk of SIDS in babies who co-sleep.

Back sleeping is what most pediatricians recommend for babies to decrease the SIDS risk. The reason for this is widely debated between health experts. If you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician.

I hope that you found this post beneficial! Remember that you can visit to find out how to learn all you need to know for your baby's first year! Goodbye...
Melida Cohen


  • Hello Melida I find your blog to be very informative. I have a question about bath time with my baby, everytime I give her a bath she screams, squirms and kicks. She is 6 weeks old and has been doing this from her very first bath. What can I do to calm her down?

    By Anonymous Sheryl Robertson, at 9:42 PM  

  • Hi Sheryl, First I would like to say congratulations on your new baby! Giving baby a bath can be a fun time for baby. Try this trick, bathe baby after her feeding. This trick worked with my oldest son. He used to react to bath time in the same way. After a baby is fed they are usually calm, quiet, and content. So this is the perfect time to bathe her. Keep me posted with your progress and welcome to mother hood!

    By Blogger Melida Cohen, at 11:33 PM  

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