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    Caring for Your Newborn – Boys Town Pediatrics

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Hi, I’m Dr. Heather Zimmerman—pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics. After a few days home with your newborn, you may have many questions you never thought of before leaving the hospital. The Caring for Your Newborn video addresses common questions on newborn feeding and sleeping, physical and emotional development and when to contact your pediatrician. Over the next few weeks your baby will be developing right before your eyes. Enjoy these precious moments. We are so excited to be with you on this journey. Your baby is growing! Which also means your baby is hungry. Most breast fed newborns will feed for about 10…

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    Bonding with Your Newborn – Boys Town Pediatrics Quick Tip

    One of the best ways is to do skin to skin contact with your baby starting right after birth. Additionally, the baby’s best visual link is when they’re in the crux of their parent’s arms. Babies can really see contrast so making different facial expressions and talking to your infant, even if your infant can’t talk back to you; make sure you keep that running conversation with them. Hearing your voice will really help facilitate that bonding relationship between a parent and a child.

  • Newborn Sleep Patterns – Boys Town Pediatrics
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    Newborn Sleep Patterns – Boys Town Pediatrics

    It is a fact that newborn babies do not sleep through the night which means that neither do parents. So our best recommendation for parents in the first few weeks is to just be patient, because usually up until two months there is really no sleep pattern and babies are up frequently throughout the night. Usually around the ages of three months to six months babies develop a better sleep routine and some babies will start to sleep through the night or at least go six to eight hours in the evening with a full stretch of sleep.

  • How much will my newborn sleep? – Boys Town Pediatrics
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    How much will my newborn sleep? – Boys Town Pediatrics

    Infants can sleep 16 to 20 hours in those first two weeks of life. After two weeks of life, infants will start to wake up and have more alert time during the daytime. They’re still going to have day/night reversal so make sure parents are taking those naps during the daytime when baby is sleeping. It’s going to take about 6 weeks for your infant to figure out the difference between daytime and nighttime and start to sleep more restfully at nighttime and be up more during the daytime.

  • Feeding newborn twins at the same time – Boys Town Pediatrics Quick Tip
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    Feeding newborn twins at the same time – Boys Town Pediatrics Quick Tip

    There are several different options for feeding your newborn twins whether you’re going to be bottle feeding, or breast feeding, or a combination of both. When you’re bottle feeding your baby you’re going to need to have some support because cannot hold two babies at the same time with two bottles. I think using boppy pillows supported on a couch or two bouncy seats is one of the best ways to be able to feed both babies at the same time. If you decide to breast feed your twins this is something you can successfully accomplish. One of the best tools to use is a specialized nursing pillow specifically for…

  • Preparing for Your Newborn – Boys Town Pediatrics
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    Preparing for Your Newborn – Boys Town Pediatrics

    Congratulations! You’re having a baby. Hi, I’m Dr. Kelli Shidler—pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics. We have put together a short video to help you prepare for your newborn with information on choosing the right pediatrician, what to expect at the hospital and surviving the first few weeks at home. We hope this video answers some of your questions and creates new questions for you to ask your pediatrician. Congratulations on your new arrival and welcome to parenthood. You have already taken one of the most important steps in your child’s health—choosing a pediatrician. Pediatricians are medical physicians who spend three additional years of specialized training devoted to the care of…

  • Newborn Expo  Breastfeeding vs Formula – Boys Town Pediatrics
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    Newborn Expo Breastfeeding vs Formula – Boys Town Pediatrics

    I’m Gina DiRenzo-Coffey. I’m a pediatrician here with Boys Town and actually right now you are sitting in my waiting room and Boys Town has asked me to come in today and talk about breast feeding versus formula. The first few weeks are stressful. They are hard, there is a learning curve. You have to figure out what you’re doing, the baby has to figure out what they are doing. Give it that time. When you bottle feed a baby you can look at the bottle and see that they took an ounce and a half, that’s perfect. When you breast feed a baby you don’t have that objective number.…

  • Newborn Expo: Toys For Your Baby – Boys Town Pediatrics
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    Newborn Expo: Toys For Your Baby – Boys Town Pediatrics

    Around four to six months is when all those baby toys that you’ve bought, you’ll actually use. Your baby’s motor skills aren’t really there until about four months but then around four months they start being able to grab. This is when their body is actually coordinated enough to explore, so the mouth and the hands are just working all the time to check this out, check this out. It doesn’t mean that your baby is hungry necessarily. It just means it is trying to figure out what this new object is. I kind of like to encourage parents to avoid the electronic baby toys and just go for things…