Newborn Know-How

Here at Karl’s, we’re committed to providing the best for your family at all ages. And because we care, here are a few of our favorite tips on how to master the earliest challenges you’ll face as a new parent.

  1. Don’t Mess With Fevers: As a new parent, your most important responsibility is to keep your baby healthy. Not all fevers are created equal; a high temperature for a toddler means something quite different for an infant. The most accurate way to take a new baby’s temperature is with a rectal thermometer. If the reading comes out above 100.4°, contact your pediatrician immediately and proceed to the nearest emergency room.

To prevent such scares, ensure that any relative or friend who holds your child first washes their hands thoroughly, and does not have cold symptoms. Take your baby’s temperature regularly, especially if there is a notable change in their daily sleeping or feeding patterns.

  1. Breastfeeding Woes: Breastfeeding can be one of the most intimate experiences a mother and child can share, but it’s not always easy. If it’s not something you’re prepared for, or simply are struggling with, this can be a source of major unneeded stress for everyone involved.

Look into taking a class on breastfeeding prior to giving birth, and take advantage of a lactation consultant at the hospital where you give birth. A great resource while in the hospital, this professional can also be a valuable contact once returning home, if you still experience difficulties. If you’ve tried everything and still struggle, don’t despair: remember that the ultimate goal is to bond with your baby, which can be accomplished through many other avenues.

  1. Poop Happens: Even if you’ve already had a child, babies are like snowflakes: no two are the same, and that applies to pooping patterns as well. If they seem to be happy, this should not be a major worry, however, if your child is uncomfortable prior to pooping, a pediatrician should be consulted.

While some babies will only have bowel movements three times a week, others will go each time they eat. For breastfed infants, pooping can occur as many as ten times a day. More important than pooping frequency is the consistency of a child’s stool. Soft and pasty generally means a healthy digestive tract, while hard balls can indicate constipation.

  1. Feeding Frenzy: Babies cry a lot, and often it has nothing to do with hunger. They might need to be changed, or simply want to be held and be around a friendly face. Especially if your baby starts to cry less than an hour after eating, there’s a good chance it has nothing to do with hunger. If you feed your baby every time he or she cries, this will lead to over feeding, and often exhaustion, especially from a breastfeeding mother.

An important strategy in understanding your baby’s feeding habits is to write down how often they do eat, and learn the telltale signs of hunger. An average newborn should be drinking between 1.5 to 3 ounces every 2-3 hours, and their appetite will grow as they do. By the age of two months, they should be able to consume 3-4 ounces every 3-4 hours.

Becoming a new parent is both an exciting and stressful time. Luckily the one thing you don’t need to worry about it the nursery—Karl’s has got you covered.  Located in historic Philadelphia at 724 Chestnut Street, our four-level showroom hosts a huge selection of cribs and other baby room essentials which means you are bound to find the perfect pieces.  Stop by or call us today: (215) 627-2515.