5 Things Not to Worry about with a Newborn

For many new parents, bringing home a newborn can be terrifying.  This tiny life has now been placed in your hands and you’re not exactly sure what you’re supposed to be doing.  This fear of parenting causes stress for new parents.  While there is a lot to think about as you enter this amazing stage in your life, there are some things not to worry about with a newborn.  Today we’re releasing you from stressing about 5 of the most common new parent concerns.

Holding Your Baby Too Much

Your parents may tell you that you’ll spoil your baby if you hold her too much.  That’s actually NOT true!  Babies want to be held and touched.  In fact, babies need it for their mental and emotional development.  The sense of touch is a babies earliest connection to love and safety, so being held makes your baby feel secure in this great big world on 5 things not to worry about with newborn__1453337181_108.89.137.58the other side of the womb.  Most experts agree that you should hold and comfort your newborn every time she cries, and most would recommend continuing this practice throughout infancy and early toddlerhood, with a few exceptions such as sleep training.  Newborns need to know that a parent or childcare provider will always be there to take care of her basic needs and pacify her fears.  This not only calms babies in the short term, it helps them cope with stressful situations in the future as well.

Whether or Not Your Nursery is Complete

With all the things you need to accomplish before your baby arrives, don’t freak out if the nursery is not ready for a magazine photo shoot by the time you give birth.  Trust us, your baby doesn’t care and she will not know the difference.  As long as you have a warm place for your baby to sleep – whether it is in a barren room or a bassinet beside your own bed – your baby will be just fine.  It will be months before your baby really absorbs anything special you may have placed in her nursery, including toys, bright colors, mobiles or pictures.  Most parents feel pressure to complete their nurseries before their babies are born but this is an artificial deadline.  Don’t let it stress you out.

The Amount of Time Spent Breastfeeding

Each mother and baby pair have a unique breastfeeding experience.  The amount of time your baby spends breastfeeding is not an indication of how much milk she is drinking.  Some mothers have quick let-downs and their milk flows fast.  For others, the flow takes awhile to begin and trickles in slowly.  Also, some babies are fast feeders – they drink what they want and are ready to move on to the next activity.  Other babies like to linger at the breast and find comfort sucking, even after they are full and there is little milk left.  Mothers often fret that their babies aren’t getting enough to eat because they don’t spend much time breastfeeding.  The true indications that your baby is eating well are weight gain, consistent soiled diapers and a sense of satisfaction or contentment after eating.

Certain Milestones

Milestones were initiated by medical experts to help give parents a range of normalcy for childhood development.  However, many parents are distraught when their babies don’t meet certain milestones within the “appropriate” timeframe.  What is often lost in developmental milestones is that some milestones are never met and are not a big deal.  For instance, when your baby learns to roll over or crawl is not necessarily a sign of a handicap.  Some babies take their sweet time rolling over and are perfectly happy lying exactly where they have been placed.  And some babies never crawl at all, but rather find a different mode of transportation before walking.  Talking is another milestone that new parents worry about.  While not talking by three years old may be a sign of a larger issue, not having a first word until well after your baby’s first birthday is no cause for concern.

Baby Acne and Other Minor Skin Conditions

Thanks to a mother’s raging hormones during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, newborns sometimes develop baby acne.  It may not be pleasing to look at, but it is harmless for your baby and will probably go away within a few months after birth.  You can clean facial skin with a gentle baby soap and otherwise let the blemishes run their course.  Other minor skin conditions that occur in newborns are dry flaky skin, cradle cap and diaper rash.  None of these are signs of anything serious unless they become extremely inflamed, cause bleeding or are upsetting your baby greatly.  Most of these conditions can be treated by keeping skin clean and moisturized and using over-the-counter topical creams and ointments designed for babies.