During his first week, your newborn may shed up to 10% of his weight! Blame the loss of water weight, plus a super quick digestion process for your baby's weight loss--and for all those dirty diapers!
It's normal for a newborn to experience the moro reflex, a newborn reflex that causes him to arch his back and extend his limbs when startled. For this reason, your new infant may be most comfortable if you swaddle him in a blanket.
An infant is colicky if they cry for more than 3 hours in a row, at least 3 times a week, for 3 weeks.
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Your baby is extremely sensitive to temperature changes, so immediately wrap them in a towel. Pat, don't rub, them dry. Watch this video for more details about baby bathtime!
Use soap specifically formulated for infants. Gently wash, paying attention to genitals, folds in arms, legs and hands. Avoid using an adult soap. Watch for more details about baby bathtime.
Fill your baby bathtub or kitchen sink with 2-3 inches of water. Babies are comfortable in slightly cooler water. Put them in the water slowly, remembering to support their neck and head! Watch this video for more details about bath time.