Congratulations! You have become proud parents! After months of preparation, pregnancy, and then labor and delivery, a moment’s relief in the hospital and now, on the verge of discharge, reality and panic have set in! What now?
As pediatricians and parents ourselves, we know what you are feeling and we have prepared this pamphlet to help you get started on the best possible footing with your newborn baby.
Fortunately for us parents, babies come with a limited number of needs. Although it will feel clumsy and can be incredibly tiring, parenting does not have to be difficult. For most of us, it is a labor of love. Babies need simply to be clothed, fed, changed and cuddled. They communicate in just one way — by crying — and it becomes our task to figure out what they mean by trial and error. They give us instant feedback when we guess right.
Dr. Spock’s advice to parents a generation ago still holds today — use your good common sense and you will do well. If you are worried about something the baby is doing, or about what you are doing, and this pamphlet does not address it, please call the office (during office hours except for emergencies, please).
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