Welcome back! If you have looming questions like most of us mama’s did when we became new moms, then I am here to help you! In this post you will find 10 of the most frequently asked questions by most new moms (including myself) and answers to help you! I have learned these answers not only through my own experience as a new mother, but countless hours researching information from credible sources.

In addition to this post, I also have a video with details of all 10 question for you to check out.

Sidenote: I am a huge advocate for Mom’s on Call which is a book written by 2 pediatric nurses covering EVERY concern you could possible have! Do yourself a favor and go check it out. 

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How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

Babies up to 12 months old need at least 24 ounces of breastmilk/formula per day. If you are bottle feeding, it is easier to gauge this amount. However, if you are breastfeeding, this becomes a guessing game. In the beginning there is such a learning curve about breastfeeding, but then you have to wonder if they are getting enough. I get it! Here are questions to ask yourself that will indicate if your baby is getting enough. Is you baby satisfied after nursing? Does your baby urinate at least every other feeding? Is the inside of your baby’s lip smooth and moist? Is the soft spot NOT markedly sunken? Does your baby have several 20-30 minute periods of alertness throughout the day? Is your let-down reflex present? These were questions that were in my Holy Grail of books called Moms on Call. If you haven’t heard of it, then get on Amazon and get it. I promise it is a LIVE SAVER! 

When will my baby sleep through the night?

Let me start by saying this is relative! Being consistent is the most important rule to follow, which is hard but necessary. I swaddled our son until he was a little over 3 months old because babies have a natural startle reflex that wakes them up. Swaddling helps to prevent them from waking themselves up and stay asleep. Also, have I mentioned Moms on Call yet? This is how I trained our son to sleep. Sleep training is HARD! BUT, after the many nights standing in his room rocking him, crying, and pleading with God to let him fall asleep so that I could, my dedication paid off. Hudson started sleeping around 6 hours at 1.5 months, 10 hours at 2.5 months old, and by 3 months he was sleeping 12 ours a night (and still does to this day). Needless to say, this tired mama was so relieved. Its amazing how much a good night’s sleep rejuvenates you! Hudson slept in a Rock-n-Play Sleeper in our room for about 3 weeks, then I moved him into his crib. Remember the ABC’s of safe sleep-Alone, on the Back, in the Crib. There are very mixed views on where babies should sleep and how long babies should sleep in the parent’s room. This is a personal decision and you may disagree with my method. That’s cool-all mamas are different and all babies are different. You do you boo;) No judgement here! I was comfortable moving Hudson into his room because I have a video monitor as well as an Owlet (HR and respiration monitor).

Remember Safe Sleep

Am I holding my baby too much?

No.Such.Thing. There are studies that show holding your baby and lots of close contact actually changes their genes (for the better)! Check out one of the scientific articles here. Babies that are being touched and held frequently impacts their brain and has lasting impacts on their cognitive development, communication, and behavior later in their life. See…science says hold that baby!! I held mine so much people probably thought we were still connected at the umbilical cord LOL.

Is green poop normal?

Sigh. I must admit I spent WAY TOO MUCH time analyzing poop. I mean seriously-I became obsessed. Yes, believe it or not you will probably too. Its a mom thing apparently! Let me give it to your straight-breastfed babies can have stools ranging from yellow/seedy, yellowish brown to green. Yes, green. This was the one I was so concerned about. Formula fed babies can have stools that are darker in color but still can vary from yellow to brown to green. So, green poop is normal! I got so bent out of shape because out of the blue Hudson started having green poop. I read all kinds of things and asked nurses and pediatricians questions about this and they simply said its normal! Whew! Good to know!

Is it bad to wake a sleeping baby?

The easy answer to this is no-especially if you are trying to get/keep baby on a schedule. I use to have to wake up Hudson every couple of hours for him to eat which helped me keep him on a schedule. The older they get (toddlers) the worse it may be to wake them, especially if they are down to 1 nap a day.

How many layers should I put on my baby to go outside?

A good rule of thumb is that you dress your baby according to how you are dressed, then put one extra layer on top of them. This could be a blanket, coat, etc. If it is cold enough your baby may need mittens and a hat.

When can I take my baby out in public?

According to most pediatricians, it is safe to take baby out for short periods of time around 6 weeks, but stay away from people/kids who may be sick. My doctor said it was alright for me to leave the house with Hudson at 6 weeks as long as I didn’t go to a kids birthday party or something like that. At 8 weeks-most babies are cleared to be out and about without much worry-but still stay away from sick people.

If I have a glass of wine, do I need to pump and dump?

I would recommend that you pump/feed your baby prior to drinking that way you will have already emptied your breasts. If you just have one and you wait a few hours you should be alright to deed your baby again as normal. However, if you continue to indulge (no judgment mama-we all need to wind down occasionally) then I would recommend either pumping and dumping or test with the milk strips. Target sells a brand called Upspring Milk Screen for Breastfeeding that includes testing strips indicating if you have alcohol in your breast milk. The test strip will change color in response to even low levels of alcohol in breast milk.

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When do babies start eating food?

Typically you can start babies on baby oatmeal and stage 1 baby foods around 4 months old. It is not important to focus on the amounts, but to focus on getting them used to textures, tastes, etc. They are still getting majority of their nutrition from their milk. Start with baby oatmeal mixed with breast milk for 3 days morning and afternoon and start transitioning them into some stage one baby foods such as apples.

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When is a fever high enough to call the pediatrician?

You should call the pediatrician if a fever is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for a baby under 3 months old. For babies over 3 months old, you should contact the pediatrician if the fever is 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Always check temperatures rectally for babies under 18 months old. This is the most accurate way to check a temperature.

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