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Taking Your Baby Home
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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1: My Development

I prefer to lie in my crib on my back. Please do not let me sleep on my belly until I can roll both from my back to my stomach and from my stomach to my back. Sleeping on my back will lessen my chances of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS).

I will spend the majority of the first two weeks at home sleeping, eating and having many wet and dirty diapers.

Most of my body movements will seem strange to you, but they are all normal. Do not let me scare you with all the noises that I make.

If I sneeze a lot, this is normal and does not mean that I have a cold. My eyes may look swollen for a few days because of the strain of my delivery. Before long, I will not be able to take my eyes off of you.

Just enjoy me, it only gets better! If you have any questions about me before my first office visit, please feel free to call the office.

Once you get me home and settled, do not forget to call and make an appoint¬ment for my first visit with my pediatrician. They would like to see us 3-4 days after we leave the hospital.

 

 

2: Do I Really Need A Car Seat When I Leave The Hospital?

ABSOLUTELY. You should never allow your baby to travel in a car unless well strapped in a safe car seat. Problems can occur whether you are traveling long distances or just going around the block.

When setting up your car seat, make sure you follow the directions. Improperly used car seats can be dangerous. If your car seat calls for a tether strap, please be sure to follow the directions on proper installation.

Before you leave the hospital, be sure to have your car seat strapped in your car. Adjusting the straps takes a few minutes to figure out. It is helpful to borrow a friend's doll (Cabbage Patch Doll), around 21 inches long and adjust the straps to fit this size doll.

If you have older children, they should always be strapped in a car seat. You will set a good example by using your seat belt whenever traveling.

 

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