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Going Home: Caring For Your Newborn

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From the team at the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, here is a 37-minute video to help you prepare for your newborn’s earliest days.

RECAP:

Language

Try using "parentese," a sing-song voice with sophisticated and grammatically correct words, when talking to your baby. This is not baby talk (like gaga gugu), which doesn't promote real language.

Touch

Gentle touches and skin-to-skin contact during routines may help to soothe your baby when they are upset. Touch can also build a strong bond between you and your infant.

Eating

Feed your baby whenever they are hungry, but at least every 3 hours. Sleepy babies may need to be woken up to feed.

Safety: Safe Sleep

Your baby is safest sleeping on their back in an empty crib or bassinet.

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If you have any questions about what you've seen here today, ask your provider at your next visit, or contact the Mount Sinai Parenting Center at parentingcenter@mountsinai.org.