Caring for a Newborn Can be Overwhelming. We Can Help.

Congratulations on your newborn! We imagine you’re feeling a combination of joy, excitement, anxiety, and maybe a bit of fear of the unknown. All those feelings are perfectly normal. 

Whether it’s your first child or your fifth child, every child is different, and caring for them can be wonderful and challenging in unique ways. Pediatrician Dr. Manci Balas and the compassionate medical team at Liberty Pediatrics are here to answer any questions to help you feel less overwhelmed.

How we can help

No doubt, you have lots of questions about your baby’s health and how to best care for your new little one. Well-baby visits are the time for you to get your questions answered and your baby’s vitals checked to help ease your anxiety about if they’re eating, drinking, and sleeping enough.

During the first couple of years of your baby’s life, you will, fortunately, be spending a lot of time in your pediatrician’s office for well-baby exam visits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the first checkup at just 3-5 days old, followed by a checkup at 2 weeks. After the 2-week exam, you should visit your pediatrician at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 months, and 2 years.

During these visits, your doctor will check your baby’s weight, height, and other vitals to make sure they’re hitting all the important milestones. You’ll also learn which milestones are next and what to look for as your baby grows and develops. Your feelings of fear and anxiety will subside as you check in regularly with a caring expert to guide you. 

Newborn care tips

Your doctor will also offer advice on breastfeeding, sleeping, and other ways to help you and your family adjust to its newest member at your well-baby exams. Some advice to help you manage your new larger family include:

Most importantly, it’s essential to give yourself a break. Don’t expect that you’ll be able to accomplish everything you used to do before you had a baby. For example, don’t worry too much about keeping the house spotless — or even clean. Know that things will get easier, and then hard again, but in a different way. 

Dr. Balas and the team at Liberty Pediatrics are available to answer your questions. Ready to schedule your next newborn care visit? Call Liberty Pediatrics in Vestavia, Alabama to request an appointment online through this website. 

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