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Hello mamas. I hope you are doing just wonderful today. our topic today is about the most common questions new parents ask. I was a new parent before so I understand that you will have some questions that you need answered. So today , I will explore the most common questions you may ask as a first time mom.

If you have any questions that you are concerned about, feel free to leave in the comments.

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1. How long will I be hospitalized for?

It varies from person to person, depending on how you and your kid are doing as well as the type of birth you had; it’s vital to accept the medical staff’s judgment in this regard. You might spend a little longer in the hospital than you anticipated if you or your baby require special care or if you underwent a Caesarean section. A first time moms usually spend 48 hours (2 days) for a normal delivery without complications, and 3-4 days for a Cesarean section.

The midwives are available to help and guide you whether you are at a hospital or at home. If you need assistance, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

2. What happens after I leave hospital?

In the first 10 days your midwife will visit you at home and support you – including helping you breastfeed, if that’s what you’ve chosen to do. You’ll have been given your neonatal notes when you leave hospital, and this will help your midwife and health visitor to make sure everything is going well. You’ll also need to register your baby at your GP practice and apply for a birth certificate within 2 weeks of the birth.

As long as your baby has a safe place to sleep and a place you can change and bathe them you’re all set. The more you can organise before you go to hospital, the less stressed you’ll feel when you get home.

3. Do I really need a car seater ?

No matter how you get your wee one home – in your car, a family or friend’s car, or taxi, your baby needs to be in a car seat. You’re bound to be nervous in that first ride home, so make sure that the car seat fits all the safety requirements. It just means there’s one less thing to think about. You can read more about car safety here.

4. What if my baby needs special attention?

Having a baby who needs neonatal care is worrying for parents, and it’s important to get the information and support you need. Babies may need special care for a number of reasons – such as being born early, of if they are very small and have a low birthweight, have an infection or if the delivery was difficult.

It’s natural to feel anxious if your baby needs special care. Talk over any worries and fears with the hospital staff – and ask them to explain any treatment your baby is given and why. If you understand what’s happening, you can help your baby get the best possible care.

Many hospitals have counselling and advice services. The charity Bliss also provides lots of information and support for parents with babies being cared for in a neonatal unit. You can find out more on the Bliss website.

It can also help to hear other parents talk about their experiences of having a baby in special care

5. Why is my baby cry so much and how do I cope?

As you and your baby develop a secure attachment it will be easier for you to pick up on cues and respond quickly to your little one. Some babies do cry more than others though. It can help to go through a checklist of what the problem might be, but if you’re worried, speak to your midwife, health visitor or have a look at Ready Steady Baby for some pointers.

It can be frustrating and emotionally draining when your baby won’t seem to stop crying. So if you’re getting upset, pop them down in a safe place or ask someone else to hold them so you can get a break. Sometimes a cuddle, a warm bath or heading out for a walk for a change of scene can help babies stop crying. Over time, you will be able to recognise your baby’s cues and be able to respond to them quicker and prevent crying – but it takes time to learn. Be patient with yourself and the baby.

6. What is colic and what can I do to prevent it?

There is a chance the crying could be caused by colic. Colic is the name for excessive, frequent crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy. It’s a common problem that affects up to one in five babies. You’ll find helpful advice on what to do if you think your baby has colic here or speak to your midwife or health visitor.

7.How often do I change my baby’s diaper?

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Your newborn will poo several times a day and pee at least 5-6 times a day. You don’t need much to change a nappy – just a changing mat or towel will do, plus some cotton wool or wet wipes. You might also prefer the idea of a changing table. It’s a lot easier on your back – but just make sure you don’t leave your baby alone, in case they fall.

You’ll soon get the hang of perfect nappy changes, but here’s a 10 step guide to help you.

What you’ll see in your baby’s nappy will look quite different over the first month. Wet and dirty nappies are a sign that your baby is getting enough milk. So don’t worry when the number of heavy, wet nappies increases each day – that’s normal. And don’t be surprised when you see changes in the colour and texture of your wee one’s poo – that’s normal, too.

8. Will I be a competent mom?

This is a question that most first time moms do not say verbally, but may be thinking: ” Will I be able to take care of my baby as a first time mom?” I wondered this when I was pregnant with my first baby. I was very surprised when I found out that as my baby grew and I learned my baby, I was able to care for my baby very well.

However I would agree if I had taken a class, it would have definitely prepared me for the journey. As a new mom you need to be aware of your baby’s feeding cues, breastfeeding, bathing, cleaning baby’s umbilicus, balancing and managing postpartum and much more. A newborn care , and breastfeeding class, would have definitely helped me out.

Mama, you have God -given motherly instincts to care for your baby. You do not have to wonder if you will be a competent mom. Do your best and let God do the rest. If you have relatives like your mom or persons you can talk to and trust, you can ask them about your concerns.


So we have come to the end of the most 7 common questions new parents ask:

  1. 1. How long will I be hospitalized for? As you know new mamas with no complications stay for 2 days, and 3-4 days if you had a C-section.
  2. 2. What happens after I leave hospital? You will be visited by a midwife within 10 days to help you with some homeware for yourself and baby.
  3. 3. Do I really need a car seater ? Yes you do need a car seater to take baby home. Keeping baby safe is a priority.
  4. 4. What if my baby needs special attention? If your baby needs special attention, you will be prepared.
  5. 5. Why is my baby crying so much and how do I cope? Most babies cry a lot. You will learn your baby’s routine over time. Be patient with the process.
  6. 6. What is colic and what can I do to prevent it? A common issue that makes baby very uncomfortable.
  7. 7.How often do I change my baby’s diaper? Learning to change your baby’s diaper is one of the easiest things you can learn. Anything you learn as a first time mom, make it fun
  8. 8. Will I be a competent mom? Every mom wants to be competent in caring for their baby. Nowadays there are classes available to help new mamas prepare for the arrival of their baby.

If you would like to comment or you might have another question you would like me to talk about, go right ahead and let me know. I know that you can be that mom who can take care of her infant in the best way possible. I believe in you. Go forth in full confidence knowing that God is with you.

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