Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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Q&A: Tips for dealing with teething?

Know any great ways to soothe baby when teething is making him (and me) crazy?

Re: Know any great ways to soothe baby when teething is making him (and me) crazy?

The Bump Expert

Common sense tells you to let baby chew on something, of course. But chew on what? Anything else you can do? What pain killers work best? We put the question out to you, and here's the great user tips we've gotten so far...

> Samncarl05 (Ohio, mom to 6-month-old Lillian Grace):

"I wet a portion of a wash cloth and put it in the freezer for a 1/2 hour. I let DD chew on the wash cloth then. She loves it! The wet part is where they chew and the non wet part for them to hold, so their hands don't freeze!

Also, I heard with teething comes diaper rash so to prevent further discomfort I use A & D every diaper change.

If all else fails. Tylenol and lots of love and cuddling!"

> Madhatter2003 (Virginia, mom to 6-month-old Alexandra):

"Tylenol or Motrin....Motrin lasts longer =)

Also, try using:

- Cold teething rings - not frozen though. They are too hard then for her gums. I just refrigerate them.

- Frozen washcloth trick

- Orajel - this creates a drooly mess though!"

> Molldoll71 (New Jersey, mom to 6-month-old Billy):
"I second the extra hugs and cuddles. Also he has a Nuby teething ring that he loves. "

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re: Q: Teething tips?

Depending on the age of your child, I cut up some peaches and put them in the freezer. My dd loved them so much. However I also found pacifiers that were made for teething. They have raised nobbs at the base of the pacifier. It seems to help my dd alot.

melwillingham25 |

re: Q: Teething tips?

DD loves the fresh fruit holders. It is a little net thing that you can pop a strawberry or any fruit into. She can chew on the cool fruit, enjoy the taste of the juice and help with her sore gums. Plus, you don't have to worry about her choking on pieces of fruit. I love it!

JSORIANO |

re: Q: Teething tips?

I've heard more than a few Pediatricians say not to use Orajel, there is not enough info. on the ingredients and side effects. Even Baby Orajel. Camilia by Boiron has single dose sterile drops, they work wonderfully. Sometimes you just need one, sometimes 2 or 3 but it's safe and pretty much impossible to give too much. I wouldn't use Tylenol either unless nothing else works. Then, of course, you would not want your baby to suffer unnecessary pain.

Caitlin0611 |

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holds son every-time he cries or whines for momma ;)

sandcastled11sco |

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I use Hyland's teething tablets (all natural) and they melt instantly on the tongue. Two tablets usually lasts 2 - 4 hours. I found them on Amazon.com

sweetie500 |

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Our little guy is getting his top 4 teeth in all at the same time :( Very miserable little boy. We tried everything but it seems like Motrin is the only thing that works for his pain. We do use the Hyland's teething tablets during the day if he isn't fussing as much (found them at Target) and definitely lots of cuddles. He is getting up 7x a night right now which is really so hard on him (and us) but he just wants to snuggle and chew on something. Poor thing! I hate watching him be in pain :(. We try everything first before giving it to him. The orajel doesn’t last long at all – usually only a few minutes. I guess it is good if the pain meds have not kicked in yet but for us we don’t want to be giving him that 20 times a day….that can’t be good.

babystrub |

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My pediatrician told me that you can use children s benadryl.. you dab your finger in it a couple of times and rub it on his gums it has a natural topical numbing ingredient in it but it only works on open areas... like your gums...also works great for adults with toothaches :) so far that, Tylenol/Motrin and lots of TLC have been getting him through this..

prettyeyescouser |

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Like the person below mentioned- we use a mesh feeder with slices of frozen fruit. The coldness soothes her gums and the yumminess of the fruit keeps her attention.

Ambsies |

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I was informed by my doctor that baby orajel is not good for babies. It can cause the back of their throat to numb and could possibly cause the baby to choke on either their tongue or saliva. I don't know if this is 100% true, however I know I don't want to take any chances!

mksink |

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frozen peas or frozen blueberries in a mesh feeder really soothes my little one!

RoccosModernMom |

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Frozen sugar cane sticks ( cut them in half before you freeze them) as they chew on them they form to the gums. They taste good just remember to wipe teeth after they are done and babies love them. My son's father is Cuban and my mother in law lives with us. It is amazing what you can learn if you can tolerate having a second mother in the house.

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teething tablets have been recalled ... http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm230761.htm?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4cc4feb9589d0fd6%2C0

debkev |

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hylands also has a teething gel.

Kaddee |

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be careful with motrin as you can only use it on babies of a certain age. Tylenol and orajel are what works the best for Ethan.

jesz83 |

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As with all infant drops, both Tylenol and Motrin you use weight to dose if known otherwise you use age. Most parents know their weights of their little ones since they have regular checkups. Motrin works best for both of my girls. Plus generally inflammation with teething and Motrin is best for that. Tylenol is only good for pain relief. Plus Hylands and teething rings gets us through the tough parts. My oldest had her first 2 teeth in really early and always had at least 2 coming in at a time,. Now my 3 month old has about 3 that we know of coming in. My poor baby. We also find that holding her alot when she seems to be in the most discomfort helps alot.

amanda762 |

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I have recently found a pacifier called a "RaZZberry", Babies r us is the only place I have found that carries them. The whole pacifer is flexible so baby can chew on any part. The nipple is shaped to form a berry and the texture is bumpy just enough so baby stays happy. The sides of the paci resembles leaves. It comes in blue, red, pink, an purple. They work so well, and are so cute!

JoniJobeth |

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We are using this homeopathic remedy with natural chamomile which soothes and calms our little guy (6mos.) http://www.amazon.com/Gentle-Naturals-Homeopathic-Teething-Drops/dp/B002OHE5XU - hope they help!

danax |

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So far Motrin has worked for me. And I know a lot of people say it's the "age" for motrin, but think about it. Does Motrin know the age of your baby? No. The amount has to do with the WEIGHT of your baby and if your baby's BODY can handle the medicine, not your baby's age. If your baby weighs enough, and mine surely does, then you can give your baby the amount of motrin it says to for that weight range. And here's something that hasn't been said. I put babyfood in the mesh things and hang it in the freezer. Of course it drips a little, so I just put a paper towel under where it's hanging and it works miracles!! It's like a little popsicle and she gets her nutrients from the baby food. If I would let her, she would eat 5 at a time!

cmariehill |

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My ped and dentist say no orajel. It is known for firming the gums and creating an almost calius on them, which makes it even harder for teeth to break through and lengthens teething. Teething tabs, or the hylans teething gel are safe bets as they told me. Also, the cold washcloth works wonders! (no motrin or ibuprofen under 4months, their livers are often not formed enough to handle it. Tylenol however is ok) hope it helps!

Mrs.NewArmyWife |

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Echo loves chewing on a piece of leather from craft store wash it really good then give it to them it toughs up their gums to make teeth come in easier

echomommy410 |

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Refrigerated celery stick cut to baby-hand length. He likes to chew it, but drops it after about five or ten minutes, so it doesn't have a chance to splinter. I watch him carefully, anyway. It's just the right toughness. He also likes the padded baby spoon. It's shaped to fit his mouth and has the handle of the spoon that he will eventually feed himself with to practice holding while he gets it into the best position. It's soft, but firm. So far, he just chews for a while and gets sleepy enough to have a bottle and go to sleep! He chews throughout the day, but these simple tools (along with Dad's finger which is The Best to chew) seem to take care of some of his chewing needs. The teeth are so cute!

plussage |

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Our naturopath recommended Hyland's teething tablets which really seem to work great. We also use a Baltic amber teething necklace which releases a natural anti-inflammatory when worn against the skin..sounds a bit wacky, but many swear by it and they're very cute and safe. The old stand-by's are great also like frozen washcloth, teething toys.

klu5820 |

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Like the person below mentioned- we use a capable bird feeder with pieces of freezing fruit. The coldness reduces her gum area and the yumminess of the fruit keeps her attention.

mahaalikhan |

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We do use the Hyland's teething tablets during the day if he isn't fussing as much (found them at Target) and definitely lots of cuddles. He is getting up 7x a night right now which is really so hard on him (and us) but he just wants to snuggle and chew on something. stoneline stonedine stonedine reviews stonedine cookware stoneline stonedine stonedine reviews stonedine cookware Ge Spacemaker Microwave Ge Spacemaker Xl1800

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Saw this last week about Orajel and other teething medications - http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm306062.htm. Looks like they can result in a rare, but serious, condition. Keep an eye out for these symptoms. Yikes!

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I was just told by my babies doctor that orajel is bad for babies/kid, because it has benzocane.which they found causes breathing problems.but what works for my baby is a cold rag or vaniila apstract.just rub alittle on there and they will be alright..teething rings are better in the fridge where they ain't so cool..also I let me daughter chew on a piece of cooked meat.gotta make sure its long enough where she can't swallow..the meat thing also gives her protein and stuff..there's a lot of things u can do.u just gotta find out what works for urs

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My son is 7 months almost has hia first tooth, it's been causing major issues for about a week and a half now. We use Hylands teething gel, sometimes Orajel, but Hylands seems to help more, Hylands teething tablets(found them at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart, and CVS), Camilia(CVS and Babies R Us). We let him have foods he's had in baby food form in the feeding nets, and I found freezing his fruits then thawing them by sitting the container in cool water untilI can stir them but they are still frozen/very cold helps. I don't stay with the flavors they have in the jars, I mix ones he's had together and I use the empty jars or plastic containers to freeze them in. I also give him extra cuddles. He gets in Mommy moods and wants to breast feed more, think it's comfort sucking. He will chew on anything he can get, his toys, his bib, his blankie buddies, his fingers, my fingers, his paci( nipple or hard end) sometimes he'll take a cold teething ring( we also have the MAM that kinda looks like an odd paci, a vibrations one, and plain that go in fridge) but he usually chucks them.

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We rub "bugs and pickles" all natural teething oil. It has a numbing effect minus the medicine that oragel has. Cold teething ring and lots of cuddles!!

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