Caring for your baby

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The day you've been waiting for is finally here — your baby is home with you. Like pregnancy, the postpartum period can be a time of mixed emotions. You may feel excitement, joy, worry, and exhaustion all at once. Your baby has a unique personality and needs, which may take some getting used to.

If you're like most parents, you worry about doing everything right for your new baby. Try not to be too hard on yourself. After all, you may be new at this.

Here are some helpful tips on taking care of your baby from diapering to bathing and beyond.

Watch our baby-care video on feeding, bathing, calming your baby, and more.

Health and safety

It's important to always put your baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Make sure your baby is healthy, happy, and safe with these important tips.

Caring for twins (or more)
Caring for your premature baby
Circumcision
Crib safety
Crying baby
Flying with kids
Growth and development
Immunizations
Infant safety
Newborn hearing (video)
Selecting your infant's car safety seat

Feeding your baby

Breast, bottle, or both? Learn about the health benefits of breast milk and everything else you need to know about feeding your newborn.

Benefits of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding your baby
Bottle feeding
Introducing solid foods

Health care for your baby

It's important that you bring your baby to all appointments for routine checkups, also called well-baby visits.

Remember to enroll your newborn in a health insurance plan within 31 days after birth. Check with your employer's human resources department or a Kaiser Permanente member services representative to learn about coverage for your baby.

After your baby is enrolled, you need to select a pediatrician.

You'll also be able to manage your baby's care online to view your baby's medical record and immunizations, make well-child appointments, email your pediatrician, and more.

Reviewed by: Jeff Convissar, MD, November 2015
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

© 2015 Kaiser Permanente

Prenatal programs

Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and baby-care classes and programs near you.

Manage your pregnancy online

Use kp.org to make appointments, email your doctor, get test results, and more.

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