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Taking Your Newborn Home: What You Need

Taking your newborn home is exciting!

Newborn in Hat

Hats Can Be Fun!


A hat for your newborn is so important that the hospital gives you one as soon as your baby is born. A hat helps your newborn stay warm. Warmth positively contributes to your baby’s overall health and development. Hats can be fun, and if you prefer you may choose any hat for your baby to wear. This newborn is giving an example of a hat that fits well and is warm … and fun!


Unfortunately those little T-shirts your baby wears while in the hospital need to be left behind so that other babies can use them too. When packing a T-shirt for your newborn choose long or short sleeves, snaps or ties, influenced by your preference and by the weather.


For that special going-home outfit choose clothing that keeps your newborn’s legs covered when the car seat strap is securely in place. An outfit with long pants, or baby tights, will be both practical and warm.

Booties or Socks

Your newborn will be warmer with booties or socks … and they look so cute!

Receiving Blanket

A small blanket tucked around your baby, after securing the straps of the car seat, will provide comfort and warmth for your newborn.

Camera or Other Device

Any device that can capture precious images of your newborn will be worth having. Baby pictures are treasures.

Car Seat

For your baby’s protection the law requires you to use a car seat, even for your tiny newborn baby. For peace of mind have your newborn’s car seat inspected at a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station near you.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 3 out of 4 babies and children are in the wrong car seat, are not properly secured in the car seat, are in a car seat that is not properly secured in the car, or are in a car seat that is facing the wrong direction. Consider using this tip for your peace of mind and for your baby’s protection.

Doctor’s Name and Phone Number

Because your newborn’s pediatrician takes over the care of your baby when you leave the hospital, you must provide the doctor’s name and phone number before your baby can go home. You can record this important information in advance, in a place that gives you easy access from your hospital room when the time comes.

Mom’s Pain Medication

Talk to your nurse before you are discharged to leave the hospital about pain control options and recommendations. It will be easier to meet the challenges of that first day, and night, at home if your pain is under control.

Diapers and Wipes

The hospital will provide diapers and wipes while your baby is in their care, and will send you home with a few diapers. But, you definitely want to have a good supply at home since they disappear quickly.

Knowing What to Expect

This list will help you prepare for the transition from hospital to home. Knowing what to expect offers peace of mind and helps you enjoy your first day together in your home.

For you and yours,

D. Fravert, RN

How Do I Know My Newborn Is Hungry?

Hunger cues let you know when your newborn is hungry.

Newborn Rooting


Hunger Cues

Sucking, flailing hands, head turning, and an open searching mouth are early, body-language hunger cues. These particular hunger cues usually precede crying.

The cues that your baby displays, prior to crying to get your attention, are known as early baby cues. Being able to recognize these early hunger cues, as well other early baby cues, is beneficial for your baby.* Thank you Mother Nature for baby cues!


Here is a video to demonstrate these early body-language cues for hunger. They are commonly referred to as “rooting.”

Since your newborn will want to eat about every 2 to 3 hours you will become very familiar with rooting, very quickly.

Learning to read your baby’s early body-language cues will make your life easier. Your baby will be happier overall by having basic needs met in response to early baby cues, rather than in response to crying. Your happier baby makes you happier too!

For you and yours,

D. Fravert, RN

Music “Touching Moments Two” Kevin MacLeod ©D. Fravert, RN.

* “Crying babies: Answering the call of infant cries” by M. Faris, Texas Childcare Quarterly

Newborn Sleep: Knowing This Helps

The following information should ease your worries about newborn sleep.

Newborn Sleeping

Sleeping Newborn

Sleep and Development

Newborn sleep is precious to you and very beneficial to your baby. Research has shown that when your baby is sleeping, your baby is growing physically and developing mentally. During sleep, particularly during light sleep, your baby’s brain is growing in size, as well as developing in areas of memory and learning. Since your newborn’s brain will nearly double in size during the first year of life, as you would expect, your newborn will sleep a lot to accommodate that brain growth activity. Baby sleep is designed this way for your newborn’s healthy development.

Sleep and Safety

When your baby is sleeping, about half the time is spent in light sleep (REM) and the other half in deeper sleep (Non-REM). In light sleep your baby can easily be awakened by uncomfortable sensations such as hunger, cold, or lack of oxygen (perhaps from a stuffy nose). Waking in response to a need for food, warmth, or more oxygen is extremely important to maintain your newborn’s health.

Scientists believe that baby sleep, that is, lots of light sleep allowing your baby to wake easily for food, warmth, or oxygen, is designed this way for your baby’s survival.

Thank you! in advance Mother Nature, because it may be hard to remember to be thankful in the middle of a sleepless night.

Peace Of Mind and Gratitude

Understanding this perfect design of baby sleep … waking easily to ensure survival and healthy development … gives you peace of mind, and allows you to be thankful in the wee hours of the morning when your newborn is awake, yet again.

For you and yours,

D. Fravert, RN