Both of you may feel nervous handling your newborn at first. Sharing the care of your baby from the start quickly dispels this fear and is an important way of bonding the three of you into a family unit.
Encourage your partner to hold and handle your baby as much as possible – share cuddles, changing and bathing and take it in turns to go to your baby when he cries. This stops you feeling like you’re doing all the work and prevents your partner feeling shut out.
For new parents, babies can be mysterious creatures that sometimes seem as fragile as fine porcelain and other times tough as steel. But how much do you know about your newborn’s body? Take our quiz and find out!
1. A baby’s head only needs to be supported during the first two weeks. True or False
2. Baby’s fontanels, or soft spots, should not be touched at all until they close completely. True or False
3. Cradle cap will go away on its own. True or False
4. Call the doctor immediately if white blemishes appear on your newborn’s face. True or False
5. Eye color will develop within the first few months. True or False