Newborn Care

Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby! The next few months are going to be exciting as you and your family bond with your new child.

If you have any questions make sure to call Providence St. Joseph Medical Center to speak with a provider about you or your child’s health.

Handling your baby

There are a few basics to remember and inform friends and family about when handling an infant.

Before you or anyone else holds your baby they should wash their hands with antibacterial soap. Your baby has not built up a strong immune system, which makes them vulnerable to infection.

Always hold your newborn gently and support the neck and head. Your baby is not ready for rough play and should not be shaken, bounced on the knee or thrown in the air – instead lay your baby down and gently tickle their feet.

Supplies that will help make your baby's home comfortable and safe:

  • Approved car seat
  • Crib or bassinet
  • Blankets for swaddling
  • Diapers and wipes
  • T-shirts or onesies
  • Sleepers
  • Booties and socks
  • Receiving blankets
  • Sweaters

Bathing supplies:

  • Soft washcloths and towels
  • Mild, non-perfumed soap or baby wash
  • Baby hairbrush
  • Small plastic tub or clean sink
  • Infant nail clipper

Medicine cabinet supplies:

  • Infant thermometer
  • Non-aspirin liquid pain reliever
  • Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Bulb syringe to clean the nose
  • Ipecac syrup (use only as directed by your baby's physician or the Poison Control Center)