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Resources for New and Expecting Parents

New and expectant parents have a lot of questions. The experts at Lurie Children’s have answers. From sleeping and feeding to pooping and peeing, you can rely on our evidence-based recommendations to help your baby stay healthy and safe.

Below you'll find information to help you prepare for a baby on the way: 

Working with Your Pediatrician

Choosing a Pediatrician

Tips to help you pick the right pediatrician for your newborn, including when to start looking and the most important questions to ask.

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When to Contact Your Pediatrician

From fevers and feeding issues to diaper issues and more, here are 10 reasons to call the pediatrician about your newborn. 

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Pediatrician Visit Frequency

Learn the schedule of newborn well visits for the first year of life and what you can expect at each visit. 

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What to Expect

First 48 Hours After Birth

The first 48 hours of life are a busy time for newborns and their parents. Learn about feeding, sleeping and pooping, and tests that happen. 

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First Few Weeks After Birth

In the two weeks after birth, newborns learn to feed, work to get back to their birthweight and change and develop in numerous other ways. 

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Typical Behavior of a Newborn

What’s typical for newborns? Learn about sleep schedules, normal vital signs, expected behaviors and when to call the pediatrician.  

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General Tips

How to Tell if Your Newborn is Sick

Newborns with a fever (100.4 or greater) should always be seen. Here are other signs of sickness, along with common newborn issues not to worry about.

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What to Know About Newborn Poop and Pee

Newborns produce a lot of pee and poop. Learn what’s normal, from urine and stool color to frequency, and when to call the pediatrician.

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Infant Sleep

Newborn Sleep FAQs

Your questions about newborns and sleep answered, including how much sleep newborns need, sleep safety and sleep routines. 

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Putting a Baby to Sleep

Our pediatricians offer expert tips for establishing good sleep routines, calming overtired babies and getting your newborn down to sleep. 

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Nighttime Sleep

Trying to get your newborn to start sleeping through the night? We break down some sleep goals, piece by piece.  

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Sleep Training

Sleep training helps your baby figure out how to fall asleep on their own, and most parents can start around 4 months. Learn more about sleep training methods. 

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Infant Feeding

Newborn Feeding Basics

See feeding tips and get answers to common newborn feeding questions, including how much milk newborns need and breastfeeding positions.

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Feeding Schedule & Frequency

Learn how much, how often and what kinds of foods babies eat from birth through their first birthday.

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Cluster Feeding

Cluster feeding, when a newborn wants to eat every two hours or less, occurs during major periods of growth and development.

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How to Introduce Solid Foods

Babies start to eat solid foods in their first year. Learn how and when to introduce solid foods into your baby’s diet.

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Support for Premature Infants

Bonding With Your Baby in the NICU

While in the NICU, there are still many opportunities for you to bond with your baby. Learn a few recommended ways to help you build that bond.

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Understanding Your NICU Baby's Behavior

Although young infants cannot communicate using words, they do convey their needs and wants through behaviors called infant cues.

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