Caring for a newborn baby can be both an amazing and stressful experience. The first weeks after a baby’s birth are filled with snuggles, sleepless nights, diaper changes, and always more things to learn. While all new parents will have their own unique experience, there are some basic tips that all parents should know when caring for a newborn. It is important to make sure your newborn is sleeping safely during the day and night. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should always sleep alone, on their back, in a crib with no soft bedding or stuffed animals. A pacifier can help keep a baby calm and provide comfort while they sleep. Additionally, swaddling your baby in a lightweight blanket can help them feel secure and soothed. When it comes to feeding, breastfeeding is the best option for newborns due to the numerous health benefits it provides. However, if you choose to feed your baby with formula, it is important to ensure that you are giving them the right type and amount of formula. If you plan on only breastfeeding, it is important to exclusively nurse for the first six months for optimal health. Making sure your baby is well-hydrated is also a top priority. Newborns may need to be fed every 2-3 hours, while breastfed babies may go longer between feedings. It is important to keep track of wet diapers throughout the day and make sure your baby is getting enough fluids. Finally, making sure your baby gets proper care is key to keeping them safe and healthy. It is important to have regular checkups with your pediatrician and be aware of any signs of illness. Be sure to keep up with routine immunizations to protect against serious diseases. Caring for a newborn can be both exciting and overwhelming. With the right knowledge and guidance, however, you can ensure that your baby is well taken care of and that you are providing the best possible care.