Top Ten New Parent Worries - Part 2

Hopefully, our blog on ten tops worries for new parents and tips on how to manage them has been helpful. Here are five more parenting concerns and tips.

Making milestones

Month by month, your baby will master important skills such as the rolling over, sitting upright, crawling, walking, and talking. Every parent wants to know that their baby is developing “normally” (see our chart of developmental milestones here). But it’s important to remember that babies grow and develop at different rates and you should avoid comparing your baby to others.


Milestones are simply guidelines designed to help parents recognize developmental delays early on and not hard and fast rules. Rather than obsessing over the things your baby can or can’t do, simply observe his progress. Click here to learn when your baby might be ready to….

Inconsolable crying

Why is my baby crying?!?! It’s what they do! It’s their only means of communication and if you listen closely, you’ll hear them cry differently for different reasons (hungry, sick, cold, wet, lonely, scared). Once you figure out what each cry means, you can quickly soothe your baby. Our detailed guide will help you decipher your baby’s cries.

Poop colors

The concern that sparks countless calls to the doctor is poop color. Poop comes in all colors and textures (and it only gets more complicated as your baby gets older and starts eating solid foods). In the beginning, your baby’s poop will be black (meconium). Green (transitional) stools come next, followed by yellow (breastfed) or brown (formula-fed), depending on how your baby is fed. The only colors you need to be alarmed about are black, red, or white. Check out our poop slideshow to help you identify normal versus call-the-doctor poop.

Pumping milk

With 59 percent of working age women in the U.S. labor force, it’s easy to see why new moms eager to give their babies the “real thing” turn to breast pumping. Uncertain about how soon you can begin to pump? Read this. Or click here to learn which pump is right for you. For tips on pumping while at work read this.

Risk of SIDS

When babies begin to sleep for longer periods of time at night, parents are apt to wake up in a panic—“Is she still breathing?” Fortunately, the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has declined dramatically in the last 20 years, due in large part to the Back To Sleep campaign), but that doesn’t make it any less worrisome. The best way to reduce your baby’s risk for SIDS is to always place her on her back to sleep. Other SIDS prevention recommendations include paying attention to where she sleeps and keeping her sleep space free of items that can lead to suffocation.

The AAP statement on SIDS can be found here.

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