New Parents

Congratulations on your new baby and welcome to parenthood!

As you probably know by now, having a newborn is an exhilarating, rewarding experience…as well as an exhausting and often overwhelming one. But rest assured — at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’re here for you every step of the way.

We’re here to put your mind at ease

As a first-time parent, we know you’ve got lots of questions, and we’re ready with lots of answers. From breastfeeding to bonding to helping all of you get enough sleep, we’re here for you with expert advice and guidance to help you navigate the ins and outs of raising a happy, healthy baby.

So take a deep breath, the two of you, and get ready for the ride of your lives…you’ll do fine.

Make an appointment today to come in and see us

At each of our 12 locations throughout Westchester and Putnam counties, our highly experienced pediatricians are welcoming, knowledgeable and ready to help. They’re eager to get to know you and your baby, answer all your questions, listen to your concerns, and give you the comforting guidance and support you need at this exciting (and possibly anxious) time. Please check our Locations page to find the WHP office nearest you.

Together, we’ll take good care of your baby

At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we firmly believe that the strength of the parent-physician relationship is critical to your baby’s health and well-being — and to your peace of mind.

That’s why we consider ourselves collaborators in your baby’s care. You can count on us to provide the latest, evidence-based medicine, technology and research, and we’d like to count on you to come to us with your input and concerns.

Starting out with your brand new baby: helpful guidelines for new parents

Although this is all new to you and your partner, we’ve raised a lot of babies and we’re eager to help you with yours.

To guide you along these first few weeks and months, here’s some useful information from our years of experience that hopefully will help make this exciting journey a healthy and joyous one for you, your partner and your baby. Feel free to print these out and bring them to your appointment with one of our WHP pediatricians.

1. Newborn hospital visits

To make sure your baby is healthy and progressing well, we perform the following services while you and your baby are still in the hospital: Read more.

2. Handling your newborn

At just a few days old, your precious bundle of joy may seem so fragile, but don’t worry. He/she really won’t break! To help give you confidence in these first few weeks, here are some important basics. Read more.

3. Swaddling: a valuable soothing technique

Especially during the first few weeks, swaddling is a well-proven soothing technique you can use whether your baby’s awake or sleeping. Read more.

4. Diapering: you’ll get really good at it really fast

Whether you choose cloth or disposable, your newborn will wet and/or soil diapers approximately 10 times a day, or 70 times a week. But with a little preparation, you’ll be ready. Read more.

5. Bathing: 3 times a week is plenty

Although some parents bathe their babies every day, until your little one is crawling around and getting into messes, a bath isn’t really necessary more than three times a week during the first year. Bathing your baby too often can dry out the skin. Read more.

6. Circumcision: a personal decision

If you have a baby boy, you and your partner will want to discuss whether to circumcise him or not. Read more.

7. Caring for your baby’s umbilical cord and circumcision

Proper care and cleaning of the umbilical cord and circumcision area are important to avoid infection but if you follow these easy steps, you should have no problems. Read more.

8. The benefits of breastfeeding: good for your baby and good for you

Yes it really is true…breast is best for your baby. Nature’s first and perfect food, your breast milk is perfectly tailored to meet the nutritional needs of your hungry and growing newborn. Read more.

9. Feeding: when and how much

Whether feeding your newborn by breast or formula, you may worry about how often your little one needs to eat. Generally, it’s recommended that babies be fed on demand—whenever they seem hungry. Read more.

10. Burping, the sound you love to hear

Why is burping your newborn so important? Babies often swallow air when they feed, either from breast or bottle, which hurts their little tummies and can make them fussy. Read more.

11. Sleeping solutions: how to get a good night’s sleep

As a new parent, it may seem like your baby needs you every second of the day, but actually he/she sleeps about 16 hours or more! Read more.

12. How to tell when your baby is sick

One of the first signs that your baby may be sick is a change in behavior: unusual fussiness, crying more or seeming to have low energy. Read more.

13. Developmental stages: what to look for

One of the most common questions we hear from our parents is, “Is my baby developing normally?” Read more.