New Parents

Your new baby has arrived! Now what?

As you’re finding out, having a newborn is exhilarating, rewarding, the best thing ever…but also exhausting and overwhelming. That’s why we’re here, to make it all a little easier with helpful advice, guidance and support. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.

Call on us! We’re here to put your mind at ease

As a first time parent, 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 and get ready for the ride of your life. And remember, we’re in this together.

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.

Great news! You now have access to some of the nation’s best pediatric specialists

Now that we’re part of Northwell Health, you have access to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, the New York metropolitan area’s only hospital exclusively for children and one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report.

If you have a child with a serious health issue, such as sickle cell disease or cancer, we can now refer you to the outstanding specialists at Cohen Children’s Medical Center who provide a full spectrum of diagnostic, medical, interventional and surgical treatments for your child. Today, our valuable partnership with Northwell Health not only allows you to take advantage of these extraordinary resources but it also enables us to greatly expand our services to bring you and your family the best possible care in the region.

Starting life with your new baby: here are some helpful guidelines

Although this is all new to you and your partner, we’ve raised a lot of babies and we want 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.

Make an appointment today to come in and see us

At each of our 11 locations throughout Westchester County, our highly experienced pediatricians are welcoming, knowledgeable and ready to help. They’re eager to get to know you and your child, answer all your questions, listen to your concerns, and give you the comforting guidance and support you need. Please visit our Locations page to find the WHP office nearest you.