When you bring home your newborn baby, it’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You have a whole new person added to your family and there’s so much to learn about them. You get to learn how much or little they like to sleep, whether they prefer to fall asleep in your arms or their crib, and whether or not they like pacifiers. Even though they may only be a few weeks old, they’re beginning to develop their own personality.

Aside from learning about their personality, you want to know the best way you can take care of your newborn. This can lead to many questions and confusion. When you schedule your first pediatric appointment, be sure to ask them some of these newborn care questions.

1. How do I take care of my newborn’s umbilical cord?

When it comes to newborn care, the care of their umbilical corn can be at the top of the list of concerns. Pediatricians recommend that it be left alone so that it will dry up and fall off. This can take anywhere between one to three weeks. Don’t be worried to ask other questions such as how to handle it and how to keep it clear of infection.

2. What is the best way to bathe my newborn?

Pediatric physicians recommend avoiding full baths for a while and sticking with sponge baths. It’s especially important to avoid full baths if the umbilical cord hasn’t fallen out and if the circumcision has not yet healed. Be sure to ask how often your newborn should be needing a bath and which products are best to keep their sensitive skin from getting dry.

3. How much should I be feeding my newborn?

Today, there are a few different ways you can feed your baby. Many pediatric doctors would recommend breastfeeding, but sometimes that isn’t always possible. You can also bottle feed with breast milk or formula, or do a combination of breastfeeding and formula feeding. The most important part is making sure your baby is getting the right nutrients and enough of them. Also, ask for the pros and cons of feeding on demand and feeding on a schedule.

By asking your pediatrician questions, you’re being proactive in properly caring for your newborn. Don’t forget to schedule the next appointment to keep up with your newborn care. In fact, in the past year, 93% of children have seen their doctor. Your child’s health is of utmost importance to you as a parent, and don’t forget, you’re doing a great job!