Newborn Basics: What You Need to Know

Having a baby is the biggest event in one's life. But what I have found, working with new parents as a newborn photographer, is that hospitals and doctors do not seem to provide too much information about newborns. This is just my experience, of course. So, I thought it may be useful to my readers to put together some general facts.

Most of these facts I learned about during my coursework to become a newborn care specialist. It goes without saying that nothing on here is medical advice and you will need to consult your physician for specific concerns about your baby.

Newborns generally are/have

  • a pulse of 120 -140 beats per minute
  • a distended abdomen
  • a respiration rate of about 30 breaths per minute
  • no tears until about 6 weeks
  • excellent hearing put poorer sight
  • sensitivity to changes in the taste of breastmilk
  • excellent smell
  • not able to breathe through their mouth
  • pug nosed so they can breathe while they eat
  • not able to smile on purpose until around 2-3 mos
  • are not as good at regulating their own body temperature as adults

The other thing I have noticed, just listening to clients as we move through a newborn session, is that doctors often are great a big medical issues, but not so great at little stuff like how to calm a baby.  The biggest issue new parents seem to have is calming down their baby, I recommend reading "The Happiest Baby On The Block".  The strategies given work for 99% of people and  it will make your life so much easier. 

Panos Productions

Panos Productions Photography, 91042, USA

Newborn, infant and high school senior portrait photography.