Crib Notes Podcast Series Launches to Help Parents with Newborns

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Crib Notes – Things Parents Google at 3am is a podcast that supports parents with NHS-approved advice and guidance

Hosted by paediatrician Dr Sarah Blackstock and broadcaster Rick Kelsey, Crib Notes – Things Parents Google at 3am has been created as a coproduction with Breastfeeding Friend on Amazon Alexa.

The podcast series launches on 26 March, and the first five episodes will be released weekly. These episodes will be available through all major podcast services, as well as via the Breastfeeding Friend.

Crib Notes will support new parents during those middle-of-the-night moments when they have questions and concerns about their baby. It will provide an invaluable resource by giving answers to a number of the most searched for parenting questions on Google from some of the world’s leading experts on children’s health and wellbeing.

The Breastfeeding Friend voice skill was originally produced by Start4Life and helps parents adopt healthy behaviours. Available 24/7 via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the voice assistant can answer an array of questions that parents may have about breastfeeding with NHS-approved information and advice.

Crib Notes is one of many new features recently added, which includes additional information such as advice about colic, along with soothing sounds, lullabies for children and relaxing music to accompany night feeds.

Crib Notes podcast“Navigating parenting is hard and if this podcast can help make this any easier, that is a success for us,” said Dr Sarah Blackstock, paediatric doctor and Crib Notes presenter.

“We’re covering topics parents google in the middle of the night, and plan to myth bust common issues from breastfeeding to sleep, and child development. We know that there is so much misinformation out there and plan to tackle these issues with leading experts in their fields.”

5 things you might notice in your newborn

You’ve survived the ups, downs and uncertainties of pregnancy and labour, and been handed the precious newborn you’ve waited so patiently to meet.
But then reality sinks in, and it’s your responsibility to look after this little bundle and everything is new. With that in mind, Dr Sarah Blackstock outlines four surprising, but totally normal things that you may notice in your newborn.

Why does my newborn look a bit unusual?

Don’t panic, it’s totally normal if your baby doesn’t look like the newborns you see in films and on TV; those babies are usually a few months old. After the long journey from womb to world, it’s common for your baby to have:

  • A buttery substance – a greasy covering called Vernix – all over her, which protects your baby from the amniotic fluid. A little blood may also be present, but this is the mother’s blood and generally nothing to worry about.
  • A funny head shape – depending on your baby’s birth, the pressure of the birth canal and/or the instruments used to help with delivery can cause your babies head to have a funny shape temporarily. As the bones of the skull are still soft and not fused at this point, this is normal and will settle as your baby grows.
  • Soft, downy body hair – many babies are born with soft, downy hair all over their body called Lanugo. Lanugo acts as an anchor to keep the vernix covering on the baby’s skin and protect the skin from the amniotic fluid.
  • Bloodshot eyes – red eyes from birth are totally normal and are caused by the squeezing and pushing of birth. Blood shot eyes are particularly common for babies who have been delivered using forceps or ventouse.
  • Birthmarks – many babies are born with birthmarks (‘stork bites’ and ‘strawberry birthmarks’). Some birthmarks fade within a few months.

What colour will my baby’s eyes be?

All babies are born with blue eyes, but there’s no way to tell what colour her eyes will change to until she reaches three to six months old. After that, her eye colour will settle into its natural shade.

How much will my baby sleep?

Your baby will likely sleep more than you expect. In fact, you may feel like all they ever do is sleep. Your newborn will typically sleep eight to nine hours in the day and eight to nine hours at night (16-20 hours in total). It’s normal for your newborn to wake multiple times at night and not be able to sleep long stints (four to six hours) until three months and beyond.

How often will I need to feed my baby?

Your baby likely won’t have consistent feeding times; newborns don’t work to a schedule, so expect random feeding times. She could also want to feed for between five and 20 minutes, and only need tiny amounts. At birth, her stomach is about the size of a malteaser.
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