- by Gregory Gapp, M.D., FACOG
- Caring for a Newborn
The world is a big, bright, loud place, and bringing your newborn into it can take a lot of transition time. Your newborn baby is used to the quieter sounds, dim lighting and warm swaddle of the womb, so it can be quite jarring for them to suddenly be thrust into a loud, vivid world where they can no longer feel completely comfortable. For this reason, the first three months after birth, commonly called the "fourth trimester," are extremely important to ensure your baby continues developing and begins to feel safe and secure in the outside world. Following a few easy steps can help your newborn transition into the world with as few crying fits as possible.