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Baby Basics

Do you know how to change a baby's diaper or calm a crying newborn? Test your parenting smarts with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What does it mean when a baby turns his head to the side or puts his fist in his mouth?

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The correct answer is: If he's turning his head to the side or putting his fist to his mouth, your baby might be hungry.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What should you do if your baby won't stop crying?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are things you can do if your baby won't stop crying.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

A baby might normally cry how many hours?

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The correct answer is: The average baby cries one to four hours a day. If your baby’s crying persists for more than two hours straight, there may be a medical issue. Call your doctor right away.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How often do newborns feed?

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The correct answer is: Most newborns typically feed every two to three hours and sleep in between. That means you can't count on getting much sleep yourself. Try taking shifts during the night so that both parents can get some rest.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What is the key to successfully burping your baby?

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The correct answer is: While patting your baby on the back can dislodge bubbles, the key to a successful burp is gentle counter pressure against the belly. You can also place your thumb on his belly and the rest of your hand on his back, and gently rub both upward as if you're coaxing the gas bubbles up with your hand motion.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is the first step you should take to change your baby's diaper?

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The correct answer is: To change a baby's diaper, first lay your baby flat and lift his ankles. For boys, place a wipe over the penis to avoid a spray. Slide the diaper underneath so the top is even with the bellybutton. Bring the front of the diaper between the legs, point the penis down, unfasten the side tabs and close up. Make sure the diaper is snug to prevent leaks.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: A newborn should poop every other day.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In the first few weeks of life, your newborn should poop every day. This helps you know that your baby is getting enough to eat and the intestinal tract is working.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

About how many wet diapers should your newborn have every day?

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The correct answer is: If you're seeing fewer than six wet or three soiled diapers a day for more than two days, your newborn isn't getting enough nutrients. See your baby's doctor right away--the doctor will look for signs of dehydration and suggest ways to supplement your baby's diet.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What is the first step to properly swaddle your baby?

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The correct answer is: To do a secure swaddle fold down the top corner of a blanket and place the baby in the middle. Pick up a side corner and wrap it over your baby's opposite shoulder and tuck it under his back. Fold the other corner over his other shoulder and tuck it under his back. Finally, loosely fold or twist the bottom corner and tuck it under your baby.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Why is swaddling so important for newborns?

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The correct answer is: The major reason swaddling is so important is because it helps limit the startling "Moro" reflex so babies don't wake themselves up. Swaddling can also help fussy babies calm down sufficiently to fall asleep.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How often should you bathe your baby?

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The correct answer is: Aim to bathe him every two or three days (you can give rag cleanings in between), and don't give the first bath until the umbilical cord has fallen off.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should use soap when bathing your baby.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Soaps in general will dry out your baby's skin. Just shampoo him with baby shampoo and rinse his skin with water.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What sleeping position is best for your baby?

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The correct answer is: The best sleeping position for your newborn is on his back. This is necessary to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

At what age should your baby sleep in a crib in his own room?

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The correct answer is: After two months it is best to move your baby's crib into his own room. This will allow potentially sleep deprived parents to sleep better, and your baby can learn how to fall asleep without you.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How can you help your baby sleep through the night?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Making sure your baby gets a dose of morning light, making sure your baby gets the full extent of his naps and keeping your baby satiated through cluster feeding are all ways to help your baby sleep through the night.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

When should you trim your newborn's nails?

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The correct answer is: It's best to tackle this task when your baby is sound asleep. You can use a nail file during the first few weeks, then move on to nail clippers to trim his nails.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How can you play with your newborn baby?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are ways you can play with your newborn baby. These types of direct interaction are intense for a newborn. When he starts getting fussy, looking away or drooling you may want to hold him or give him alone time to calm down.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Infant massages are an ideal way for dads to bond with their babies.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Skin-to-skin contact through infant massage is an ideal way for dads to bond with their babies. Gently massage your infant's legs, back, arms, chest, abdomen, face and head with sesame oil for about 10 minutes. Infant massages help teach babies how to deal with stress, stimulates nerves in the brain that facilitate food absorption, improve immune function and help babies fall asleep more easily.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When should you bring your newborn for his first checkup?

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The correct answer is: Most pediatricians prefer to see a newborn two to three days after hospital discharge. This allows them to check for jaundice (yellow skin), feeding issues and weight.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How long should your infant stay in a rear-facing car seat?

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The correct answer is: An infant should stay in a rear-facing car seat until he turns two.

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