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Top newborn problems (and how to solve them)

Top newborn problems (and how to solve them)

The tiniest humans can create big challenges for their parents. BabyCenter asked moms of newborns what their toughest problems were. Here are the ones that ranked the highest – and some solutions for how to deal with them.

1. Breastfeeding challenges

Breastfeeding is natural, but it takes practice – and it doesn't always go smoothly in the beginning. Two-thirds of the moms we surveyed breastfed their baby, and most said nursing was at least somewhat difficult at first.

Problem: You're not sure your baby is getting enough to eat (42 percent of moms share this concern).

What you can do:

Find out how to tell whether your baby is getting enough breast milk.

Problem: Like 41 percent of moms, you're struggling to get your newborn to latch on.

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Problem: You're having a hard time getting comfortable while nursing.

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More solutions for your breastfeeding challenges:

  • Read our guide to getting started breastfeeding.
  • Use our Breastfeeding Problem Solver to find solutions for your nursing issues.
  • Get breastfeeding tips from veteran moms.
  • Find solutions for other nursing problems.

2. Formula feeding challenges

Formula feeding brings its own unique challenges. Here's what moms in our survey struggled with the most.

Problem: You're not sure which kind of formula to buy.

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Problem: You suspect your baby is allergic to formula.

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Problem: Formula can get expensive.

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Problem: Like 42 percent of moms we surveyed, you feel guilty about feeding formula to your baby.

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3. Other feeding challenges

Whether you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby, you may encounter some of these dilemmas.

Problem: Your baby spits up a lot (41 percent of moms we surveyed had this feeding problem).

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Problem: Your baby suffers from reflux.

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Problem: Your baby isn't gaining weight.

What you can do:

Check out our Growth Chart Calculator to see whether your child's weight is on track.

Problem: Keeping bottles and nipples clean is a hassle (49 percent of moms said this is their number one struggle with bottle feeding).

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Problem: Your baby refuses to take a bottle.

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Problem: Preparing bottles for nightime feedings can be a challenge.

What you can do:

Get tips on making a bottle.

4. Sleep challenges

Getting your baby to go to sleep – and stay asleep – can be a big challenge for new parents.

Problem: Your baby's up a lot at night, you're sleep-deprived, and you're not sure what to expect.

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Problem: Getting your baby to sleep is a challenge.

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Problem: Your newborn won't nap.

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5. Crying challenges

We all know that babies cry. But when you're a sleep-deprived new mom, your baby's tears can be especially hard to handle.

Problem: 27 percent of moms struggled more with crying than with anything else.

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6. Challenges for you

Newborns present plenty of challenges. Half of the moms we surveyed said having a newborn is harder than they expected.

Problem: You're exhausted (71 percent of moms said lack of sleep is the hardest part of having a newborn).

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Problem: You don't have any time for yourself or to get things done (64 percent of moms said this is a problem for them).

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Problem: Having a newborn is straining your relationship with your partner.

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