A new baby, and a new lifestyle, and a new sense of motherhood making being a new mom such a big change, which can definitely be overwhelming. Thankfully there are guidebooks, articles, pediatricians, and your own mom to help answer the most obvious and obscure questions.

“It’s okay to ask your pediatrician questions about your new baby, but it’s also okay to first consult books put out by the AAP [American Academy of Pediatrics] that can answer a lot of common questions,” says Dr. Resham Batra, M.D., board-certified pediatrician at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego, CA. “Before calling your pediatrician, see if the child is exhibiting behaviors that are out of the ordinary for the child. If the symptoms have been going on for some time or if the child is not eating or as active as they normally are. These reasons should prompt a call to the pediatrician.”

BE CAREFUL WHEN SHARING

“Sharing utensils or glasses with your child can pass on germs and infection to the child and even back to the parent, if the child has an infection in his or her mouth.”

ASK YOUR DOCTOR, NOT THE INTERNET

“It can be counterproductive if you are just randomly searching things on Google, as it can be hard to tell factual information from false information.”

“Looking to the internet for answers to medical questions is fine if you are checking credible sources recommended by your pediatrician like the AAP’s website or other reputable medical journal websites,”

STOP BREASTFEEDING WHEN YOU ARE READY

“According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is no cut-off age for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding into toddler age is more likely for comfort than for nutrition, as the child is getting most of his or her nutrition from food sources,” says Batra. “Deciding what age to wean depends on if breastfeeding has become a crutch for the child in that he or she becomes so dependent on breastfeeding that it interferes with his or her social development or someone else is labelling the child negatively because he or she is still breastfeeding.”

DON’T RULE OUT PACIFIERS

“Pacifiers are helpful, especially for babies who want to suck all the time and need comfort,” says Batra. “Make sure it’s not time for the baby to eat when giving a pacifier as it may lower the baby’s hunger cues and the baby may miss out on a meal. There is also some evidence a pacifier may help lower the risk of SIDS.”