Newborn Care

Questions on Newborn Care?

A pediatrician typically sees your newborn for his first appointment within a few days of discharge from the hospital. During the first well visit, you will get a chance to meet the pediatrician (if you haven’t already done so), as well as ask questions or address concerns you have about newborn care and your baby. The pediatrician will also perform a physical exam, observe your baby’s development and behavior, and track his growth to ensure he is getting enough to eat at the first well visit and those following.

Your pediatrician may discuss the following topics with you during your newborn’s first few appointments.


The very first stool your baby will pass is known as meconium. Newborns pass meconium over the first few days, and as he begins eating more, the stool will change from black meconium to dark green or yellow in color. After the first month, the number of bowel movements your infant has often slows down. Notify your pediatrician right away if your baby’s stools are white or red, as these could be signs of serious problems.


Breastmilk or formula is the only nutritional source your baby needs for the first six months of life, and the major source of nutrition throughout the first year. Your pediatrician will monitor your baby’s feeding habits and patterns during this time to ensure his growth is on track. Breastfed babies typically eat more frequently than babies who are fed formula. Breastfed newborns may nurse every two to three hours, while formula-fed newborns will eat every three to four hours during the first few weeks of life.


It is important to keep in mind that every baby has different sleep needs. Most newborns will sleep 16 to 17 hours per day, but only sleep a few hours at a time. Sleep cycles for infants generally don’t normalize until about six months of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all healthy infants sleep on their backs until they are able to roll over themselves. A baby sleeping on his back rather than his side or stomach has a decreased chance of sudden infant death syndrome.


Because infants aren’t mobile yet, they shouldn’t require daily bathing so long as the diaper area is cleaned thoroughly during changes. Bathing a baby too frequently can dry out his skin. Instead, sponge bathe areas as needed, such as the skin folds where food or dirt can get trapped.

Umbilical cord care

An infant’s umbilical cord should eventually dry up and fall off on its own by the time the baby is eight weeks old. In the meantime, keep the area clean and dry by giving the baby sponge baths rather than submersing him in the tub. Fold diapers below the stump area to avoid irritation. Small drops of blood are normal around the time the stump is going to fall off. Call your pediatrician, however, if you notice: active bleeding, foul-smelling yellowish discharge, or red skin surrounding the stump.

Well-visits during the first year

Following your newborn’s first well visit, your pediatrician will also see your baby at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 15 months, 18 months, and 2 years. These visits are important times to ask questions, observe a child’s growth and receive scheduled vaccinations.

A mother’s care is also important, so don’t forget to speak with the pediatrician if you are having postpartum issues with breastfeeding or anxiety. The pediatrician can refer you to a lactation consultant to assist with specific questions and concerns.

Do you have more questions about newborn care? Call Pediatrics at 1180
in Brookline, MA at (617) 232-2915 to schedule an appointment! 

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Meet Our Staff

  • Meredith Saillant,

    Dr. Saillant completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brown University and  The University of Michigan, respectively, before graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2000.  She completed her pediatric residency in 2003 training at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center through the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics.  She founded the town-wide middle school baseline concussion screening program in conjunction with the Town of Brookline in 2012 and has served as a consultant to the Pediatric Physicians Organization at Children's Hospital on their concussion treatment protocol. She is on the board of the Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition. She joined the practice in 2003.

  • Rebecca Horne,

    Dr. Horne graduated from Brown University and received her MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  Before going to medical school, she spent a year in Eritrea working in HIV/AIDS awareness and a year working at Planned Parenthood's public outreach department.  Dr. Horne completed her pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  She spent several years at Boston Children's Hospital providing care for patients in the Young Parents Program.  She joined the practice in 2010.

  • Julie Dollinger, MD

    Dr. Dollinger graduated from Princeton University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and also holds a Master's degree in pharmacology from New York University.  She completed her pediatric training at Boston Children's Hospital, and has practiced general pediatrics in the greater Boston area for over 20 years.  Dr. Dollinger's areas of interests include developmental-behavioral pediatrics, adolescent medicine, natural/holistic medicine, and adoption. Dr. Dollinger has worked in the Indian Health Service in Chinle, AZ and Wolf Point, MT; she has travelled on medical missions to Cuba and Dneprepotrovsk, Ukraine.  Locally, she is a longtime member of the Maimonides Society (the medical philanthropic arm of Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies) and has been medical consultant to several area preschools and private schools.  She also serves as Director of the Community Pediatrics Program at Boston Childrens Hospital.She joined the practice in 2017

  • Shana Zandman, MD

    Dr. Zandman graduated from Cornell University where she studied Human Biology and Development.  She received her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan and completed her pediatric residency at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.  Dr. Zandman completed one year as Chief Resident at Floating Hospital and then worked for two years in a busy pediatric private practice in Barrington, Rhode Island prior to joining the practice in 2014.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young girls, cooking and international travel.