Being a First-Time Parent
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birth – when a new child is brought into the world; when a baby comes out of his or her mother’s womb and begins breathing on its own * How many births happen in this hospital each year?
first-time parent – a person who has one child, perhaps with plans to have other children in the future * As first-time parents, we took our son to the emergency room for every little cough or scrape, but once we had our second child, we were much calmer.
overwhelming – too strong and powerful, making one feel out of control, confused, and/or powerless * He says his new job is overwhelming and he has to work 12 hours each day just to keep up!
newborn – a baby that has been born very recently, usually within the past one to two months * Newborns are supposed to eat every two hours, but that means the parents don’t get very much sleep.
from scratch – from the very beginning, without any initial knowledge or preparation * Have you ever made a cake from scratch, or do you always buy a box of premade mix?
to breastfeed – for a mother to feed a child with the milk from her breasts; for a child to drink a mother’s milk by sucking at her nipples * If your baby breastfeeds in the wrong position, you might experience pain or even bleeding.
to bottle-feed – to feed a baby from a bottle (a glass or plastic container with a special nipple-like top) * Doctors say it’s important to hold a baby close and look into his or her eyes while bottle-feeding the child.
to burp – to gently and repeatedly hit a baby’s back after he or she has drunken milk to help the baby push air that is in the stomach out of his or her mouth * Always put a cloth over your shoulder before burping the baby, or she might throw up on you.