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It's perfectly normal for you to be worried about your precious new baby. She may seem tiny, fragile and helpless to you, especially if she's your first baby. On top of that, warnings about SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) may make it hard for you to feel assured that all's well with her when she's sleeping. It's important to accept your fears — and learn to live with them — while not letting them interfere with your enjoyment of your new baby.
Keep in mind that all babies have somewhat irregular breathing in their first weeks of life. Your baby may seem to stop breathing for long periods, but almost always those pauses last just a few seconds before normal breathing resumes. If your baby's color looks normal (not blue, pale, or very red) while she's sleeping, then she's most likely just fine.
You might feel more comfortable if you keep your baby close by you at night, with a night light on so that you can see her easily without getting up. You might also calm your fears a bit by doing all that you can to protect your infant from harm.
To lessen the risk of SIDS, for example, always put her to sleep on her back, use firm bedding, keep her away from cigarette smoke, and don't overheat the room she sleeps in. Learning infant CPRcan help you gain confidence by giving you the skills to respond to any serious emergency if one does come up. Call the Red Cross or your delivery hospital to find an infant CPR class. Sign up your spouse and babysitter, too.
Finally, talk with your baby's doctor about your fears. He can help you understand what's normal behavior and what's worrisome in a baby and give you more specific advice whenever you need it.