Caring for a new baby can feel like a daunting task, even for an experienced mom. In response, the baby industry is booming! There are literally hundreds of products to comfort and care for babies. And, there are hundreds of self-help books and websites with the “answers” to raising a healthy, happy baby. Through all of this, parents want to know what really works and what doesn’t. The truth is every baby is different and what works for one may not work for another. The best medicine for your baby is love, patience and thoughtful care. And there’s no question that once bonding through holding and breastfeeding is established, pretty much nobody can comfort a baby better than Mom herself. New babies instinctively know their Moms, by smell and by sight. Dads, too, play a key role. Babies recognize Dad as a caregiver, and will usually be soothed and calmed through his loving touch and care.