Written on 5 August 2022
A newborn baby’s arrival is the most joyous time in a couple's life. But while you are elated, you can experience mixed feelings about how to proceed with newborn baby care. Well, worry not! With our top 10 tailored tips for the initial phase of baby care, you can overcome any common fears and hurdles, and ensure that you enjoy parenthood to the fullest!
The first few months of babies are crucial. As newborns depend on their parents for everything, the responsibility increases. With some proper baby care techniques, you can master newborn baby care in no time. Here are the 10 things that you need to do right:
In the initial days, babies seem to be constantly feeding, maybe every hour! But gradually, their breastfeeding patterns get settled, and you will have to feed them when they want and for the duration they want. They will soon have fewer but long breastfeeding sessions. You can determine if they are hungry if they:
Your newborn is delicate; their neck muscles aren’t developed, so you must touch, hold, or handle them safely and correctly. When you pick up your baby, let his head rest on your shoulder and keep your one hand gently on his neck and head area. You can also rest the baby's head in one of your elbow’s coves and use your other hand to hold his bottom.
Crying is your baby’s only mode of communication. If he is crying more than usual, observe him and try to understand the discomfort he is facing. Your baby must be crying because:
Newborns need a fresh diaper frequently. You must not leave your baby in a dirty or wet diaper for longer, as there are health risks. Yes, bacteria from urine or stool can lead to infections, nappy rash, or sore skin. Good quality baby care products such as breathable diapers, soft wipes, zinc oxide-based baby cream, and diaper rash powder can protect your baby from diaper rashes.
The newborn baby care regime does not include bathing your baby daily. You can carefully wash their face, neck, and bottom areas in the initial weeks. Once in a while, you can give them a sponge bath too. They will shift from sponge to regular baths once their umbilical cords fall and the navel area is healed.
Massaging a baby has many benefits; it helps them relax, calms them when they are cranky, improves their sleeping patterns, and helps you bond with them. You can give them a 20-30 minute oil massage soon after a nap, wash, or bath. Remember to use slow and gentle strokes while massaging your newborns.
Your newborn needs comfortable clothing. Avoid dresses with hooks, buttons, or bows. In addition, avoid fancy dresses, shiny fabrics, and the tees that roll down and pull up over your baby’s head. Cotton fabrics and jabla dresses are the best options for your little ones.
There are a lot of ways new parents can develop a stronger emotional bond with their babies. To create an initial bonding, you can try the three primary measures: talking, making eye contact, and having skin-to-skin contact. While activities such as talking, breastfeeding, holding or cradling your baby in arms, stroking their backs, and responding to their needs, assist in their brain development, they also make your child more familiar with you.
While some babies may sleep for hours together, others might only need short bursts of naps. However, you can develop an effective bedtime routine for your little one from 7 to 8 weeks. For a better and longer night-time sleep routine, you must try the following tips:
When choosing baby care products, consider the quality and safety standards. Steer away from products that have chemicals, artificial fragrances, or unnecessary additives. Follow the below-given checklist to ensure that you buy the best baby care products:
Parenting can be challenging for new parents, as you feel anxious about the best baby care and routine. However, remember that newborn baby care days will get over soon. So, here's wishing you happy parenting!
NHS Team.Tips for new parents.www.nhs.uk
Debjani Arora.October 31,2019.19 Baby Care Tips for Every New Mum.www.thehealthsite.com
Tian C.September 14, 2018.12 Tips for First-Time Moms.www.parenting.firstcry.com
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