Newborn Baby Care Tips – Important Tips For Parents
For first-time parents, the first few months of your baby’s life can be overwhelming and chaotic. There will be contradictory advice about newborn baby care from all sides. It can be difficult to decide what advice to follow regarding newborn care. Although it can be exhausting and difficult, caring for a newborn can also be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in your life.
How to Care for a Newborn Baby
It is a daunting task to care for a newborn when you are the first time. Here are ten tips to help you care for a newborn baby.
It is important that you feed your baby at the right time. You must feed a newborn every 2 to 3 hours. This means that you should nurse her 8-12 times per 24 hours. For the first six months, infants should only be given breast milk. Breast milk is rich in vital nutrients and antibodies, which are essential for baby’s growth and survival. At least 10 minutes should be spent nursing your baby. Keep the breast close to your baby’s lips and hold it there until she starts sucking. The mother should not feel any pain in her nipples if the baby latches on correctly. After the baby has finished feeding, the breasts should feel fuller. This indicates that the baby is receiving enough milk. If breast milk is not available, the doctor will recommend formula. Each feeding should provide 60 to 90ml of formula.
After the baby has been fed, she must be burped. Babies inhale air during feeding which can cause gas and colic. This excess air is eliminated by burping, which aids in digestion and prevents stomach colic. With one hand, gently hold the baby on your chest. Your shoulder should be in line with her chin. You can gently pat her back or stroke your other hand until she burps.
3. How to hold your newborn
You must ensure your baby is supported with one hand, and that she is being held by the other. Because her neck muscles may not be strong enough to support the head on their own, it is important that you hold your baby with one hand. The backbone is still developing and getting stronger. After 3 months, the neck will no longer be able support the head. When taking care of a newborn baby, it is important to pay close attention to the neck and head.
4. Umbilical Cord Stump Treatment
Care for the umbilical stump is an important part of newborn baby care. Take a bath with lukewarm water 2-6 hours after giving birth to a healthy baby. Make sure to dry the area around your navel. The stump should dry naturally so the diaper must be kept down. Before touching the navel, wash your hands. Use a damp cloth to clean the area. Dry with an absorbent, clean cloth. You should look out for infection signs in the cord-stump region. Take the baby to the paediatrician if there are any redness, swelling, pus, or smelly discharge, as well as bleeding around the navel.
After delivery, it is important to change diapers often. Your baby will change 6-8 diapers per day if she is receiving enough breast milk or formula. She should also have regular bowel movements. You should change her diaper as soon as she feels full. It is possible that you will need to change the diaper at least 10 times per day. You will need a diaper changing sheet, baby powder, diaper rash cream, or baby powder, to change a dirty diaper. To prevent UTIs, you should wipe your baby’s bottom from the front. Your baby should not be covered for more than a few hours every day.
It is delicate to bathe a newborn. A healthy baby over 2500g should take a bath within 2-6 hours of birth. Bathing may be delayed for winter. If the infant is low in birth weight, it is best to wait until the cord has fallen off before bathing. After the cord stump has fallen off, you should begin bathing your baby 2-3 times per week. Before you give your baby a bath, make sure you have all of the necessary bathing and changing items. Babies sleep better when they have a bath right before bed. An infant bathtub, warm water, mild baby soap, body wash, a soft towel, baby lotion, cream, new diaper and clean baby clothes are all you will need. Your partner or family member can help you to bathe the baby. Be gentle with soap. Use the washcloth to clean the baby’s genitals and hair, neck, face, and any dry mucous around the nose. Use lukewarm water to rinse your baby’s skin. After this, wipe your baby’s skin with a soft towel. Apply lotion to the skin and then put on a new diaper and clothes.
Massaging your baby is a wonderful way to bond. Massaging helps soothe your baby and improves blood circulation. Use a little baby oil or lotion to coat your hands. Next, stroke the baby’s body gently and rhythmically. When massaging her body, keep your eyes on her and speak to her. Before she goes to bath, is a good time for baby massages.
8. Handling Your Newborn
When playing with your baby, there are some things you should remember. Your baby’s internal organs can be damaged by shaking vigorously. It is dangerous to throw your baby into the air. Handling a baby is dangerous. Their immune system is not fully developed and they are susceptible to infection. If you’re taking your baby out, make sure she is securely secured in a car seat, stroller, or baby carrier. For a brief time, let your baby lay on her stomach every day. This will strengthen her neck and back muscles. She will be able to see better, and will need to look both up and sideways.
In the first two months, newborns require 16 hours of sleep per night. They typically take 2 to 4 hour naps and will wake up when they feel hungry or thirsty. You may have to wake your baby and feed her, as she needs to be fed at least once every three hours. If your baby does not have the ideal newborn sleeping pattern, don’t worry. Every baby is unique and each child has a different sleeping pattern. It is important to change your baby’s position when she sleeps. This will prevent flat spots from developing on your baby’s head. To avoid suffocation, make sure the baby is positioned on her back. Mothers should take naps with their baby. You can take a peaceful bath or eat with your baby while they are asleep.
10. Trimming Nails
The growth of newborn nails is rapid. Baby may scratch her face or body by her hand movements. It is vital to trim the baby’s nails. Baby nail clippers are best as baby nails are delicate. When the baby is asleep, trim the nails gently. It is best to not cut too deeply, as the nails can be very tender and could cause pain for the baby. Don’t trim around the edges as this can cause ingrown nails.
Parents should ask for help from their friends and family so they can take care of themselves. New parents can feel overwhelmed by many aspects of baby care. This article will provide guidance for new mothers on how to care for their newborns confidently.