After the 9-month successful journey of your pregnancy, the new born is finally home. This journey would have probably been tough. Despite extreme mood swings, health issues, exhausting and restless times, sleepless nights and what not, no doubt, these 9 months also count to the best experiences in our life. It is not just the journey of a woman alone but both the parents supporting each other making this time a fantastic and memorable period. Now that you’ve finally welcomed the baby home, you might be pretty confused regards taking care of the baby. We all look forward to giving the best care to the child for their healthy and a happy life. So, to make it the best for your baby, this article will help you comprehend an excellent new born baby care covering all the aspects that one should take care:
Feeding is the first and foremost duty of the parents. The baby needs to be served every 3-4 hours as it helps the baby grow and gain weight. Breastfeeding is the best solution to the same.
While breastfeeding, feed your baby for 10-15 minutes at each breast. The breasts loses its milk after feeding. Thus, to provide adequate milk to the baby, alternative feeding is imperative. Initially, one might have to feed 8-12 times a day, but it gradually declines with the growth of the baby.
However, if you use the formula feeding method, then prefer giving 60 to 90 ml of milk to the baby at once. Make sure you sterilize the bottle and the nipple after every use.
One might wonder, how to find if the baby is full? The best way to discover is to make sure that the baby wets at least 6-8 diapers a day. If the baby takes in enough milk; he will have a great sleep and gain weight.
Burps are another important factor to contemplate while feeding. The feeding process is, in fact, incomplete without burps. Give time to let the baby burp amidst feeding. While having milk, the babies take in a lot of air that makes them feel fussy and gassy. Burps help the baby evade the trapped air in the stomach making them comfortable. Burping is majorly vital for infants who keep spitting. Either hold the baby against your chest and softly pat her back, or make the baby lean forward with one hand on supporting the head of the baby and another to pat her back, or lay the baby on her belly to let your child take a burp.
Handling the baby
Babies being very sensitive, the knowledge of right ways to handle the baby is significant. Always support the child from the head, and the neck for kids have a very fragile and a weak backbone. The baby’s head should lay on your inner elbows and the legs on the other hand. While carrying or leaving the baby on the mattress, make sure you support her head without fail.
Want to wake up your baby? Never ever shake the baby. It can cause internal bleeding in the head or even death. Just tickle her feet or blow gently on her cheeks. Further, make sure you’ve washed your hands every time you touch the baby. The babies are susceptible to infections really fast. Thus, make sure any visitor visiting has clean hands.
A baby needs at least 16-hour sleep in the initial two months. The sleep duration at once might be 2 to 4 hours. However, if the baby does not sleep again for a long time, do not worry, the baby either wants to change his diapers, need milk or might have a troubled tummy. The baby further needs to be fed every 3-4 hours. Thus, even if the baby is sleeping, it is important to wake her up and feed.
The sleeping position should be a great concern. Make sure to alternate the position of the baby left and right to evade flat spots on his head.
Children mostly trouble during the night. Thus, it is better to take a quick nap with the baby. It helps you gain strength, and you will never feel weary when the baby neccesarily needs you.
There are two types of diapers, reusable cloth diapers, and disposable ones. You might have to change diapers more than 10 times a day so ensure that you aren’t ever nil of diapers for the baby. Make sure you have hygienic and fresh diapers or nappies, rash cream, clean washcloth, cotton balls or web diaper wipes, and warm water container available all the time. When the baby cries, it may be a sign of a wet diaper.
Lay the baby on the back to remove the diaper. Then clean the genital area with warm water, cotton balls or wet diaper wipes. Wipe her from back to front avoiding urinary infections. However, in the case of boys, exposure to air might make the baby urinate. Thus, you can use a waterproof sheet to circumvent wetting the bed while changing his diaper.
It is quite common that the babies get rashes. You can use rash creams, ointments, and even mustard oil as the natural home remedies suggest. Also, it would be best to keep the baby away from diapers and open for quite some time in the day. It helps them avoid or heal from the rashes and also keeps them comfortable.
Give your baby a sponge bath solely. Once the umbilical cord drops off, you can consider giving the baby a bath 2-3 times a week. Also, make sure that you clean the baby’s neck and face after every feed or burp. A Bath may be a good way to get a crying or a fussy baby to calm down.
- Consider his bath only with lukewarm water.
- Use infant bathtub
- Clean and soft washcloth
- Use a soft material cloth to wrap the baby after bath
- Using Baby oil, shampoo, and cream of only modern and re-known brands.
It seems to be really scary to handle the baby while bathing. Always take your partner’s help to hold the baby gently. Touch the water with your hands to make sure the water is neither too hot or cold. The bath for many kids seems to be soothing and helps them get a good sleep. Once your baby grows up and can sit himself, you can enjoy your bath along the baby. However, never leave the baby unattended in any situation.
Cutting the baby’s nails is imperative to avoid them scratching their own face. Make sure their nails are short and clean. During the first month, consider putting socks on the baby’s hand to avoid danger. However, peel off the nails with the ends of your fingers later on. When the baby has grown up a little, you can use a baby nail clipper. Make sure you do not clip too deep causing pain to the infant. Never cut the side of the toenails as they might cause ingrowing nails.
The massage soothes your baby helping her get a better sleep. It has numerous benefits such as better digestion, blood circulations, improvement in weight and a lot more. Gently stroke her body in a rhythmic sense with your hands. One can also use a moisturiser or a baby oil while doing the same. Do the massage only when the baby is awake or ready for it. Never do it while feeding or when the baby is sleeping. During the massage, do talk to your baby and have a good eye contact with her. The best time for massage is before bed time or before bath.
Handling the babies is altogether a new experience that the partners gain and enjoy. Considering all the tips mentioned. Giving full attention to the baby can get you the best results and ensure a very healthy baby. Always take help from elders for their have an immense knowledge about the new born baby care and the best experiences of handling you as their babies. They will know the mistakes they made or the good things that turned out to be effective. While these moments can count to the best memories of your and your partner’s life; enjoy and live them to the fullest!