Knowing about the basic baby care tips is essential. Why? Because after getting through 9 months of pregnancy, labor, and delivery, you finally see your baby for the first time.
That single glance is all it takes for you to fall in love with that precious bundle of joy. You promise yourself that you will provide for him and shower him with all your loving.
It is no doubt an emotional moment for many parents. With this overwhelming sense of joy comes a rush of fear and anxiety. Parents sometimes lose themselves while caring for a baby.
This feeling is mainly mutual for first-time parents. With no prior experience, it can be difficult for first-time parents to handle a newborn baby.
You need to reach out to friends and family during this time. You need to remember that your mental condition dictates how well you can care for the little one.
If you are not okay, you will not be in the best situation to handle a child. You need to be as focused and relaxed as possible when it comes to caring for your baby, and if you need a helping hand to do that, it’s okay.
Assuming you are a new parent, the whole parenting thing is entirely new to you. Take things one step at a time and try not to feel intimidated.
Let’s get you started with some simple tips that you should abide by while handling a newborn.
- Wash Hands Before Handling Your Baby
You do not want to transmit any germs or bacteria to your baby that might cause an infection. Keep in mind that the immunity system in a baby is not very developed. Always use hand sanitizers or wash up thoroughly before you pick up the baby.
- Head and Neck Support
When you carry your baby in your arms, take care to cup the head gently to support it. Since the neck muscles are not stable, it can be hurt easily.
Whether you are lifting the baby or laying him down, always hold his head in your hand.
- Be Gentle
Never, and I repeat, never play rough with your baby. Never shake your baby playfully as this can cause bleeding in the brain.
It may even result in death. Be as gentle and steady as you can. If you want to wake your child, tickle his feet or gently blow on the cheek.
- Avoid Bouncing
Well, you cannot avoid it altogether. But you can minimize the risk as much as possible.
Fasten the baby securely to the car if you need to go out. Drive slowly and avoid rough roads. If you are using a carrier or stroller, walk steadily.
Now that we have the basics out of the way we can move on to the hard stuff. Sleeping, feeding, and pooping is the three things that a baby does the most.
If you give proper attention to these three sectors, you should be fine.
A baby needs only breast milk as the source of all nutrients. Newborns usually require a minimum of 8 to 12 feedings times daily. You need to understand when your baby gets hungry. Some early signs of when a baby wants to feed include, sucking on fists, smacking lips or moving hands to its mouth.
If you see any signs of hunger, get ready to nurse. Find a noise-free area and sit down for some quality feeding time with your kiddo.
The position of your baby should be in a way that his mouth is directly positioned towards the nipple with his head slightly tilted backward.
When he has had his fill, you will see your baby trying to push you away. Do not force-feed him when it happens. Your baby knows when he wants to feed more than you do. Try not to follow any strict feeding schedule because that never works.
The first thing that you need to know about a babies’ sleeping pattern is that they sleep a lot. There is no strict pattern to when the baby sleeps or wakes up.
If your baby wakes up in the middle of the night and starts crying, do not be alarmed. He probably wants to eat or needs a diaper change.
Make sure your baby is comfy when you tuck him in for bed. Keep the babies’ room air-conditioned and dust-free. Do not let sweat gather in the underarms or tight body spaces. Check back every few minutes to see if everything is in order.
When dealing with a newborn, swaddling is a good idea. It gives the baby the sensation of being back in the mother’s womb. If you have a baby monitor, leave it in the room to listen if he wakes up when you are not around.
- Diaper Care
Our final tip involves diaper care, as this can lead to many unfortunate events. Diaper rashes are more common than you might think, and you can avoid them by being careful while changing.
First and foremost, you never want to keep on a dirty diaper. Anytime it gets wet or soiled, change it. While you are at it, give your baby a good wash as well.
If you are using a cloth diaper for the baby, you need to soak it in vinegar solution after rinsing it.
To get rid of soap and ammonia residue on the diaper, you need to do two more rinses following the vinegar soaking. This procedure will prevent any diaper rashes that might occur using a cloth diaper.
In case diaper rash does occur, do not waste time on home remedies. Go to a professional and get help.
Fresh air and rinsing with warm water regularly can treat diaper rash in up to three days. But you can prevent altogether by just being a bit careful.
Taking care of a baby is no easy task. It is essential to take care of yourself as much as well. Give yourself some space when you need it and get help from a babysitter.
You need to give yourself some time to learn the ropes of handling a baby. The above baby care tips should help you understand the needs of your baby and teach you how to care for them properly.