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If you’ve just become new parents, you will appreciate this ultimate guide to taking care of a baby.
Congrats! There is no good feeling which can match bringing a newborn baby home. The excitement and jubilation that parents experience are profound.
It’s understandable to be nervous about the techniques for taking care of a baby, particularly for first-time parents.
After all, regardless of how meticulously one plans and gets ready for the arrival of a child, there will always be hurdles and challenges along the way.
These difficulties could include breastfeeding difficulties, financial difficulties, and inadequate sleep. It is also common for new parents to experience anxiety or depression.
And, since no two babies are alike, it’s hard to predict how a child’s first weeks and months will unfold: The difficulties that one family faces may be very different from those that another family encounters.
The good news is that many previous parents and newborn-care providers have documented some general guidelines and best practices for navigating early infancy. So, here are tips for parents regarding taking care of a newborn.
Family and friends might want to visit immediately after giving birth. But you may prefer to keep them at a distance for a while. You want to spend your time with your baby and your partner.
It is also the perfect time to bond with your newborn, look them in the eye and talk to them. Newborns know their mother’s voice and may find it soothing.
Dressing your baby in an elegant outfit is irresistible when going home. But remember, babies can’t regulate their own body temperature until they are 6 months old.
Choose the best baby clothes from Hanna Andersson. However, don’t over bundle them. Too much sweating can make them chilled.
Dress your baby in the same amount of clothing as you would need indoors or outdoors.
Before leaving the hospital, ensure you have a certified child passenger seat installed in your vehicle. If your baby has many clothes on, the harness may not fit. Remove excess clothing, then snug the harness against the hips and shoulders.
If it is cold, you can cover your baby with blankets on top.
Once the seat is installed, it shouldn’t move any more than an inch in any direction. It should also be installed at a 45-degree angle, the baby’s body should be semi-reclining, and the head must not flop forward.
Breastfeeding should be natural, but it can be difficult for some women. However, these following strategies can help.
Breastfeeding usually goes smooth if done within an hour after delivery. You shouldn’t feel awkward asking hospital lactation consultants for help.
In the first six weeks, you must breastfeed your baby whenever they want. Scheduling feeding too early can interfere with milk supply. Remember, the more your baby feeds, the more milk you produce.
Position your baby on their side so that both your bellies are against each other. Then tickle their mouth with your nipple to make them open the mouth. Make sure an entire nipple and potion of areole are in their mouth.
Note that a deep latch will encourage enough milk to be produced and prevent your nipple from getting damaged.
Though not a must, a rocker or cozy chair with a good footstool can be helpful during breastfeeding. Whenever you are breastfeeding, ensure you have enough pillows for back support. They will also help you position your baby right at your breast.
To feed your milk supply, ensure you drink at least eight glasses of liquid every day, depending on your age and metabolism activity. Also, consume between 2 200 to 2 400 calories daily.
Even with added calories, breastfeeding moms will still lose 1 to 4 pounds a month.
For women who can’t breastfeed, they need a supplement with formula.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all the formulas and ensure they are safe and contain essential nutrients. A good pediatrician should be able to recommend a formula containing iron, DHA, and other nutrients.
Whether powder, liquid, or concentrate, the choice you make is determined by cost and convenience.
Some parents may be reluctant to give their babies milk-based formula brands due to fear of an allergic reaction. However, only about 3 to 4 percent of infants are allergic. A soy-based formula can be an alternative for the parent who doesn’t want their baby to consume animal products.
Doctors recommend the tips below to keep your baby clean and comfortable:
It is common for acne to appear on a baby’s face; they are harmless. Clean your baby’s face daily with mild baby soap.
Babies have a yellowish discharge in the eye. This condition is caused by a blocked tear duct and can last for months. Wipe the area with a cotton ball moistened with warm water.
Wash the baby hair not more than three times a week with a gentle baby’s shampoo. Brush the scalp daily using a soft hairbrush to remove scales.
Clean your baby’s nostrils using a nasal bulb syringe. To loosen mucus, you can use an eyedropper to insert saline solution before sanctioning.
Use baby’s nail clippers to trim his soft nails. Also clips nails only after bath, when nails are most delicate.
Limit your baby’s baths to 10 minutes. Use lukewarm water and fragrance-free soap. After bathing, apply a hypoallergenic skincare cream.
Change diapers frequently and ensure you rinse your baby’s bottom with water during each change. Don’t use wipes; they may irritate the skin. Barrier creams may also help.
Always ensure the umbilical cord is clean and dry. It will shrivel and fall after a few weeks.
A baby will undoubtedly brighten any home, but understanding how to accommodate your new daughter or son best is essential for a smooth transition.
You do not need to be anxious about taking care of a baby. You will slowly develop routine parenting skills, and soon you will be like a pro!
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