Having a baby brings you unique joy and opens up a new universe for you. New mothers can sometimes find it difficult to care for a newborn. But don't panic; by following our baby care tips, you can master the first few months like a pro.
Here's what you need to do:
1. Pay attention to self-hygiene
Before picking up your newborn, keep your hands and clothes clean to avoid infections and other sensitivities. Since newborns do not yet have a strong immune system, they are at risk of infection. Any germs on your hands can make you sick.
2. Do not shake your baby:
Never shake a newborn as this can cause bleeding in the brain or even death. Shaking her won't help you achieve your goal of putting her to sleep or just comforting her. You can rock them back and forth, or sing a lullaby. It's not a good idea to throw a baby in the air or swing it on your lap.
3. In contact with skin:
Remember that it will take some time for your child to adjust to life outside the womb. By providing enough skin-to-skin contact, you can make it easier for her to bond with her mother. Proper skin-to-skin contact can help her feel more comfortable and calm her senses.
Swaddling is a trick new parents should know. Proper swaddling keeps the baby's arms close to the body while allowing leg movement. Swaddling not only keeps babies warm, but it seems to keep most babies feeling safe and secure. Swaddling can also help reduce a baby's startle reflex, which can wake them up.
5. Talk to your baby often:
When you talk to your baby, you will discover unexpected benefits. One of the benefits is that it supports your baby's brain development and helps them learn languages faster. It's also a great way to get to know your baby better. If you suffer from baby blues, try this simple move.
6. Feeding on Demand:
In general, feeding babies as needed is recommended. Babies give you cues by crying, putting their fingers in their mouths, or making sucking noises. Wake your baby when he's not eating and sleeping more than five hours at a time. However, avoid force feeding. Play, hug and sing lullabies with your baby when they refuse to eat.
7. Regularly sanitize bottles and pumps:
Bottles should be washed and sterilized at least twice a day. Don't forget to sterilize the appropriate parts of the breast pump. Nipples cannot be ignored. If possible, clean them thoroughly before each feeding.
8. Burp your baby:
Burp your baby after every meal. Gently stroke your baby's back while resting his chin on your shoulder. Move your hand up and down from below. If your baby doesn't burp after a few minutes, change positions and try again in a few minutes.
9. Diaper change:
Change diapers as soon as you find them dirty. In addition to making your child uncomfortable, dirty diapers can lead to infections. Clean and apply diaper rash cream with soft baby wipes before putting on a diaper. Diaper rash can occur when dirty diapers are left on a baby for a long time. Let your baby lie down for a while without a diaper to ventilate the skin.
10. Umbilical Cord Care:
Part of the newborn's umbilical cord remains attached to him for at least ten days or even three weeks after birth. It's important to take good care of this area because it's a sensitive part of your baby's body. Use the prescribed powder to keep the area dry and speed up the healing process. Loose-fitting clothing is best for your baby's sensitive skin.
11. Cut your nails regularly
Trim your nails often. Long nails can damage your baby's delicate skin. Also, you need to trim your baby's nails regularly, as scratching can hurt it. Trim nails carefully and naturally while your child is sleeping.
12. Choose Baby Products Wisely
Babies have very sensitive skin and are prone to rashes. Use baby skin care products only when bathing or changing clothes. Always make sure your baby's skin is not irritated or allergic to the products you use to care for him.
13. Put your baby to sleep in a crib
Many experts advise against avoiding co-sleeping to prevent sudden infant death syndrome or death in a crib. However, if you prefer co-sleeping, always make sure your child has enough room to lie down and roll over comfortably. Otherwise, have your child sleep near you at night so you can respond quickly. Remember to keep all soft items away from your baby's sleeping area, including pillows and blankets.
14. Choose comfortable clothes
Make sure baby clothes are soft, stretchy and easy to put on. If you want to dress your baby, pull her over her fragile head and choose something simple in 100% cotton. Cotton is an excellent choice because it protects her delicate skin from irritation and other allergens.
15. Never leave your baby unattended:
A two-month-old baby can roll over. Your baby's milestones may not be reached as quickly as you expect. But to avoid accidents, do not leave babies alone in these places.
16. Contact your doctor:
Your child's health may be affected by symptoms such as fever, diarrhea or vomiting. Self-medication is never a good idea. Seek help from your child's doctor, even if it means seeing the doctor twice a week. Baby care is too important to be left to chance.
Remember, planning is key; it's good for you and your baby in the long run. When you bring your newborn home, there are a few details to consider. Whether it's your first time, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you'll remember and love forever.