How To Care, Newborn Baby,
Many new moms and dads feel overwhelmed having to care for their little one from the get go. With constant feeds, cleans and cries; it can be incredibly difficult to adjust and cope. During the first few weeks, there are a few basic steps that you can incorporate to best manage the stress and ensure that you enjoy the time that is spent with your little one.
How to Address those Cries
The first thing to remember when dealing with a crying baby is that your infant is trying to communicate with you. It is not something you should feel guilty about or ashamed of but a natural thing that all babies will do to express themselves. The best step is to address the underlying reason as to why your baby is vocalizing their needs. They may need a diaper change, feel too hot, too cold, hungry or be sick. Some babies tend to cry frequently while others are quiet. When your little one is making a fuss, check for the obvious signs and find simple ways of soothing them from a diaper change and feed to a relaxing rocking motion or play time.
Babies will need regular baths from washing the top of their head to the tips of their toes. Bathing a baby is completely different from bathing a toddler, both need constant supervision but your baby will need support as you hold their head and neck up. All babies must be fully awake and in a calm state before you introduce them to their bath. Check the water temperature and only fill a shallow basin with lukewarm water. It is easiest if the towel, shampoos and soaps are all prepared before you proceed to bathe your little one. The temperature in the room should be comfortable and a clean soft towel available to dry baby as soon as he or she is out of the bath. Using a very soft damp cloth or cotton pad wipe your baby’s eyes, ears, between their fingers and toes. Do not pour water over your little one’s face, it will startle them and cause them to cry or scream. Simply use a cloth. It is sufficient to remove dirt and keep them looking clean and fresh.
To wash your baby’s head, scoop a small amount of water into a cup and gently lean your bay back while supporting their head and neck. Pour the water over the top of their head and with a gentle motion, work the soap into a lather. Rinse in the same manner.
Putting Baby Down to Sleep
Once your infant is fed and clean, it is time to sleep. The sleeping pattern of babies will differ between little ones. While many can sleep through much of the nigh others will need to be calmed and soothed. You will also be getting up during the night for feeding. One of the riskiest conditions that infants can suffer is sudden infant death syndrome. A baby monitor is always welcome in the crib. Should your little one be sick during the night, you should be alerted to prevent them suffocating. Ensure they are safe from the cold but not too hot. Never place your little one in the bed but always provide them with their own sleep spot.
Baby diaper changing may seem like a dreaded experience but soon you will get used to the poopy bottom and diaper changes will be no problem for you! Most stools are passed after a feed so be prepared with a fresh diaper after each meal time! If you babe is passing pellet like stool, it is a sign they are constipated. The stool must be soft and can occur daily or every second or third day. You have to constantly check your baby’s diaper for soiling. Any smells or wetness and it must be changed immediately. If your babe has a dirty bottom, use gentle wipes to clean or prepare a warm bath by wrapping their top in a towel and washing their bottom and legs only.
Feeding Your Little One
Feed your baby every 4 hours naturally or using formula. Provide your baby optimum nutrition and comfort for the first few weeks to help develop a strong immune system.
Caring for baby may be tough initially, but sticking to a schedule and maintaining their needs can make it a magical time of bonding and much love.