Are You About To Be A New Parent For The First Time? Here Are Some Great Tips For Taking Care Of A Newborn Baby.
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Top 10 Tips For Taking Care Of A Newborn Baby
For the first-time mothers and fathers, taking care of a newborn baby is a monumental undertaking. Mothers may feel overwhelmed right from the beginning since there are so many things to learn. But don’t worry; you will know the needs of your baby soon and how to meet them. The followings are top 10 tips for taking care of a newborn baby.
- How To Hold A Baby
There are a few safe and comfortable postures where you can choose to hold a baby, but no matter what position you choose, you must always support a baby’s head since his or her neck is not strong enough yet to hold up their head on their own. You can use one arm to support the baby’s head while the hand on that arm supports the butt. Your other hand can be used to support or gently stroke the baby.
Newborns usually eat every 3-4 hours; even some babies eat once every two hours. Breastfed babies will eat more often than bottle-fed babies because breast milk is easier to digest. As your baby grows older, a baby will eat less frequently but his or her meal will last longer. The method to realize whether a baby is full or not is that he or she will refuse mother’s nipple or the milk bottle. As healthy infants rarely dehydrate, they have no need to add water or fruit juices. In fact, breast milk or powdered milk also meets all a baby’s needs because water is a part of the mixture in the bottle at least during the first six months of life. The signals showing a baby’s dehydration are coma, urination less than 8 times a day, refusal to eat, dry and dark color skin, etc. so please do be aware when baby displays those signs and/or symptoms of dehydration.
- Help A Baby To Burp
A newborn baby tends to swallow the air while fed; as a result a baby’s food will burp up. Thus, if not burped frequently, that will make the baby get indigestion or even vomit and expel what they just ate. Parents should try these three methods to help babies burp:
- Hold a baby vertically, let the baby lean on your neck and pat the baby on the back with the other hand softly
- Let the baby lie on the stomach and pat your baby’s back
- Let the baby sit down, support the chest and head and softly pat on the back
- Take Care Of A Baby’s Sleep
Children’s sleep, especially newborn babies play a very important role in the development of the body as well as the spirit of the baby. Thus, parents need to know how to take good care of their baby’s sleep and remember that the average sleeping time for newborns is 18-20 hours a day.
Sleeping position: Avoid letting a baby lay on the stomach since this increases the risk of sudden death (SIDS) of babies due to asphyxia. So putting a baby on his or her back is the best sleeping posture for the baby. In addition, many parents often gently and softly shake to help their baby sleep faster. However, this action should be limited because it will cause a baby’s brain damage if done to abruptly or in a rough manner.
- Coax Baby Not To Cry
For babies, the cause of crying is not always clear. If you have tried many different methods to get your baby to stop crying but your baby is still crying, try the options below:
- Help your baby to burp regularly, even if your baby does not feel uncomfortable. If you breastfeed, help the baby burp every time you change the breast. If your baby is having a bottle, help him or her burp after eating 60 or 90 ml of formula. Stop breastfeeding if your baby is uncomfortable or refuse the nipple or bottle.
- Swing your baby on your arms from side to side gently.
- Try to sing or talk with him or her to help put the baby at ease.
- Give your baby a warm bath.
- Take Care Of A Baby’s Hygiene
First, bathing is an integral part of the care and feeding process. Proper bathing will help your baby feel comfortable and sleep better. You should note:
For a baby who has not lost his umbilical cord yet: You can bathe the baby with a towel, dip a towel in warm water and use it to clean the baby’s body.
For a baby who has lost his or her umbilical cord already: You can take a bath with a pot. The proper temperature of the water is 96.8 – 100 °F (essentially body temperature or just slightly warmer than that). It is not necessary to wash your baby’s hair every day, except when the weather is hot. Note, when it’s cold, wash the baby’s hair for 2-3 times a week.
You should not pick or scrub deep into the nose and ears of the baby. Just use wet cotton buds to clean the outer of the ears. Simultaneously, do not let your baby’s nails be too long because the baby will scratch his own skin. So you need cut your baby’s nails. The proper time to cut the nails is after bathing the baby since, at this time, baby’s nails are soft, which will help you cut them more easily.
- Sleep With The Baby
The presence of mother gives her baby a sense of security in the sleep. As a result, the baby’s breathing is stabilized, which helps prevent the sudden death of a newborn baby. Co-sleeping or Sleeping together with your baby also helps the baby have many opportunities to breastfeed at night, ensures the adequate supply of lactose, thereby the baby’s weight will increase quickly.
- Timely Diaper Change
When urinating or defecating, urgently clean, dry, change and the baby into new clothes to help the baby escape from the wet, uncomfortable feelings that could cause the baby to cry, letting you know he or she is uncomforatble. Furthermore, infection, cholera, and prickly heat can “visit” the baby immediately if the baby’s nappy or diaper is changed after too many hours of wearing one. Thus, the mother should change the new diaper every several hours to ensure baby hygiene even if the diaper is still not soiled.
Wrapped neatly, tightly in the diaper, the baby will reduce the lonely sensation in the new space. As a result, the baby will feel safer and also not be shocked when sleeping. Parents should only wrap the baby’s two hands, while the legs should be loose to allow the baby to move and stretch comfortably. You should swaddle only when your baby is sleeping. In fact, this is one of Dr. Harvey Karp, M.D.’s 5 S’s in his video and book, The Happiest Baby on the Block.
- Sing A Lullaby
Not only does singing a lullaby help to develop the baby’s hearing ability but also balance the nervous system of the baby. Mothers can sing or turn on a lullaby with a soft melody. However, it should avoid the loud volume otherwise it will make her baby sober.
We hope these top 10 tips for taking care of a newborn baby help you in exploring your new role as a parent as well as give you a sense of calm as you settle into your role. Each moment with a newborn baby is one to be cherished but also something you can learn from as baby develops. Believe us when we say to you, as a new mother or father, "you got this!" We hope these top 10 tips for taking care of a newborn baby help in every way possible.