The arrival of a baby in every household marks a special joyous occasion for it is stepping into a new and a different world. Parenting is a full-time job. A little newborn’s care is of utmost importance as it is the basic foundation of a child’s growth and for first timers and soon to be parents, it is scary. And if you are reading this, there is a high probability that you belong in one of the categories. Fear of holding the baby right, understanding the cry of the baby, giving it the right environment etc. creep up initially.
But here we have listed down a few of the tips that would help you raise your baby with a little more care and caution.
- Right way to hold a baby
Baby hugs are the cutest. Once you hold a baby, you don’t want to leave her/him at all. But you don’t want to hurt the child either. So, to hold a baby right, the forearm of your one hand should be under the baby’s head going on to the spine and another hand should support your first hand.
Another way of holding a baby is, rest your baby’s head and neck on one hand and put the other hander under the hip for balance.
- Regular diaper change
You would have to develop a habit of checking the diaper of the baby every 3-4 hours to see if the baby hasn’t soiled the diaper. A healthy baby urinates often so to avoid rashes, change it as soon as you find out.
- Regular sterilization of bottles
Washing your baby’s feeding bottles are not enough. They are prone to infections so to avoid that, make sure the bottles you feed them from are bacteria free. The easiest way to sterilize it is boiling them in water. Nowadays, there are various sterilising solutions and sterilising machines also to put in for better results.
- Careful around the umbilical cord
A newborn baby has a part of umbilical cord on the navel for at least 10 days or up to 3 weeks. Special attention is needed on that part. Use powders as per doctor’s advice to dry it up and speed the healing process and also make sure to not make your baby wear tight clothes which can cause irritation and pressure on the area. With a little extra caution, it will dry soon.
- Burp your baby right
Unlike elders, babies have a sensitive digestive system and to cope with that, you must burp your baby after every feed. Gentle pats on the back or moving your palm from lower to upper back are the right ways helping the baby sleep better.
- Right way to bathe your baby
The scariest thing of all is to bathe a baby. Initially, there are sponge baths for newborns until the umbilical cord dries down but once it heals, a baby should get a proper bath. Make sure that you have everything ready before taking the baby for a bath. Keep holding the baby with your one hand throughout. Do not put water directly on the baby’s sensitive skin, rather keep your palm in between the mug and the baby’s skin. For convenience, you can also take some water in your palm and wet the baby’s body. Also, get different shampoos, soaps, oils etc. for your baby and do not use the same products as that of adults. Those are harsh and can harm the baby.
With these tips you will soon become a pro at taking care of your newborn baby.
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