Having a baby isn’t an easy job though every baby is a blessing. You’ve waited long to welcome the baby to your world. There are endless things that you’ll need to take care of while your child is still in babyhood. You probably have a long shopping list which includes things you’ve not used before.
Luckily, the Internet has lots of resources available on how to nurse and look after a baby that tend to be a great help for the first time mothers.
Below are some important tips for how you can look after your little one:
1. Take Help
It is very common to have stress after the childbirth which usually refers to how to take care of the baby. You may also feel difficulty to handle the stress caused by sudden change in your life after having a baby. So, you shouldn’t be hesitated to ask your family or friends for some assistance in the beginning. If your budget allows, you can even seek help of a professional nurse.
2. Hygiene Is Important
Your newborn is more fragile than they look. It is crucial to understand that their immune system hasn’t developed yet and so, they are more prone to catch infections. Make sure you and everyone in your house wash their hands properly with an anti-bacterial soap before touching the baby. Wash any clothes that are used to clean the baby in warm water and throw away after a few uses.
3. Learn Handling The Baby
Your new baby hasn’t a fully developed skeletal formation yet. This makes it imperative that you hold your child correctly with a hand supporting their neck. Never shake your baby in any way until they get a fully developed skeletal structure and musculature. Always use a gentle hand when doing anything with your baby.
Also, make sure that products you are using for their sleeping or travelling such as a crib or carrier are safe and secure. It’s always best to hold your little one securely against your chest as it helps develop strong bonding between a mother and her child.
4. Breastfeeding Has Its Benefits
Nursing your child has many benefits, and top of which is that the only protection your baby can have in the first 6 months of their life comes from your milk. It’s medically proven that breastfeeding provides the best nourishment for your newborn.
However, feeding is another very common concern for many new parents. And it can really make you confused about how much to feed your newborn and how often. Typically, new babies feed every 2 to 3 hours and should be fed for 15 minutes at each breast.
Most child specialists recommend that you should let your baby decide when they want to be fed. They will ask for milk by crying or sucking their fingers. Help your baby burp after feeding.
If you are not comfortable with breastfeeding due to any specific reasons, then the recommended quantity of formula milk starts from 2-3 ounces, and increases slowly with your baby’s age. You can also check the label of infant formula to know a proper quantity and time interval for the baby feed.
5. Proper Sleep Plays Important Role
Good sleep is needed for everyone to wake fresh and feel fresh. For a newborn baby, a good sleep is very important as it helps in her physical and mental development. So, make sure your little one gets enough sleep in whatever time they want to.
Usually, newborns spend most of the hours sleeping every day. You shouldn’t bother your baby if they keep on sleeping. However, you may wake them up if it’s feeding time.
6. Bathing A Baby Can Be Challenging
New babies aren’t easy to get into the water as it can be very difficult to handle them while trying to bathe them especially for a first-time mom. Therefore, it is crucial to learn the proper technique to wash your newborn.
Use a sponge to bathe your infant 2 to 3 times in a week. Make sure you do this process quickly because your baby isn’t yet in the habit of staying in a cold environment.
Also, it is extremely important to not let the umbilical cord get wet in order to avoid infections. A tub bath once a week is recommended when your baby drops their umbilical cord.