Taking good care of any newborn baby is indeed the most satisfying job either as a parent or a caregiver. Alongside, it is the most daunting job as well, especially when you do not have any idea.
For first-time moms, parenting can be a nightmare at the very beginning, immediately after returning home from the hospital, right?
Wandering, what to do now? Here is a brief parenting guide on how to care a newborn baby. Let’s check it out in the following without further due! Welcome parenthood also shared an awesome content about this topic!
Holding the Baby:
It may seem very tough for you to hold the newborn baby as they are very delicate and fragile at this stage of their life. However, you must hold the baby to feed, nurse, and to make it feel secure, isn’t?
Besides, if you hold your baby for more than 2 to 3 hours a day, it will cry less and become less fussy. Whenever holding the baby, remember to support the baby’s head, and neck as the muscles are yet to develop.
Breast milk is the only food for your newborn. And, it hardly requires any extra food during the first six months. If you cannot manage to breastfeed your newborn, you can go for formula feeding. However, breast milk should always be the first choice.
Also, remember to consult a pediatrician before you go for any particular formula feeding. While breastfeeding, you should hold your baby gently in your lap which will build a strong and loving bond between your baby and you.
Caring for your baby after the returning from the hospital also involves bathing the baby as well. It is one of the toughest challenges for the first-time parents. Take some lukewarm water, a gentle cleanser, a baby shampoo and a soft towel to bathe the baby and pat dry slowly when tub-bathing your child.
Your child may react by crying but don’t worry. Swaddle the baby after the bath and cuddle it with great care. However, sponge bath can be the best choice for newborn up to a certain age.
It is good to store a large number of diapers before the baby steps into the home because newborn babies need a lot of it.
Diaper changing is very easy, and you can learn it by practicing a bit. Change the diapers when they are heavy and keep the baby dry always. Use a diaper rash powder when you change each diaper. It will give complete protection to the baby.
During the first few months, babies usually cry a lot. You may get shocked by hearing though it is totally normal. When you try to comfort your baby, you need to find out the reason for the baby’s crying. Check out whether the baby is hungry, needs a diaper change or nap or if it reacts to noise or light.
After finding out the reason, take steps to comfort it with your innate motherly instincts. Take the baby against your shoulder and gently rub its back to soothe the baby. Change position if it needs. You may sing a baby song too, but of course, in a very soft voice like whispering.
Massage relaxes the baby, promotes better sleep, keeps calm and helps to have a good posture. Massage your baby with mild baby oil and play with it while doing the job. Your kid is more likely to love the massage session.
After the bath and every diaper change, a freshening session can be a great experience for the baby. A gentle cleanser, moisturizer or powder can be a good choice for this purpose. It keeps the baby cool and irritation free.
Usually, newborns sleep a lot; they sleep almost 16 to 17 hours a day. You should make a routine for day to night sleep so that the baby gets less irritated. Make sure that you maintain this routine accordingly. As the baby grows up, this routine can be changed with its daily life work.
By the time you scrolled down to this particular section of the post, we expect that you went through the lines and came to know the basics of newborn baby care. Now, it’s your turn to get back to the baby nursery can implement the knowledge you just gathered. Hope the post was helpful and you enjoyed reading.