If you thought that life will be easier after your pregnancy, you were absolutely wrong. It only becomes a bit more interesting, exciting, thrilling, emotional and any other adjective that you can think of when you have a newborn in your arms.
Yes, you may feel immensely in love with the fragile little new member, but before you can start planning and doing things for her/ him, you will feel exhausted and just think of a deep sleep rather than arranging things for your baby’s care and nurture. They are fragile, tiny and highly sensitive to the new world and atmosphere as a result of which, they require your utmost attention and care. One mistake, and they can be affected by jaundice, umbilical hernia, colic, pneumonia, etc. Thus, it is extremely important that you as new parents stay mentally and physically prepared to take care of your newborn baby. Find here some of the most essential baby care tips that you should follow for making your baby enjoy her/ his time in this beautiful world.
Tip 1: Holding the baby
Learn how to hold the baby rightly. Always remember that your newborn is very sensitive and fragile, especially the Soft Spot in the skull, Fontanel. Support the neck and the head with one hand and use your other hand to support the back of your baby. This will allow your baby to stay relaxed and enjoy your touch.
Tip 2: Sponge Bath Until Umbilical Cord falls off
For the initial few days, say 2 weeks, give your baby a soft warm sponge bath. Your baby is not going to get dirty as she will be well covered under her clothes and blanket all through the time. This also allows the umbilical stump to dry off and fall away slowly. You may see a little bleeding, but that is normal. Don’t get scared!
Tip 3: Keep your baby Warm NOT Hot
Choose warm clothes for your baby and not hot ones. You need to remember that your baby has come from a comparatively warmer place, your womb. So, avoid air conditions and too much fan. Instead, choose to keep a thermostat in the room that keep the temperature warm and comfortable for the baby.
Also, avoid dressing your baby in thick clothes and wrapping them in blankets as they can be very hot for your baby. Maintain a balance with the room temperature and your baby’s clothes.
Tip 4: Dry skin is Normal
For Newborns, having a dry skin is very much a common condition. They stay in a liquid environment for 9 months and are then introduced to an airy environment, which causes this dry skin naturally.
With time, the dry skin of your baby slowly flakes off, bringing up the new layer of skin on top. However, you may use a baby skin lotion which is fragrance free. It is absolutely natural for your baby to have little baby rashes, pink bumps and baby acne.
Tip 5: Sleep Time
Newborn babies sleep a lot throughout the day and night. Don’t worry if your baby sleeps too much. They need at least 16 to 18 hours of sleep in a day. This schedule continues for atleast the initial 3 months. Slowly with time, their sleep decreases and they get attuned to their parent’s sleeping time. However, make sure that you wake your baby during her/ his feeding times. Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding, count the hours and make it a point to feed her. Some babies feed while sleeping.
Tip 6: Crying Does Not mean they are hungry or sleepy
Crying is the only form of communication that babies are aware of. so, if your baby cries a lot, try to check if she has pooped, is hungry or sleepy. She may also just want your attention. It can be anything.
Tip 7: Keep a check on Jaundice
A majority of babies suffer from neonatal jaundice. In such conditions, the baby’s sclera (white of the eyes) may look yellow. Take your baby to the doctor and expose her to the morning sunlight.
Tip 8: Keep the surrounding hygienic
Whenever you take your baby, sanitize your hands and also keep the surrounding hygienic. This will help decrease the chances of infections in your baby.