With a baby’s birth, a mother is also born and a whole new world opens up for her.
In fact, this world comes with its own set of challenges, as she gets introduced to many new things – from breastfeeding to soothing a crying baby.
However, with perseverance and the right kind of guidance, we’re sure that any new mother would be able to adjust to her new environment.
If you’re also one of the new-mums, here’s a new-born care tips curated for you…
Keep a Checklist Ready
A checklist of all baby care and nursing items. You must have baby soaps, cleaners, shampoos, lotion, jelly, etc stocked before the arrival of your baby. However, nursing pillows, bras, etc should not be missed out.
Think of Self-Hygiene
Bathe regularly, wear fresh-clean clothes and wash your hands properly before taking your baby in your arms to keep your baby safe from infections and allergies.
Ensure You Breastfeed Your Baby, in the First Few Months
At least 8 to 12 times in a day. After all, breastmilk, is very nutritious and helps in boosting the baby’s immunity.
Hold Your Baby With Care
You’ll notice that your new-born’s head is delicate and it needs to be cared the most. So, when you hold your baby, support your baby’s head first, rest it in the cove of your elbow and take the other arm to scoop her bottom up, roll it over your baby’s chest or tummy gently. However, you should know when to switch your hands.
Don’t Be Rough With Your Baby
Your little one, is so little now that, she might not be ready for those throwing in the air, jiggling on the knees, etc. You might even want to shake her to put her to sleep or comfort her. But do not do that, either. Shaking might lead to brain injury in your baby. Simply rock her from one side to another or sing her a lullaby.
Bond With Your Baby
Initial bonding with your baby is everlasting. So, try to bond with your little one, little by little from day one – through skin and eye contact. Skin contact includes cradling your baby and gently stroking his back and tummy. And make sure you make eye contact with your baby, while you’re breastfeeding her, and let your baby get familiar with you.
Soothe Your Crying Baby
Whether it is crying for hunger or crying for something that is making your baby feel uncomfortable; crying is the only way of communication for your baby. But you have to observe the baby and try to understand what is making her cry? Whether it is her hunger, her wet and dirty diapers, her feeling tired or hot or cold… Observe, understand and try to soothe her.
Talk to Your Baby
Quite often. Talking will help in the development of your baby’s brain and will definitely help your baby pick up your words and your language faster. Plus, talking with your baby helps in bonding with you better.
Wisely Choose Your Baby Products
Check if your baby’s skin is sensitive and more prone to rashes. Choose products free of artificial fragrances and unnecessary additives. You can also ask your doctor about the best hypoallergenic brands.
Select Soft and Comfy Clothes For Your Baby
Of course, they should be easy to wear. Moreover, since your baby will grow faster, include some plus size clothes for your baby too.
Keep The Baby Cleaning Basics
Expect your baby to pee or poop at least 8 to 10 times a day. That means she will soil her diaper a number of times, thus making her feel uneasy and giving rise to infections. Therefore, always keep fresh diapers and soft baby-wipes handy.
Make a Schedule For Her
See that your baby feeds, sleeps and poops properly and at regular intervals. Ensure that your baby doesn’t sleep at odd times. Or else, you’ll feel sleep-deprived.
After all, taking care of your child in the initial days is not easy. But, taking advice from experienced people – like your mother or grandmother, won’t matter. They will guide you with some of the best breast-feeding tips or home remedies if your baby is feeling sick. Nevertheless, you can take an all-time of your baby.
Umbilical Cord Care
Your baby’s umbilical cord blood would be attached to her for at least 10 days or up to weeks after the baby’s birth. This is a sensitive area and it needs imperative care. Help it heal faster by applying medicines prescribed by your baby’s paediatrician.
Bathe Her Right
Once you see the cord has fallen off, begin by sponge bathing your baby and slowly move on to normally bathing her. However, don’t forget to handle your baby with care, while you bathe her.
Burp Her Correctly
Just follow the baby burping techniques to burp her properly, after every feed, thus making feel at ease.
Make Your Baby Sleep in Her Crib or Her Baby Cot
So that she has enough space to turn around and sleep peacefully. Above all, to avoid SIDS (Sudden Infant Death).
Keep Your Baby’s Room Clean
Dusting and cleaning your baby will make her infection and allergy-free.
Never Leave Your Baby Alone
Since babies grow faster and reach her milestones faster, they might meet with accidents.
We know being a new-mom is not easy. If you see your baby is feeling sick or feverish, take her to the doctor right away, instead of medicating on your own.