If your a new parent these tips for taking care of your newborn will help you gain confidence.
You have experienced conception and childbirth, and now you are prepared to go home from the hospital after having a baby.
When you get home, you may have the impression that you have no idea what you are doing!
The following tips can help even the most nervous parents feel safe when taking care of their newborn baby for the first time.
At first, it may seem that your baby is still feeding.
Gradually, you and your baby will begin to lay down, and the amount of milk produced will adapt.
You can feed your baby as often as you like.
This is called baby feeding.
In this case, you can let your child decide when he/she has had enough.
Get Help After Delivery
Consider getting support; taking care of your newborn can be very hectic and daunting at the beginning.
You can talk to a hospital specialist in your area.
Most hospitals have nutrition experts or lactation consultants that can help you start breastfeeding or start feeding your baby with bottled milk.
Nurses can also provide you with information about how a child should be held and cared for.
For help at home, you can hire an in-home nurse, doula after delivery, or a responsible teenager who will help you after the delivery.
Your doctor or hospital can help you find information about home help or refer you to some local health officials.
Relatives and friends often want to help too.
Even if you disagree about certain things, do not reject their experience.
As soon as the baby is fed, you must burp him/her.
Babies swallow air when they are fed, and excess air is excreted by belching; this aids with digestion, preventing them from spitting up.
With one hand, carefully put the baby on your chest; the baby’s chin should be resting on your shoulder.
Then, gently pat your baby with the other hand until he/she burps.
Holding a Newborn Baby
When taking care of your newborn, it is very important to hold the baby’s head and neck with one hand while holding him/her.
This is because the baby’s neck muscles are not yet strong enough to keep his/her head up.
The spine is also growing and becoming stronger.
In fact, the neck can hold the head up only after three months.
For this reason, make sure you support your baby’s head and neck when holding your newborn.
Bonding is probably one of the most pleasant parts of caring for a baby; this takes place at a sensitive time in the first hours and days after birth.
When parents establish a deep bond with their child, physical intimacy build, which can promote healthy emotional relationships with the child.
Attachment leads to emotional growth, and this can affect physical development and intelligence over time.
Another way to create a bond is by falling in love with a child and showing him/her as much love as possible.
Infants, especially premature babies and children with health problems, may respond to baby massage.
Some types of massage can improve attachment, promote child growth, and help with physical development.
Many books and videos deal with baby massage; you can ask your doctor for recommendations.
Be careful because kids aren’t as strong as adults, which means you need to massage him/her very gently.
Babies tend to love vocal sounds like cooing, singing, and talking. Your child may like listening to music, as well.
Baby rattles are great ways to stimulate your child’s hearing.
If your child is fussy, you can try to sing, recite poems, or read nursery rhymes aloud while gently rocking your baby.
Some children may be susceptible to touch, light, or noise; he/she may easily be surprised, cry, sleep less than expected, or turn their faces when someone talks to them.
If this happens to your child, keep the noise and light levels low to moderate.
Frequent diaper change is an essential aspect in the care of a newborn baby after delivery.
If your baby gets enough mother’s milk, he/she will wet at least six to eight diapers a day, along with regular bowel movements.
Change your baby’s diaper often or as soon as it feels full.
You may need to change your baby’s diaper ten times a day or more.
To change a dirty diaper, you need a sheet, soft towels, rash cream or baby powder, and fresh diapers.
You want to start by wiping the baby from front to back, instead of back to front, to avoid urinary tract infections.
You can also leave your baby without a diaper for a few hours each day; this allows the skin to breathe.
Circumcision and Care of the Umbilical Cord
Immediately after circumcision, the tip is usually covered with gauze covered and petroleum jelly so that the wound does not stick to the diaper.
You will need to gently wash the tip with warm water after replacing the diaper; you will then need to add petroleum jelly to it so it will not adhere to the skin.
Irritation or redness of the penis should normally heal after a few days.
However, if the irritation or redness persists or swelling occurs, or there are pus-filled blisters, an infection may be present; you should contact your child’s doctor immediately.
Holding the umbilical cord of newborns is also necessary.
Many doctors recommend that the area be cleaned with ethanol until the cable stub dries and falls off, typically within ten days to three weeks; however, others suggest that the area be left entirely.
You can speak to the baby’s physician and find out what he/she thinks is best for your baby.
The baby’s navel should not be immersed in water until the trunk of the line falls and heals.
Until it falls, the stump changes from yellow to brown or black, which is normal.
You can call the doctor if the navel area looks red, has an unpleasant odor, or discharge appears.