3 tips for newborn baby care
Preparation for a newborn baby begins as soon as the parents become aware of the pregnancy. Shopping for essentials usually starts fast, and this includes stocking up on bibs, buying a crib, changing tables, etc. Once the gender of the baby is determined, parents shop for clothes and customize the nursery to reflect the gender of their baby. Additionally, some parents can also improve their baby care skills by using online resources and books that offer a wealth of information about pregnancy and parenting. This article tries to accumulate some tips to take care of your newborn baby.
Tip No. # 1: promote breastfeeding
Hormonal changes in the mother’s body that occur after the birth of a baby trigger lactation by which the female breasts produce milk. This milk contains vital nutrition that strengthens the child’s immune system. However, some mothers may find that their little one is not accepting breast milk or that they are not producing enough milk to satisfy their child’s appetite. In the case of the former, the newborn should be positioned comfortably. Nursing mothers should also avoid eating foods that are spicy or strongly flavored, as they can make breast milk taste strange to the baby. If the milk produced is insufficient, consult your doctor for solutions. Eating dates and fenugreek seeds have been shown to increase milk production. Breast massage also stimulates the mammary glands and stimulates lactation.
Tip # 2: develop consistent sleep habits
A newborn baby needs at least 16 hours of sleep a day. Some babies can sleep even longer, but almost all wake up in the middle of the night because they are hungry, need to be changed, or simply want a hug. This may sound cute (the latter in particular) but it leads to sleep deprivation for parents if it continues for more than a few weeks. To avoid exhaustion of both parents and child, it is necessary to establish regular sleep patterns. A warm bath before bed can help your child fall asleep, as can a quiet room. Also, practicing the Kangaroo Mother Care technique helps a newborn baby sleep for longer hours. This not only reduces discomfort at night, but also leaves the baby fresh and healthy. Always make sure your little one sleeps on his back to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Tip No. 3: daily baby care
A newborn baby has weak muscles and soft bones, and requires constant support. When lifting your baby, keep one hand under the neck while your arm supports the spine and the elbow is directly under the buttocks. This will ensure that the little one is comfortable and well supported.
Babies wet about 8 diapers a day; less means that the child is dehydrated or does not consume enough milk. Babies need to be changed immediately after having a bowel movement, as a wet diaper can cause a painful diaper rash, causing your child to become irritable. Keeping the genital area dry reduces the incidence of rashes.
You may also notice that your newborn baby’s scalp has developed scales. This is a mild and fairly common condition among babies and can be cured by lightly oiling the baby’s scalp for 15 minutes and washing it with a mild antifungal shampoo.