Newborn care especially for your fist born child is actually one of the biggest challenges that parents face. At the beginning, parents will always feel overwhelmed because they don’t have the experience. There will be so much to learn and each day is actually a learning experience. Here are 4 essential tips that can help first time parents.
1. Picking up and holding your baby .
As a mother, you must know as to pick up and also hold your baby safely. Whichever position you choose to hold your baby, always ensure that the newborns neck and head is well supported. This is because a baby cannot hold or support his/her own head up.
- Lay you baby on his/her back and scoop him/her with two of your arms. One of the arms should support your Childs bottom while the other should rest comfortably against his/her head.
- Hold you baby with one arm while ensuring that his/her head is actually laid at the crook of your elbow and his/her bottom lying on your hand. The other arm will be free to gently caress and support the baby.
2. Feeding your baby.
Newborn eat at an interval of three to four hours. Babies who breastfeed usually feed more frequently than those who are bottle feed. As your baby stars to grow, he/she will start feeding less frequently but his/her mealtime will also lengthen.
- You should know that your baby will always let you know he/she is full. Usually they turn away from bottle of nipples.
- Healthy newborns become hydrated rarely and thus it is unnecessary to actually give them supplemental feeding of water or juice. The usual take of formula or breast milk is enough to supplement all the needs of your baby.
3. Burping your baby.
Newborn babies usually tend to swallow air especially during feeding. This causes them to spit or even become fuzzy if they are not frequently burped. Newborns care requires you to try these burping methods.
- Ensure that you sit your baby upright on your lap .Support his/her head chest and also pat his/her back.
- With your lap facing down, lay your baby and gently pat your hands on his/her back
4. Putting you baby to bed.
Some babies sleep up for 10 hours a day while others sleep up to 21 hours a day. Most babies also tend not to sleep during the night until when they are about 4 months old. The following parent proven strategies can help you teach you baby that daytime is for play and night time is for sleep.
- Avoid turning the lights on during the night.
- Ensure that you position your baby on a firm mattress that is flat to make him/her comfortable
- Avoid prolonging nighttime diapers changes.