Happy for you! You have handled the discomforts of nine months of pregnancy and successfully made it through the excitement of labour and delivery, and now a new life is in front of you. The joy and happiness of bringing a life into this world cannot be described in words.
There are many important things to keep in mind while taking care of your newborn baby.
Here are the top 10 tips for taking care of a newborn baby.
1. Hold Your Baby with Care
Newborn babies have very floppy necks, as the muscles have not developed properly. The muscles start developing within the first few months, but until then parents should always be sure to fully support the baby’s neck. This is to prevent the head from moving in an uncontrolled way, which could damage the baby’s brain. Always support your baby’s head and neck with your hands when you hold him. Try to cradle the head when carrying your baby. Also, support your baby’s head when carrying him upright and when you lay him down.
2. Help Your Baby Latch on during Breastfeeding
The decision to breastfeed your baby is one of the best gifts you can give to your newborn. Breast milk has many health benefits, including strengthening your baby’s immunity.
When it comes to breastfeeding, a good latch is very important, since improper latching can cause breast discomfort.
3. Do Not Forget to Burp Your Baby
The air that your baby takes in during breastfeeding can interfere with your little one’s digestion. This can make your baby feel uneasy and even lead to colic pain.
Hence, it is important to make your baby burp to free the system of excess air. This simple trick will keep your baby’s stomach troubles at bay.
Place your newborn in a sitting position, facing forward on your lap. Support your baby with one hand on the baby’s front and lean him or her forward slightly. Gently pat your baby’s back to release air from the tummy. Listen for the slight burping sound.
4. Give Only Sponge Baths in the Beginning
It is very important to give your newborn baby sponge baths until the remaining umbilical cord falls off.
When giving your baby a sponge bath, always use lukewarm water and avoid scrubbing your baby’s gentle skin too hard. Bear in mind that newborns don’t get very dirty.
5. Make the Baby Sleep on the Back
Even if it is for a short nap during the day, place your baby on his or her back. This is the safest sleep position for a healthy baby.
Make sure your baby’s face and head stay uncovered while sleeping. Keep blankets and other coverings away from your baby’s mouth and nose. It is better if you make it a habit of dressing your baby in appropriate sleep clothing so that there is no need to use blankets or other coverings.
6. Tend to Diaper Duty Timely
Though diaper changing can be messy and smelly at times, it is one duty that you need to take seriously.
A wet or spoiled diaper can make your baby prone to infection as well as itchy and painful diaper rashes. Hence, you need to keep checking your baby’s diaper from time to time.
7. Keep Hand Sanitizer Handy
Newborn babies have weak immune systems and are very susceptible to infections. Being a parent, you need to protect your newborn child from infections by maintaining good hygiene.
You need to keep your hands thoroughly clean, as you will always touch or carry the baby. Always wash your hands before handling your baby, and especially after changing a dirty diaper.
8. Give Full Body Massages
Massage is important for your newborn baby. It will improve your baby’s sleep quality as well as promote relaxation and strengthen the immune system.
Gentle massage helps in the development of flexibility and coordination, and improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
9. Never Shake a Newborn
You must be very careful not to shake your newborn while playing or even waking him/her from sleep. Shaking can cause bleeding in the brain and even death.