Newborn Baby Care Basics
After so much waiting, from 9 months of pregnancy to labor and delivery, you’re now holding your newborn baby, and just to realize that there’s much help that you will need this time. These are practical tips in helping you follow the proper way to handle your new baby.
Options to look for help after giving birth
While still in the hospital, that is the best time to inquire and talk to feeding specialists or lactation consultants, who can demonstrate how to nurse-feed or bottle-feed your newborn baby, and ask a nurse to show you how to hold, burp, change diapers, and care for your baby.
When you’re now settled at home, the kind of help you need to assist you with the newborn can come from the following: your doctor, who can provide you information about in-home help and might even be able to give you referrals to home health agencies, or a baby nurse or a responsible neighborhood teenager on a short time basis.
In addition, relatives and friends are there to volunteer, especially to whom you are close with.
How to handle a newborn
Newborns don’t have a strong immune system yet, such that they are susceptible to infection, so wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your baby and make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.
Always see to it that your baby’s head is supported, so cradle the head when you’re carrying him/her or support the head when carrying upright or when you’re laying your baby down.
Your baby must be securely fastened when he/she is in a carrier, stroller, or car seat, and try to avoid from activities that could be too rough or bouncy.
Bonding is the most pleasurable aspect of infant care, because it is in these moments where parents establish a deep, emotional connection with their infant. Bonding you’re your infant is basically cradling your baby, gently stroking him/her during feeding time, such that there is a close physical connection, or bonding can be enhanced when you massage gently your baby.
By communicating to your baby through vocal sounds, you are actually bonding with him/her, like: reciting poetry and nursery rhymes, singing nursery rhymes, babbling and cooing while you’re rocking your baby gently in a chair.
Kinds of baby baths
These are important to take note about bathing the baby: the baby should be bathed 2-3 times a week for the first year and sponge baths take place when the umbilical cord falls off and the navel heals completely, about 1-4 weeks, or when the circumcision heals, about 1-2 weeks.
When the baby’s head still needs to be supported, sponge baths are to be provided until such time when the baby can very well support his/her head and can sit well, then that would be the time to introduce tub baths.