it comes to caring for your newborn, there is a lot to remember.
Don’t feel awful if you’re having a tough time keeping
up with the routine. Many new mothers feel overwhelmed by the care
of their newborn, which can contribute to feelings of the baby
Every mother has her own routine and preferences for caring
baby, but you should always remember your baby has basic needs.
Those basic needs mean that your baby needs to be kept warm, needs
needs to eat, and needs to be loved. The good news is, you are
fully equipped to take care of all of these needs.
Keep your baby
clean by changing the diaper frequently, caring for the umbilical
cord area and bathing frequently. Newborns can
with a warm washcloth and a mild soap, until the umbilical cord
falls off and the navel and circumcision are healed. You can bathe
baby two or three times a week for the first year, in order to
prevent the skin from drying out. Use a clean washcloth and warm
bathing your baby; never use hot water. When caring for your baby’s
umbilical cord and circumcision, cleaning is the first thing to
remember. Gently wipe the tip of the penis after changing the diaper
petroleum jelly and even gauze to prevent the scab from sticking
to the diaper. You should swab the navel area with rubbing alcohol
every time you change the diaper to prevent infection. Don’t
put the baby’s navel area in water until the umbilical cord
stump falls off.
When you’re feeding your baby,
be in tune with the baby’s cues
for feeding time. This is most often shown
through crying. You might need to awaken
your baby every couple of hours throughout
the night to make sure he or she is fed—if
your baby goes five hours asleep without
feeding, wake it up and make sure it eats.
You can tell if your baby is eating enough
if he or she has a few bowel movements
a day and wets the diaper at least six
times. Regular sleeping patterns as well
as weight gain are also good signs that
your baby is well-fed. Make sure you burp
your baby after every feeding. This consists
of holding your baby upright with the
head on your shoulder or sitting or laying
the baby on your lap and gently rubbing
or patting (very gently) the back. Many
babies will burp after a few minutes of
this. If not, try finishing the feeding
and attempting to burp the baby again.
Keep the baby upright for some time to
Your baby will sleep a lot throughout
the day. The sleep is generally in intervals
of 3-4 hours at first, which means you
might not be getting a full night’s
rest for a while. Many new mothers are
worried about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome) and fear letting their baby
sleep alone. If you place your baby in
its back, the risk of SIDS is greatly
reduced. Don’t put any extraneous
pillows or stuffed animals or blankets
in the crib with the baby and check on
When you are loving your baby, make sure
you hold it in the right position. That
means supporting the head and neck at
all times. Never, ever shake a
baby because this can easily
lead to brain bleeding or death—it’s
will want to bond with your baby, and this is great for stimulation.
Talk to your baby, rock your baby and touch your baby. Recent studies
suggest that “kangaroo-care” or skin-to-skin contact
between mother and baby are great stimulation for health, growth
and development in newborns.
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