Jul 28, 2023
Taking care of a baby takes more than loving them. You’ll have to prepare a to-do list for your little munchkin every day. Before they are born, the family must prepare everything for their arrival.
It is undeniable that you might feel anxious as a new parent. And you have to prepare yourself mentally for the arrival of your little one. After all, you are welcoming a new human into this world and, most notably, into your family. But worry not, as taking care of a newborn is easy and fun with the tips below.
Tips to Take Care of a Newborn Baby
Though taking care of a baby’s needs always comes first, there are other things to take care of. A baby might not ask you for anything for quite a few months. It is you who need to understand your baby’s needs.
Let us read some amazing tips for taking care of a newborn baby:
This is the most amazing and fun part of caring for a baby. During the first few months, parents (especially mothers) are very close to their bundle of joy. This is because the more the physical connection, the more they are connected emotionally.
Your body’s warmth will help your baby develop a strong emotional bond. So, during the initial days, it is important to spend as much time as possible around your baby. Also, talking to them while massaging or bathing can also create a strong bond.
A newborn must be fed 8-12 times in 24 hours, which means you need to breastfeed your baby every 2-3 hours. For the first 5-6 months, breast milk is their best food source. It is essential you nurse them before feeding.
However, in case if due for some reason, you are not unable to feed them breast milk, provide them with the formula milk which the doctor would recommend.
While feeding, babies tend to swallow air, which might cause gas and colic. Hence, your baby needs to burp. It helps eliminate the air and aids in digestion. To make the baby burp, hold your baby in your arms and near your chest. Slightly pat on the back until they burp.
After you welcome your little bunny to the world, the biggest worry must be – how do you hold a baby? Following are the ways you can follow:
Your newborn needs sleep – a good amount of sleep. So, make sure you are keeping every noise out of the room and ensuring your baby is warm, cosy, and comfortable. Wrapping your baby in a blanket might be a great idea, as the blanket mimics the womb. Also, ensure your baby has clean diapers on before going to sleep. This will allow them to sleep for a reasonable amount of time. Always cover hands and feets.
You can even massage your baby for a sound sleep. Take a few drops of olive or almond oil and stroke rhythmically all over the body.
Babies are gradually light sleeper in the initial months. Day and night differences are not understood by their brain, so brace yourself so that it can stay up during night and not in day.
You must always give your little one a sponge bath until the umbilical cord falls off and after the circumcision heals. Well, it takes about 1-2 weeks for it to heal. Also, bathing twice or thrice a week for the first year is highly recommended. This is because baby skin is quite sensitive and might lead to dryness if bathed daily.
The following items are a few must-haves for a newborn bathing routine:
Bath should be for a few minutes in initial days to avoid getting a temperature drop.
Always remember to trim your baby’s nails every 3-4 days to ensure they are not scratching themselves.
As a new parent, you can always seek help from your parents, grandparents, friends, and extended family. So, get ready to go on a roller coaster ride with your little one and enjoy this blissful & sublime experience.
Consultant – Paediatrics & Neonatology
Metro Heart Institute with Multispecialty Faridabad
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