Parenting – Getting Started & Next Steps

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. Consider the following guides in helping you get started on the proper way to handle your newborn.

Getting help after childbirth

The best time to inquire about what to do to properly take care of your baby is when you are still in the hospital, so 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 think you need in-home help with your newborn baby, these are options to take: inquire from your doctor regarding in-home help and he/she might give you referrals to home health agencies, hiring a baby nurse, or hire a responsible neighborhood teenager on a short time basis.

You may want to ask help from your closest relatives or friends, whom you are comfortable with.

Ways to handle a newborn

Newborn babies are susceptible to infection because they do not have yet a strong immune system; therefore, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your baby and make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.

It is important to protect the baby’s head, so cradle the head of your baby when you’re carrying him/her and support the head when carrying upright or when you’re laying your baby down.

When putting your baby in a carrier, stroller, or car seat, make sure your baby is securely fastened and try to avoid from activities that could be too rough or bouncy.

Bonding and soothing techniques

When parents bond more often with their infant, they are establishing 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.

Another way to bond with your baby is through vocal sounds, such as: 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

Things to take note in bathing your 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.

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.

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