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Taking Care of a Newborn Baby

Updated: May 31, 2020

Knowing how to take proper care of your infant will provide moments filled with excitement and joy and will help you to have more enjoyable and peaceful days and nights.  Here are a few ideas that will help you get off to a solid start.



HOLDING

The infant may appear tender and vulnerable to you like you shouldn’t touch them because if you do you’ll injure them, but don't be afraid to touch, carry, or lift them! Research shows that infants who have been held for more than two hours a day grow faster and cry less. So more holding equals more peace and free time for you. Your infant’s neck muscles are not yet developed, so you'll have to hold their head if you pick them up. You should support their head against your shoulder or with your other hand when you carry them. 


BATHING

Baby care often includes giving your infant a bath, which is one of the greatest struggles for anyone taking care of an infant.  The struggles range from being scared that they are going to drown to noticing how small and fragile they are when they are in the water. Practise how to bathe a newborn baby on a doll before actually bathing an infant. Ensure all the bathing items are available for you. If your infant has more hair, you may want to use a mild shampoo. Don't be scared to carefully wash the vulnerable spots on your infant.


DIAPER CHANGE

Some first-time parents and babysitters are amazed at the number of diapers their infant uses daily. To make life simpler for yourself, have a little stash of diapers kept in the house and always have at least 3 diapers with you at all times just in case so you never have to worry about running out. It is very important to know how to change your baby's diaper, you need to be prepared for the different things that an infant is going to throw at you from that little tushie of theirs.  To maintain your baby's bum region fresh, add some infant diaper rash powder after any change of diaper. It absorbs moisture and decreases irritation on the skin, offering full safety.


COMFORTING

Most infants cry for an average of two hours a day (not consecutively even though it feels like it sometimes.) This is a very natural reaction for infants because they can’t use their words yet. To calm your infant,  you first have to identify the source of your child's discomfort. Some common reasons for an infant’s cry are hunger, gas, diaper change, sleepiness, loud noises and many more. An easy way to comfort your infant if they are crying for no reason is to pick them up and cradle them, moving side to side while holding them is a decent plan that works most of the time.


BABY MASSAGE

Studies have shown that massages can calm infants, build up good sleep habits, and soothe them whenever they become irritable. Offering a massage to your infant is always a perfect opportunity to stay in sync with them.


FEEDING

Most health experts believe that nothing is healthier for the newborn infant than breast milk. In Nutritional terms, it's just perfect for your baby. Sadly, several mothers cannot breastfeed because of medical conditions or other extraordinary situations. Meet your pediatrician on how to properly feed your newborn infant. Bottles are another thing that many infants eat, they are made form formula and milk they are very easy to prepare and when you are just not in the mood to breastfeed feed bottles are a good alternative.


FRESHENING

Cleaning up your infant can be a wonderful bonding opportunity. After every change of diaper and bath, you may use baby powders that shield the delicate skin from unnecessary moisture and make it clean and smooth. It removes friction, thus leaving the skin cool and cozy.


WIPES

Baby wipes help maintain your baby's skin tidy while leaving it smooth, silky, and comfortable.


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