Tips to Caring for Newborn Babies
Going through 9 months of pregnancy and through the excitement of labor and delivery was a struggling excitement and now that you’re headed home to begin a life with your new baby, you begin to realize that you need more help this time. Consider the following guides in helping you get started on the proper way to handle your newborn.
Options to look for help after giving birth
The hospital is the appropriate place to inquire from its staff what are steps to observe in handling your newborn baby, so while you’re still in the hospital, 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.
Your closest relatives or friends are also a source of help at this time of your life with a newborn baby.
Ways 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.
Always fastened securely your baby when in a carrier, stroller, or car seat, and try to avoid from activities that could be too rough or bouncy.
Ways for soothing the baby and having bonding moments
When parents bond more often with their infant, they are establishing a deep, emotional connection with their infant. Bonding can be done in many ways, like cradling your baby, gently stroking him/her during feeding time, such that there is a close physical connection, or massaging 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.
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 introduced when the baby’s head still needs to be supported, but once the baby can now sit well on his/her own, you may now start introducing him/her into a tub bath.