Newborn Baby Care After Birth- 10 Tips for Moms
Congratulations to you on being a mother; you have successfully overcome all these severe stages- pregnancy, pain, and delivery of your baby angel. I know you must be feeling over the moon now and that’s the most natural way. However, taking care of your baby from now on in a 24X7 clockwise routine will whirlwind your regular schedule. Nevertheless, newborn baby care after birth is worth enjoying!
Nonetheless, I understand your tension for the ways to take care of your baby. Therefore, I have researched, talked to moms and dads too, and enlisted this top ten tips for baby care- ultimate guide only to assist you through the way.
Newborn Baby Care After Birth- The Ultimate Guide
Babies are the most sophisticated ones to handle and asks for your utmost attention. Without knowing the proper ways, things might get untidy. Therefore, you need to know about, newborn care basics, and the best baby cares tips with detailing.
After all those nine months of strict schedule and diet chart, it's tempting to indulge yourself to your favorite food items like caffeine. It also helps you to keep asleep during the nights.
Instead, you should eat a balanced diet and drink water a lot; it will help you to breastfeed your baby. Furthermore, adjust your routine with your baby. Sleep with him and work when he is awake. These little adjustments and maintenance will help both you and your baby. Hence newborn care after delivery becomes more of a routine than a headache once you have adjusted with the new routine.
Babies are more prone to infections than us. Moreover, they are softer and have less immune system than us. Thus they need your great intense attention.
- Make sure the surrounding is clean and germ-free.
- Always use a hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap before you take your baby to handle.
- Practice the same for all those who handle your baby.
- Always support the neck and head of your baby while you carry them. Cradle his head upright while carrying and laying him down.
- Never juggle your baby and throw him on the air. They are simply not fit for such rough games.
Comforting Your Baby
More often than not, your baby will cry due to some unavoidable reasons and discomforts. At those times pat her back softly in a rhythmical manner. Anna, an experienced mom, told me that patting helps baby to burp promptly.
If the baby doesn’t stop crying after patting, you need to apply one of these ways to calm down your baby- breastfeeding, clamming, swinging, sheathing, and gently hold him. These are famous calming down tips from Dr. Harvey Karp.
Your initial bondage with your baby will determine his physical, mental, and emotional health in the long term. Research showed that babies are happy when someone with unconditional love is around them.
- Cradle and stroke your baby with care.
- Caress your baby and message him as the doctor prescribed to increase the bonding between you and him.
- Talk with them, sing a song and coo in front of him. Babies love to hear rhythmic sounds.
You need to decide that whether you are going to use a cloth or disposable diaper even before your baby is born. In an average, a baby needs 10 diapers per day and 70 diapers per week, which by all means is on the higher side of your budget. Therefore, prepare yourself long before your baby is born.
Always keep these things within your reach-
- Clean diapers
- Baby ointments in case your baby develops a rash on the skin.
- Diaper wiper
Your Baby Needs Appropriate Feeding
Babies can’t talk but certainly can express themselves when they are hungry. You need to understand the expressions to realize when he is hungry and needs feeding.
- A hungry baby will cry aloud, put his fingers in the mouth, or make facial expression and sounds of suckling.
- Always make sure that your baby burps each time after milking. It helps him to safeguard against gas.
- Never feed your baby forcefully. He will eat whenever he is hungry.
Babies need sound sleep
The growth of your baby depends mainly upon his sleep during the first few weeks of birth. He needs uninterrupted sleep for most of the day. In phases between feeding and waking, your baby should sleep at least for 14-16 hours or more during the first few weeks.
- You may sing a lullaby to help your baby sleeping.
- Most mothers are worried about noise while their baby is in sleep. In reality, your baby is accustomed to sounds since he has been in your womb. So, unless you create loud noises, your baby won’t be disturbed.
- Sometimes babies find it hard to sleep. In these times you might cradle him. I heard one of the mothers rubbing her baby nose gently whenever she had difficulty to sleep. She confirmed to me that it worked almost every time.
Happy Bathing Brightens the Mood
Parents think that their babies need bathing almost daily. Whereas, experts suggest that bathing twice or thrice in a week is perfect. If you give your child a daily bath, it will dry up his soft skin faster than you expect.
- For the first 1-5 weeks, use a sponge for bathing.
- Preferably use scentless and mild soaps.
- Use a soft brush to clean the scalp.
- Try using soft towels made from microfiber.
Association with Dad
Babies are intensively touch-sensitive and recognize each different touch. Therefore, allow your partner, I mean the dad to spend some quality times with the baby. Sometimes, just leave them alone. As the dad touches and cradles his baby, he will recognize him more. It will allow you to take a break and give some time to yourself too.
Association with dad and closest family members is essential for the future socialization of your baby.
Placing Your Baby in the Crib
Usually, after 3-5 weeks, you can put your baby in the crib for sleeping. However, during the initial phase, he might feel uncomfortable to sleep in the crib. You should wrap him gently in a soft blanket so that he feels the warmth. It ensures a sound sleep of your baby.
Hopefully, these guidelines will help you to identify the whole procedure on how to take care of your baby. Nonetheless, I strongly advise you to be extremely patient while you nourish your baby.
Make sure that the nourishment at this early age will shape his future. So, never accelerate or slow down any process too fast, which might jeopardize the tiny baby’s routine. Happy parenting.