Parenting is not an easy job especially if it’s the first time, newborns take some time to adapt to the new environment and need prudent care and attention so they can grow well. Babies are fragile creatures and parents are often very nervous, it can be intimidating but with learning and experience you will be able to tackle everything better.
Get help when you need
Getting help when things are quite difficult can make it easier, if this Is your first you might find things like feeding, bathing, changing and even carrying a little difficult in these situations getting a little help here and there from a nurse or even someone you know would be beneficial until you can get the hang of all the new things. Usually elders who come over would give advice although you may think that you can’t agree with some of them try to listen to some of their advice as they are people with experience.
Handling a baby
Babies are small and seem like they might break with just a wrong move, but don’t be afraid, although it might seem that way at the beginning with time you will gain the confidence and would be able to handle your baby even better, few things that you should remember are, always keep your hands clean before you carry or touch your baby because they don’t have a very strong immune system and are prone to infection which is why it’s very important to be clean.
While cradling the baby make sure to support the head and there is also this practice of shaking the baby for play or for soothing this can be very dangerous, as this could lead to injuries in the brain that may not be visible if you want to soothe or play with the baby use other methods like rubbing the cheek or tickling.
Take caution when travelling use a car seat to keep the baby safe.
Bonding with the child
Baby has this connection with their mother and keeping the baby close physically can also increase the emotional connection. One way of doing is to keep the baby on the chest providing the warmth and stroking the baby and breast feeding, breast feeding has been advised for two years and pure breastfeeding has to be carried during the first 6 months as this not only provides the baby with the nutrition but also help develop the baby’s immunity and increase the bond between the mother and baby.
Another way of calming the baby is swaddling. This is a great way to hold the child and lil’ creaturess waddling will do the trick. This not only provides warmth but also brings this feeling of comfort and security to the child.
Sponge bath should be given until the umbilical cord has fallen off and circumcision heals, afterwards a tub bath can be given, make sure to be gentle and quick and use warm water.
Newborn needs feeding every 2-3 hours and when breast feeding allocate 10-15 minutes feeding for each breast and burp them after the feed.
Babies sleep often, to prevent waking in the night, keep the light low and try to talk and play during the day and avoid it at night.