A Simple Plan: Tips

Guide to Newborn Care

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. The following are proper ways to consider in handling your newborn baby.

Getting help after childbirth

While still in the hospital, that is the best time to 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.

Your doctor can be a good source for finding information about in-home help and might even be able to give you referrals to home health agencies; otherwise, you may decide on hiring a baby nurse or hire a responsible neighborhood teenager on a short time basis.

In addition, relatives and friends are there to volunteer, especially to whom you are close with.

How 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.

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.

Reciting poetry and nursery rhymes, singing nursery rhymes, babbling and cooing while you’re rocking your baby gently in a chair are also ways of bonding with your baby through vocal sounds.

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.