Becoming a parent is one of the most incredible things in the world. It can also be one of the most overwhelming! All of a sudden there's this tiny human, and you're responsible for educating and raising her! To say the first few months are challenging is an understatement. Newborns can be exhausting, and you don't always know what they need. It's a great time to look for help, support, and advice.
Here are seven tips that can help you care for your newborn baby.
Here at Covered Goods® we're huge supporters of the "Fed is Best" movement. As a parent, you need to do what's best for you and your baby. Whether your baby is breast or formula fed, for the first six months experts recommend no water or juice. After six months, you'll be able to include some other liquids as well as solids in her diet. And, of course, always talk to your doctor when making decisions about how to feed your baby.
A newborn's bones and muscles are not completely developed at birth, so she can't hold her head by herself. That's why it's important to always hold your baby's head and neck during the first three months. Hold her as close as possible to your chest, and practice "skin to skin" whenever you have a chance. This may also be a great time to try out baby wearing! Carrying your infant in a sling or wrap will often help calm her.
It's important to help your newborn baby burp, and pass air from her stomach. Janina Potter, a writer at proessaywriting reviews at Edubirdie advises putting your baby on your shoulder, with her belly touching you. Then, gently rub her back until she manages to burp. Put a burp cloth on your shoulder just in case there's any spit up!
For the first few months, when baby is waking frequently, you may consider putting a crib or bassinet close to your bed for easy access.
When in the womb, your baby receives nutrients through her umbilical cord. At birth, it is cut (and that's how the navel is formed). Gently clean the umbilical cord when you bathe your baby. Over time, it will change color, going from yellow to dark brown (ultimately it will fall off).
Make a habit of checking your baby's diaper after feedings, and change it regularly. A wet diaper can lead to diaper rash and infection.
A baby bath or basin is a great investment for your newborn. Bathe your baby two to three times a week in lukewarm water (not too hot, not too cold). Use a sponge and gently pour water on her skin. This can be a relaxing activity for you and baby!
Your first baby changes everything—in the best way possible. Take a few deep breaths, and try to enjoy this time as much as possible—it goes far too quickly!
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