Tips to Caring for Newborn Babies
After so much waiting, from 9 months of pregnancy to labor and delivery, you’re now holding your newborn baby, and just to realize that there’s much help that you will need this time. The following are proper ways to consider in handling your newborn baby.
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.
You may want to ask help from your closest relatives or friends, whom you are comfortable with.
Because newborn babies do not have a strong immune system, they are likely susceptible to infection; therefore, before handling your baby, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer and make sure that anyone 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.
Your baby must be securely fastened when he/she is 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
Bonding is the most pleasurable aspect of infant care, because it is in these moments where parents establish 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.
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.
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.