How to take care of your newborn baby
Taking care of a newborn baby is not an easy task. Especially if you are first time parent, the job becomes more difficult. Besides, if you are not in a joint family there is no senior with you to advise. Here are some must-know tips about taking care of your newborn baby.
Wash your hand
Make sure to wash your hands before handling your baby. If there is no scope of washing hands, then definitely use a hand sanitizer. Since newborn babies don’t have a strong immune system yet, there is a big risk for infection.
Provide support to head and neck
When holding your baby, provide support to its head and neck. Keep it in mind that the neck muscles of your baby have not developed properly. That means it cannot support its head at its own.
Never shake your newborn. Shaking can cause bleeding in the brain and even it can lead to death. If you need to wake your infant, don’t do it by shaking. Rather tickle your baby’s feet or blow gently on a cheek.
Don’t throw it in the air
Limit any activity that could be too rough or bouncy for your baby. Remember that your newborn is not ready for rough play, such as being jiggled on the knee or thrown in the air.
What babies love to hear
Babies usually love vocal sounds, such as talking, babbling, singing, and cooing. Your baby will probably also love listening to music. Baby rattles and musical mobiles are other good ways to stimulate your infant’s hearing.
You may opt to feed your baby either from the breast or through the bottle. However, breastfeeding is a better decision. When the baby is to be fed. It can be fed whenever it seems hungry. You can guess from some activities of the baby if it is hungry. It may cue you by crying, putting fingers in his or her mouth, or making sucking noises.
When to be fed
A newborn baby needs to be fed every 2 to 3 hours. If you’re breastfeeding, give your baby the chance to nurse about 10–15 minutes at each breast. If you’re providing drink through a bottle, give it about 2–3 ounces (60–90 milliliters) at each feeding.