When a baby is born, it is super delicate. Handling a newborn therefore should be delicate as well. However, if you are parents for the first time, then it is obvious that you will not know everything that is required for newborn care. However, your baby is a baby too and like other babies, your baby would require delicate handling. Taking care of a newborn is a challenging task. However, parenthood is rewarding in itself as well. This article will help you with some of the basic things that you need to know when you are handling a newborn for the first time.
The first few months of a baby are the main time. The body is in general very delicate and the organs are even not firmly positioned. There are a lot of things that change in the first few months. Therefore, the initial care must be done in the right way.
5 tips for Newborn Care
Taking care of a newborn as already said is one of the toughest challenges that you will be facing. It will be even tougher if you are handling a baby for the first time. However, we hope these tips will help you to tackle your newborn with care.
1. Feeding your baby on time
This is the primary newborn care that you must abide by. Feeding your baby at the right time is a must thing to do. Your little one should be fed once every two to three hours. That is 8-12 times a day. Also, you must breastfeed your baby for at least the first six months. There is nothing that can beat breast milk that your child can have. It has all the nutrients that your child would require for proper growth.
2. Diapering your Newborn Correctly
Diapering is basic when it comes to a newborn. If your baby is getting a proper quotient of breast milk, then it is likely that you will need a diaper change a minimum of 6-8 times a day. The diaper change however can even go up to 10-11 times in a day. If you think the diaper is full, change it immediately. Not changing your baby’s diaper on time might lead to rashes and even UTIs. Change the sheet, use wipes to clean off, powder your little one, and put on a fresh diaper again.
3. Holding your Newborn
If you are parents for the first time and have not handled babies before, it is quite obvious that you might know the correct way in which a baby has to be held. However, remember your baby is extremely delicate, and holding the baby correctly is a major part of newborn care else your baby might get injured. A newborn’s head and neck are very fragile. Make sure that while holding your baby, you use one hand to give support to the neck and head while you can use the other hand to hold your baby.
4. Make your Baby burp
Once you are done feeding your baby, make sure you make your baby burp. Burping is extremely important for newborns. This is mainly because while breastfeeding, a newborn swallow a lot of air along with the breast milk. This swallowing of air can lead to the formation of gas in the body which will affect the baby’s body adversely. Therefore, you have to make sure that your baby is burping after being fed. You can make your baby burp by gently stroking your baby. You need to stroke your baby’s back for her to burp.
5. Know the Sleeping Patterns
Newborn babies sleep most of the time during the day. For the initial two months a newborn sleep for 16-18 hours. They usually take a nap of 2-3 hours and wake up when the diapers are full or if they are hungry. However, this is the general pattern for babies. Your baby is an individual in itself and might not have the same pattern as others. Do not get disturbed if you see your baby not doing the same thing that most of the other babies do. However, while asleep, do keep changing your little one’s head position else they might feel suffocated while sleeping and may wake up crying.
Parenthood is indeed a beautiful journey. It is a one-of-a-kind lifetime experience to become parents. Parenthood is rewarding too. However, parenthood has challenges as well. It has anxieties, it has its own set of difficulties to handle too. If you have become parents for the first time you will need to learn a lot of things so that you can take care of your newborn. Newborn care is the primary thing. Hope this article will help you to handle your newborn!