Welcoming a newborn can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences of life. If this is your first acquaintance with your bundle of joy, you are likely to have some unresolved queries because childcare and nursing is an art which is acquired over time (although a mother can have spontaneous instincts when she has delivered her child!).
Your connection with your newborn comes slowly and with some careful interpretations, and you can expedite this procedure by adhering to the hints which come often. Here are some hints which may ease childcare. You can also consider them the don’ts of new born care.
Mistakes To Avoid In A New Born Baby Care
Caring for a newborn can be fiddly when you are not sure of the right path to choose. You certainly intend to give the best in your efforts. But a new born needs time to adjust to the world around her/him. Do not lose heart if you cannot emerge successful in an attempt. Keep trying and take assistance from someone you rely upon, including your partner.
A newborn can sleep for more than half the day (16 hours or more). Some babies sleep in short sessions (may be 2-3 hours at a time). Others enjoy more extended sessions of sleep. Just like an adult, a new born too has various phases of sleep like light sleep, deep and extremely deep sleep.
During the first few weeks, your new born’s sleep pattern can be annoying with all the extra work you have (accompanied by lack of appropriate rest). This is likely to change as your baby grows giving you more of (extended) resting time. Don’t interfere with the baby’s sleep too soon! You can make adjustments when your child is 4 months or older.
A new born has a small tummy which needs frequent filling and emptying. Children may not reveal a uniform feeding pattern, even if they belong to the same mother. You have to identify your child’s feeding pattern and then make adjustments. Generally, breastfed babies feel hungry earlier than bottle fed babies. A breast feeding new born may demand milk every two hours while a bottle feeding may go without milk for 3 or more hours.
Some babies may sleep for extended hours without feeding. Although pediatricians may advice to avoid a newborn sleep too long without feeding, it is important to consult your pediatrician if your new born reveals such a pattern. Feeding babies while asleep (before demanding a feed) can make them too demanding when they grow up.
Infants below three months of age are likely to be colic. Parents may misinterpret this for intolerance to the formula milk they give to their young ones. Possibly, the best way to deal with colic is to allow its spontaneous dismissal. But there are some precautions which you should keep in mind when choosing to bottle feed your new born. Positioning the baby incorrectly may cause choking while feeding. Keep her/him upright or inclined at some angle.
You may have to try a number of bottles and/or positions before arriving at the most suited one. So avoid stacking up too much inventory because you may need to change too soon.
Some babies do not burp no matter how much you try to make them burp. In the first few months, a little assistance should be provided. Thereafter, they can burp on their own.
If you are really anxious of the burping, allow her/him to lie down for sometime so that the milk and air settle. Then pick up your child. But you should not worry if your child hasn’t burped.