Caring for a new born is not child’s play and you may not get all the learning on your own. Fortunately, if you have your granny or mother around, she can be one of the best mentors to guide you in achieving successful motherhood.
However, even if you are not amongst the lucky ones, the wide knowledge portal available today can give you ample feedback on having a rewarding experience with your bundle of joy. Appropriate guidelines can help you perform the chores more skillfully and confidently.
Essential Tips To Care For Newborn Baby
Getting Closer To Your Newborn
One of the best ways to hone your skills towards nursing and caring for your newly born is to get acquainted with the physiology of your new born. During the first year, a newborn undergoes tremendous changes which need careful observation to ascertain that you do not panic at every bodily or behavioral change you see.
Most of the changes can be absolutely normal and spontaneous. However, if you observe an unnatural or abnormal change, it is better to consult your health care provider than remain in doubt or ignorant. Your child has taken the first step towards a new world and shall reveal his/her responses mostly through reflexes and behavioral changes. Get yourself attuned to the reflexes and behavioral changes to understand what your child intends to convey you.
Your Quick Guide To Deal With The Chores
There are some essentially important things you may be curious to know regarding a new born. These largely help you understand his/her world and relate it to your own.
Handling With Care And Gentle Touch
Touching can contribute to great bonding between you and your newborn. Since your newborn is soft and fragile, you need utmost care in handling him/her. A newborn cannot hold his/her neck and constantly needs support till the head can be spontaneously held up. Use both your hands to hold your newborn – providing balanced support – with one hand supporting the bottom and the other supporting the neck and head region. Be careful when transferring baby from your hands to someone else’s as unbalanced support can make the child uncomfortable, even susceptible to fall.
Since newborns can easily get infected, they should be carried with clean hands. All their belongings must also be preserved at a hygienic location and touched with clean hands. When using a carrier or stroller, ensure that your baby is securely fastened to avoid sudden fall or injury.
Feeding And Nursing Newborn
Newborns are usually fed on demand which can be at every 2-3 hours interval. However, individual child needs may differ and your child may not essentially follow this schedule. Some babies have to be disrupted from sleep in order that they get enough intake of nutrition. If your baby does not seem interested in consuming milk (or eating), consult your health care provider for appropriate advice. It is recommended that newborns should ideally be exclusively breastfed for the first few months (around six months of age). Thereafter, soft home-made edibles and drinks should be supplemented to cater to the increasing bodily demand of nutrition and energy. When formula feeding, it can be easy to check the consumption of milk.
However, when breast-feeding, you need to observe certain things in order to recognize the adequacy of milk. If your baby follows a pattern (of about 10-15 minutes of sucking), feels happy and contented, passes the regular urine and stools, takes sufficient sleep and is scoring well on the weight scale then he/she is possibly getting the right requirement of food. You can also feel your breasts less full after your newborn consumes sufficient milk. Burping is essential for newborn as he/she often swallows air while feeding.
The right feeding position ensures minimal air swallowing. Swallowing air can interrupt feeding or make your baby uncomfortable. After every feed, burping is needed. Gassy babies may demand more frequent burping. Burping can be done by holding the baby upright in your arms and gently patting the back. You can also let the baby sit upright (but not for long for the first few months) by supporting the chest and head and then pat gently.
Getting Newborn To Sleep
Newborns generally have their unique sleeping patterns – some prefer the short 2-4 hours schedule while others may want to sleep for more extended hours (more than 4 hours at a stretch). Since newborns need nourishment at short intervals, they need to be fed after every few hours.
Some babies may be active throughout night and cause inconvenience to your sleep schedule. By keeping them active (and less sleepy) throughout daytime, you can develop their sleep schedule which suits your own. Reduce the intensity of light and noise to enable your baby sleep properly. However, it is not desired to make the house soundproof. It is not obligatory than the more a baby sleeps, the healthier he/she is. If the baby reveals balanced behavioral changes and scores well on health parameters, there is possibly no cause of concern.
It may be time when you acquire all the necessary skills of parenting, particularly when this happens to be your first experience of motherhood. There are some precautions which should be adhered to in order to avoid damage to the baby. These include sudden noise, shaking your newborn, rough play, forceful feeding and improper handling. If your newborn shows continuous resistance or fear to any activity, attend to it immediately.