For most new parents, the experience can range from pure pleasure to absolute terror. It is a challenge for the new mom to make sure that her infant is well taken care, as it is a round-the-clock task. However, it is advisable for the new parents to make way for mistakes, as taking care of your baby is a gradually improving process. Apart from handling the baby rightly, do not forget that taking care of your child is equally exhausting.
Always remember, your baby is unique and there is a hundred percent chance that her needs are quite different from the baby next-door. Baby care simply involves feeding, cleaning and tucking them to sleep; however, the trick is to get it right and your task starts tough but gets simpler along the way.
It is therefore advisable to get the right tips before you get started. The basic task of baby care is quite simple, however, acquiring the basic knowledge about what task lies ahead can be quite a help. So, let’s get started with the most basic steps of baby care that the new mom needs to know.
Make sure you have got everything you need within your easy reach. Having fresh diapers, fresh clothes, ointment and dry tissue handy will save you a deal of trouble. While changing or cleaning, be sure never to leave your little one un-attended as there are full chances that the baby might squirt some poop around.
As for the little girls, cleaning requires wiping the baby bottom all the way from front to back. Cleaning from within the folds of the labia for the baby girls is important, as poop tends to accumulate there quite often.
Boys are naughty right from the start! You are sure to get an early shower of surprise pee from your little boy once you open his diapers. So, be sure to place a towel or tissue wipes over his private part to avoid this ‘shower’.
Sure they are convenient and save you a ton of trouble, but dealing with diapers is equally an important task. Make sure you protect your baby from the diaper rashes that can erupt. To do this, changing your little one’s diapers frequently is necessary. Make sure not to leave your baby on wet diaper surface for long and dry her bottom every time you change.
Airing the baby’s bottom is also important and this can be done either by simply leaving her diaper-less for a while or wiping it dry. In case your baby suffers from diaper rash, be sure to liberally apply Vaseline or A+D ointment. The ointment usually works as it creates as a barrier between skin and the wet surface, thus protecting your baby’s delicate bottom.
Feeding Your Baby
For the new moms, it is always a matter of concern whether your baby is getting enough nourishment. Since your infant cannot speak for herself, it is up to you to understand her needs and requirements. Normally, the baby tends to gain back her weight at birth within two weeks of birth. If your baby’s poop is mustard yellow, it is a sure sign that all is well inside her stomach.
Feeding might be uncomfortable both for the mother and child at first, but it eventually gets simpler gradually with time. All you need to focus on is how well you manage to balance your baby’s head as you feed her. The first feed that follows the first few hours of birth is important as it is loaded with essential antibodies, so be sure to feed your baby at that time. What starts off as a few ounces of breast milk at the beginning eventually grow up in quantity with time.
With in a few weeks of your baby’s birth you might notice white flakes developing on her scalp. This is generally termed as ‘cradle cap’ and is nothing to fear. All you need to do is wipe your baby’s scalp gently with olive oil frequently to get rid of the flakes. While you are as the task, be sure to wipe your little one behind the ears and around the neck as well.
Now that your baby is cleaned and well fed, it is time to get her burping. This step is just as important as any other as it ensures proper digestion. For this, all you need to do is place your baby on your shoulders and pat her back gently couple of times. Once your baby burps, you can rest assured that all is well taken care of.
Careful With the Cord
All babies come with the cord and taking care of it is just as important. However, the umbilical cord does not require any care as such. All that you need to do is watch over as the cord tends to fall off within two to three weeks of birth.
The point is to make sure that the area does not catch any infection, to avoid any you can wipe the area with a reliable antiseptic cream or lotion on regular basis. Also, make sure that the cord is kept dry, as wetness will only aggravate the chances of infection. Once the cord falls-off on its own, check out for any bleeding or redness around the area because that is when you need to contact a pediatrician.
Along with the mother’s milk, it is also important to make sure you occasionally feed her through the bottle as well. While choosing a baby bottle, it is important to bear in mind that it is angled and is designed with disposable liners. While feeding, make sure to angle the bottle in such a manner that the entire nipple is filled with milk. Bottle that is free from bisphenol-A is highly recommended for infant feed.
Now, just because you can toss-in your food in to the microwave to heat up, it does not mean you can do the same with your baby’s nutrition as well. This is generally because when you microwave baby milk, it creates hotspots. This basically infers that the useful antibodies present in the milk are destroyed.
The best way to warm the milk is to pop the bottle in to a vessel filled with hot water. However, for mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies for a long time, it is advisable not to introduce the bottle too soon. This is mainly because infants find it easier to suck milk through the bottle than the mother’s nipple.