Newborn Care: A Guide for First Parents

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Are you a new mom or dad wondering how to take care of your newborn baby? Then read the tips below.

You can be excited about the birth of your newborn, but at the same time you may have mixed feelings about how your parenting journey would go. Are you able to properly take care of the baby? How do I recognize his hunger signs? If it’s your first child, you can panic. But you don’t have to worry as we have some useful tips to help you on this new journey. Here we explain how to take care of your newborn and enjoy parenting.

Keep: The baby’s neck muscles are not yet developed, so you will need to support their head when you pick them up.

Bathe: It can be challenging but should be done right. Try to be gentle and use a mild baby shampoo. Hold the baby in the correct position and don’t be too hard. Whatever products you choose for the baby, they should be of good quality, clinically tested, and not dry out the baby’s skin. You can talk to the doctor about what to choose and avoid. The baby product should be tested negative for allergies.

Breastfeeding: It should be done when the baby asks. Crying, putting hands to mouth, licking lips, sucking, and clenching fingers are some of the signs that the baby is hungry. So feed the baby on time.

Restrict visitors: Yes, everyone will be happy to see the baby. But without sounding rude, you need to politely restrict visitors. Explain to them that the baby is prone to infection and that it is a safe bet to be careful rather than regret it.

Dress appropriately: Covering the baby is a strict no. The baby may sweat profusely, feel irritable, and moody.

Diaper change: When you become a parent for the first time, you will be shocked at how many diapers the baby goes through in a day. To make it easier for you, try to keep enough diapers before you bring your baby home. Be prepared for diaper rashes as most children between the ages of 0 and 2 will develop a diaper rash from time to time. Don’t forget to use a diaper rash cream when changing diapers. It reduces the friction on the skin and offers the baby sufficient protection.

Massage: It’s one of the best ways to connect with the little one. Be gentle while you massage the baby. Did you know already? Massaging can improve sleep and is calming and relaxing.

Sleep: Your little one can sleep most of the time. But remember that he / she can wake up at night too. So instead of getting frustrated or irritated, be prepared.

Take away message: See the doctor if the baby has a fever, cough, cold, watery stool, chest discomfort, refuses to eat, and vomits every now and then.

(The author is a neonatologist and pediatrician, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar.)

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