You went through pregnancy, childbirth and now ready to go back home and start living with the baby. However, once home, maybe you don’t know what you do. These tips can help even first-time nervous parents to feel confident that they will look after a young baby in no time.
Getting Help After the Birth
In this time, consider getting help, which can be very hectic and overwhelming. Talk to your experts during your stay in the hospital. Many hospitals have feeding or lactating specialists who can help you get started feeding. Nurses are also an excellent resource to show how your baby is maintained, burped, changed and cared for.
You may want to hire a baby nurse, postpartum doula or a supervisor of the neighborhood for a short time after the baby is born. Your doctor or hospital can assist you in finding in-home help and refer you to home health services.
Handling a Newborn baby
If you have not gone around newborns for a long time, their fragility can be intimidating. Some basicsthings to remember while handling a newborn baby:
Wash your hands: Newborn babies do not yet have a strong immune system, and therefore they are vulnerable to infection. Make sure everybody with clean hands handles your baby.
Support the head and neck of your baby: Cradle your child’s head and hold it when you are holding up or laying the child’s head.
Never shake your baby in play or frustration:Shaking can lead to brain bleeding and even death. If you have to wake your child, don’t shake, but tickle the feet of your baby or blow carefully on cheeks.
As a new parent, you might be surprised to find out that your newborn sleeping about 16 hours or more, who appears to need you every minute! Newborns usually have 2–4 hours to sleep. Don’t expect that you will sleep through the night— the baby’s digestion system is so small that they need nourishment every few hours and should be awakened if it hasn’t been fed for 4 hours.
When can you expect your child to sleep all night? Many babies sleep at the age of 3 months through the night (between 6–8 hours), but if yours don’t, don’t worry about it. Like adults, babies have to develop their sleep patterns and cycles, so if your baby gets more weight and looks healthy, Don’t be desperate if he or she did not sleep for 3 months during the night.
Feeding and Burping Your Baby
You may be stumped about how often you feed your baby with breasts or bottles. In general, babies should be fed on demand— whenever they appear to be hungry. Your child can call you by weeping, putting fingers or sounds in his throat.
Every 2 to 3 hours a newborn child must be fed. If you breastfeed, offer your child the opportunity to take charge of each breast for about 10-15 minutes. Your baby will probably take approximately 2–3 ounces (60–90 milliliters) in each diet if you are formula feeding.
Certain newborn children may have to be awake every few hours to be able to consume sufficiently. If your newborn has to wake up often or your child does not seem to be involved in chewing and squeezing, call your baby’s doctor.
Bonding and Soothing
In critical periods the first few hours and days after birth when a parent has a deep connection to a child, Bonding is likely one of the most pleasurable aspects of childcare. Closeness may facilitate an emotional relationship.
The attachment leads to their emotional growth for children, which also influences their progress in other fields, such as physical development. Another way of talking about bonding with your child is “to fall in love.” Kids thrive in their lives because they have a mother or other person who loves them more.
Start to bind your baby by cradling him in various patterns and stroking him gently. You and your partner can also take the opportunity to remain “skin to skin” when feeding or cradling your infant against your own body.
Infant massage can be used for babies, particularly premature babies and those with medical problems. Many massage styles can improve bonding and promote children’s development and growth. Most books and videos cover children’s massages— ask for advice from your doctor. However, be vigilant–kids are not as active as adults, so massage your baby gently.
In particular, babies enjoy sounds like talking, laughing, singing and cooing. Perhaps your child would love music as well. Kid rattles and smartphone media are good ways to improve your kid’s hearing. If your baby is fussy, try to sing, recite poems and nursery rhymes, or read aloud while you softly push or rock a kid in a chair.
You should probably decide whether to use a cloth or disposable diapers before you bring back your baby home. No matter what you use, your little one’s diapers are dirty ten times a day, or around 70 times a week.
Make sure that you have all resources within your possession before diapering your child so that the child will not be left unattended at the changing desk. You’re going to need:
- Clean Diaper.
- Diaper ointment.
- Diaper wipes.