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Newborn Baby Care Basics
After so much waiting, from 9 months of pregnancy to labor and delivery, you’re now holding your newborn baby, and just to realize that there’s much help that you will need this time. The following are proper ways to consider in handling your newborn baby.
Options to look for help after giving birth
While still in the hospital, that is the best time to inquire and talk to feeding specialists or lactation consultants, who can demonstrate how to nurse-feed or bottle-feed your newborn baby, and ask a nurse to show you how to hold, burp, change diapers, and care for your baby.
When you’re now settled at home, the kind of help you need to assist you with the newborn can come from the following: your doctor, who can provide you information about in-home help and might even be able to give you referrals to home health agencies, or a baby nurse or a responsible neighborhood teenager on a short time basis.
In addition, relatives and friends are there to volunteer, especially to whom you are close with.
Because newborn babies do not have a strong immune system, they are likely susceptible to infection; therefore, before handling your baby, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer and make sure that anyone who handles your baby has clean hands.
Cradle the head of your baby when you’re carrying him/her and support the head when carrying upright or when you’re laying your baby down.
Your baby must be securely fastened when he/she is in a carrier, stroller, or car seat, and try to avoid from activities that could be too rough or bouncy.
The most pleasurable aspects of infant care is those bonding moments between the parents and the baby, and it is through bonding with each other where parents establish a deep, emotional connection with their infant. Bonding can be done in many ways, like cradling your baby, gently stroking him/her during feeding time, such that there is a close physical connection, or massaging gently your baby.
Another way to bond with your baby is through vocal sounds, such as: reciting poetry and nursery rhymes, singing nursery rhymes, babbling and cooing while you’re rocking your baby gently in a chair.
These are important to take note about bathing the baby: the baby should be bathed 2-3 times a week for the first year and sponge baths take place when the umbilical cord falls off and the navel heals completely, about 1-4 weeks, or when the circumcision heals, about 1-2 weeks.
When the baby’s head still needs to be supported, sponge baths are to be provided until such time when the baby can very well support his/her head and can sit well, then that would be the time to introduce tub baths.