baby care

When you first hold your newborn baby in your arms, the feeling is awesome. This sweet bundle of joy is yours! While it may seem overwhelming to take care of a little one – especially if he/she is your first baby – it really is not that hard if you know some of the basics.

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Baby Care Tips:

Talk to your baby.

This may seem obvious to some of you, but whether you are reciting nursery rhymes, talking about what you are doing, telling your baby how
much you love them or just singing a song, babies love the sound of your voice. It is reassuring to them and is a way of expressing your love to them. Talk softly and
sweetly – babies pick up your mood. If you are irritated and it shows in your voice, your baby could become fussy.

Walk with your baby.

Taking a walk with your baby is great for both you and your baby. Make sure you are up to it – don’t push yourself that first week or two after birth. But getting fresh air is a great thing. Make sure your little one is warm enough, but not too warm. Having a stroller is great. It gives you a chance to get some exercise and babies enjoy the ride.

Feeding.

This is essential. If you are breast feeding your baby and having any difficulties, do not hesitate to call a lactation specialist. You should be able to find one
at your local hospital. These women want to help you and can offer advice for any questions you may have. If you have chosen to bottle feed, choose a formula that
is healthy. If one seems to disagree with your baby, try another one. Remember to gently burp your baby after each feeding.

Diapers.

If you have never changed a diaper before, this may seem like a daunting task. Have everything that you may need nearby – wipes, clean diaper, diaper rash cream and perhaps clean clothes. Watch this short video on how to change your baby’s diaper:

Bathing.

We have always used and infant bathtub that fit into our kitchen sink. Have everything ready and within arm’s reach. (baby soap, washcloth,
towel, clean diaper, clean clothes). If possible, have someone there to help you the first time or two. Test the water with your hand or elbow to make sure it is not too
hot or too cold. Gently place your baby in the water. I have always found that keeping one hand on my baby at all times during the bath was very reassuring to him.
Start washing from the head and work down, doing the diaper area last. When done, quickly wrap your baby in a towel to keep warm.

Fingernails.

Right after your baby’s bath is a great time to cut their fingernails. Use a baby nail clipper and hold their hand firmly so they don’t jerk it away and hurt themselves. It really is not hard and after you have done it once you will be a pro at it.

Sleeping.

Babies do sleep a lot, but for shorter periods of time. Be prepared to be up during the night to feed your newborn. Keeping it fairly dark in the room (just a
nightlight so you can see) and being quiet helps teach your little one that it is night time and not time to play. Don’t put too many blankets on your baby – keep them
comfortable, but not too warm or they won’t sleep as well.

Umbilical cord.

Follow the instructions your doctor or midwife has given you on cord care. Keep the area clean. If you have any questions about the way it looks,
give your doctor a call.

Stomach ache.

One common ailment that babies seem to get is a stomach ache. Try to burp them. Rub their back or their tummy. Sometimes even laying them on
their back and moving their legs helps. If your baby seems to suffer from a lot of tummy aches, you may want to check out the food he/she is eating. You may need
to change formulas or if you are breastfeeding – change some food that you are eating.

Cradle cap.

Seeing a rash on your baby’s head is not fun. But it could very well be cradle cap – which, though not pretty, is not dangerous. Click here to learn more about cradle cap.