How to Take Care of a Newborn Baby?
Are you a new parent? Have you just had a baby recently? Then you will know that having a baby is one of the most beautiful things any relationship will have. It’s an achievement for many adults, especially if they have dreamed of becoming parents for so long! You are now officially caring for another little person fully dependent on you. It’s a start of a whole new chapter to your family’s story, and you will be able to enjoy all the firsts and experiences you and your baby will definitely love.
Luckily, you will be able to find a lot of guides to help care for your newborn baby. In this article, we show you how to take care of a newborn baby!
Why Learn How to Take Care of a Newborn Baby?
What if you aren’t a parent yet? Can’t you just wing it once your baby is born, or learn all these things yourself once you start to actually experience it? You actually can do this, though it’s not recommended! While caring for your baby is a fun experience, you must first be physically and emotionally prepared before he is born in order for you to be ready for whatever will come.
Whether you are a parent or not, it’s best to learn how to take care of a newborn baby in order for you to be prepared when you become a parent yourself, or if you are caring for a family or friend’s child! After all, your baby is one of the most precious people in your world today, and you would obviously want to care for him properly. This is for him to avoid getting hurt, to be well-cleaned, and for him to learn and love you with all the things you do for him. Caring for a newborn baby may be tough, but it will be worth it in the long run!
There are tons of things parents need to prepare for when taking care of a newborn baby, and it isn’t just the basic materials they need to prepare for, but their mental abilities as well! Parents will soon learn patience and understanding when caring for newborn babies, especially when they will be experiencing messes and crying along the way. While you may be in dismay about what to do, we will show you the ways on how to take care for your baby when feeding, bathing, and all other aspects of caring for your newborn!
How to Take Care of a Newborn Baby?
Like mentioned, there are many different things you need to know when taking care of a newborn baby. Some may be easy and fun, some may be difficult and frustrating. Either way, you will need to know them all and be prepared in order for your baby to be well taken care of. Here are those different things and how to properly do them:
Prepare all things before birth
Make sure that everything is already prepared even before your child is born. That way, you won’t be scrambling and wasting a lot of time and effort once he is there! You don’t want to be missing things he needs at the moment, nor do you want to go out and purchase these items, leaving him or having to bring him all the way to the store.
So make sure you are organized and create a list on what you need, purchasing them all and keeping them in good places you can reach. Prepare your baby’s room, as well as purchase the necessities such as clothes, a good crip, a baby monitor, and all the other things that will ensure safety and care for your newborn. It’s also best to take lessons beforehand, with teachers showing you the way on how to properly care for your child.
Handling or swaddling your baby
When handling your baby, you do it with care. You do not just pick him up and hold him! There are proper ways to do so. Make sure that your hands are clean and sanitized before doing so, and remove all your accessories and wear clothes with soft material to avoid harming your baby. Make sure you hold him in a way that his head and neck are well-supported.
If your baby is crying, do NOT shake your newborn, whether it is out of frustration or joy! Make sure that you are cuddling and soothing him, playing relaxing music. You can also try to change his diaper or burp him, as that may be the reason as to why he is crying. Sometimes, they just want to be held or fed. Once you experience enough of these sessions, you will soon learn how to properly soothe your baby when he is crying.
Your newborn baby is not ready for rough play yet, so make sure you know your limits and that you play with him in such a way that is not too intense, but he will still have fun. Use toys and cuddles to interact with him, and help him learn the different shapes and colors!
Both you and your baby should get adequate rest. The amount of sleep babies get really depends. Some may sleep straight, while others would wake up every few hours wanting to be fed. Either way, they do not know time yet and you will need to adjust to his schedule until such time that you can control their sleeping patterns. Make sure that they are well-fed (every 4 hours) and that you are there if they start to wake up. Also, make sure that your baby’s sleeping position is on its back to avoid SIDS, and that his head is comfortable with soft pillows.
Breastfeeding or bottle feeding
Now this is the question every mom thinks about. There are different pros and cons to it, and it all depends on the preference of the parent.
When breastfeeding, make sure that your baby is being breastfed properly, with you holding him by your breast and seeing to it that he is getting the formula he needs. You may need to pull him up and position him in such a way that his mouth is covering your nipples and areola. It shouldn’t hurt, and your baby may latch-on, then you can use your pinky finger to avoid that. Your baby should be nursed for about 8-12 times throughout the day, without any strict schedule.
It may take about 40 minutes to properly breastfeed your baby, so make sure you are in a comfortable position. Also, make sure that you keep a good diet so you will be able to produce healthy formula for your baby.
Formula feeding has its own pros, with you being able to control and to know how much your baby is having. But many say it’s better when your baby is breastfed. But again, it’s what you prefer and as long as your child is eating healthy and in enough amounts, there is no need to worry.
When formula feeding, make sure you have good quality bottle. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and sterilize the bottle. Feed your baby when he is hungry, usually every 2-3 hours. Throw away any old formula after the feeding, and make sure that you do NOT store any formula for over 24 hours. When bottle feeding he should be in a comfortable position, at a 45 degree angle with his back, head, and neck supported. Tilt the bottle a bit but not too much, as this may cause your baby to choke!
Putting on diapers and bathing your baby
Cleaning your baby and changing diapers may be daunting, but not impossible! Make sure you sponge bathe your baby for the first few weeks, and then move on to an infant tub once their umbilical stump is healed. That takes about a few weeks after birth.
When bathing your baby, you should make sure that he is clean and avoid any soap residue. Make sure that the water is warm and that he is comfortable the whole time. Changing diapers is similar. Make sure that the trash can is there and that you change him regularly to avoid any illnesses.
Having a baby can be a bit of a daunting experience. Like mentioned, you will both be experiencing a lot of firsts. Not only will they be good firsts like feeding or bathing, but they may end up being a bit scary as well, such as handling him while he is crying, or if he makes messes! You may cry out of frustration at times, but in the end, it will be worth all the trouble as you witness him grow into a beautiful toddler who has been well taken care of.
Hopefully this guide will have helped you prepare for your baby!