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Newborn Baby Care Basics

After surviving for 9 months of pregnancy and made it through the excitement of labor and delivery, you’re now ready to head home and begin life with your baby, and as soon as you’re home you begin to realize that you need help during this time. These are practical tips in helping you follow the proper way to handle your new baby.

Getting help after childbirth

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.

Your doctor can be a good source for finding information about in-home help and might even be able to give you referrals to home health agencies; otherwise, you may decide on hiring a baby nurse or hire 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.

How to handle a newborn

Newborn babies are susceptible to infection because they do not have yet a strong immune system; therefore, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your baby and make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.

It is important to protect the baby’s head, so 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.

Always fastened securely your baby when in a carrier, stroller, or car seat, and try to avoid from activities that could be too rough or bouncy.

Ways for soothing the baby and having bonding moments

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 you’re your infant is basically cradling your baby, gently stroking him/her during feeding time, such that there is a close physical connection, or bonding can be enhanced when you massage 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.

Kinds of baby baths

For the first year, the baby should be bathed 2-3 times a week 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.