You are probably reading this article because you are expecting your first born! We all know that feeling of mixed excitement, anticipation and nervousness altogether. It is indeed a milestone for every parent, maybe the most challenging as of the moment of your life!
Now, first time parents are usually paranoid especially that you are actually be taking care of your baby. Here are some few tips to help and guide you:
- Handle your baby properly. Newborn babies are fragile. They have soft bones which are prone to fractures. It is important to know where to place your hand while carrying, feeding or putting them into sleep. Place your hands on your baby’s head and neck to support it well. The head and the neck are usually the most vulnerable since these are the parts that they usually learn move first. Also, watch out with its fingers in both the hands and feet as they are also prone to accidents and fractures.
- Make sure that you are also sanitized as babies are have weak immune system. It is important that you keep away from them if you have the flu! They are very much susceptible to infection so make sure that you clean yourself first before handling them. Try to boost their immunity by breastfeeding and ensuring that the room he/she stays is a clean one. Make sure that they are away from germs and bacteria as well as mosquitos and other insects that increase the chance of the baby being sick.
It is important that newborns have plenty of sleep. This enables them to grow stronger and in a faster rate. Some can even rest and sleep for around 16 hours a day. Just make sure that the baby is well fed (by breastmilk preferably). It is important that the baby is in a quiet and well-ventilated room so that it will not be disturbed at all.
Be careful and gentle in putting them to sleep or waking them up. Avoid shaking them, shaking babies have negative effects, people call it shaken baby syndrome which causes bleeding in the brain or even cause death. Always be gentle with your baby! Remember that your baby is still at the early stage of development, its skull is definitely smaller and much softer.
You also need to need to make sure that you watch your baby’s hygiene is proper. You have to be a diaper-changing expert. You should always check from time to time if the diaper is already full and it needs to be changed as prolonging and keeping the baby wet and exposed to wet diapers will cause rashes and irritations on your baby’s skin.
Lastly, Choose your baby equipment wisely! Having quality baby equipment reduces accidents involving your baby especially while you are away and attending into something. It is important to make sure that they are secured and safe. Be sure to buy baby equipment such as swings and cradles to trusted sellers who sells trusted brands.