Taking care of a newborn can be overwhelming – especially if it’s your first. It can be very challenging especially in the early weeks when there are many worries and doubts. With growing nuclear families the parents find it difficult to understand the needs of the baby. We can help you understand your baby’s needs and provide practical tips. The common issues during the neonatal period are,
Holding :Your newborn’s neck muscles are not yet developed, so you will need to support her head whenever you pick her up. You should also support her head against your shoulder or with your opposite hand while carrying her.Most babies start to attain head control by 4 to 5 month of age
Bathing and Massage :Baby care after birth invariably involves bathing your baby, which is one of the biggest challenges for a new mom. The babies skin is very sensitive and may not tolerate massage and daily bathing. Massages can relax babies, improve their sleep patterns and calm them when they are irritable. Giving your baby a massage is also a great way to bond with her, but the type of oil and lotion does not matter as long is suits your child.
Diaper Change and diaper rash :Many first-time parents are surprised at how many diapers their baby goes through in a day. Also, be prepared for nappy rashes as most children Keep your baby’s diaper area dry and apply diaper rash cream. It repels moisture and reduces friction on the skin, thereby providing complete protection.
Comforting :Most babies cry for an average of 2 hours a day during the first 3 months. As shocking as it may be, it’s also normal.To comfort your baby, first try to determine the cause of your baby’s discomfort – hunger,gas,diaper,change,nap or is the your baby over-stimulated by noise, lights or activity.To help soothe a sleepy or over-stimulated baby, hold her on your shoulder while gently rocking her. Sing or speak softly to your baby—reassure her with your calm voice. Rubbing your baby’s back as you do so can also help calm her. Try different positions to find one that’s comfortable for both of you.
Feeding :Nothing is better for your newborn baby than breast milk. Nutritionally speaking, it’s tailor-made for your infant. The cuddling that comes with nursing and feeding helps in building a strong, loving bond between you and your baby.
Sleep :Your baby’s sleep patterns change as she grows up. The new born sleeps through a major part of the 24 hours, waking up often during both day and night.. As your baby grows up she starts to develop a more concrete night-time sleep routine with fewer daytime “naps.” You can help her with this by teaching her that night-time is for sleep, and not play.