Your Reference Guide To Caring For A Baby

Your Reference Guide To Caring For A Baby

Bringing a​ new baby home is​ a​ time for great joy and celebration. There are so many exciting experiences waiting for the happy family. But, it​ doesn’t take long for mom and dad to​ discover that caring for a​ newborn baby, while joyful, can be demanding and exhausting. They also discover that their baby definitely has a​ mind of​ his or​ her own and will make his or​ her presence felt in​ a​ hundred and one ways - not all of​ them amusing. as​ most parents will tell you, it’s all a​ matter of​ practice and patience.

Feeding your baby: The first you will need to​ make is​ whether to​ breastfeed or​ bottle-feed your baby. Research shows that, in​ most cases, breast milk is​ the best food for your baby. But some mothers cannot or​ prefer to​ not breastfeed. Baby formula is​ a​ healthy alternative. Always remember to​ burp your baby gently after a​ feeding. While feeding from a​ bottle, make sure your baby is​ not taking in​ air bubbles. a​ newborn baby will need to​ eat every few hours around the clock so be prepared for interrupted sleep. When your baby is​ ready to​ accept semi-solids and solids, introduce one food at​ a​ time. Allow him or​ time to​ get used to​ each food. Avoid baby foods with additives.

Diapering: You will need to​ decide if​ you are going to​ use cloth diapers or​ disposable diapers. if​ you decide on cloth diapers you may want to​ consider using a​ diaper service. Each option has its own pros and cons. Parents usually make a​ decision based on time, convenience, environmental concerns and financial considerations. The best advice I’ve received is​ to​ avoid a​ puritanical fascination for any one type of​ diaper. I use a​ combination of​ cloth and disposable. I use cloth at​ home and disposable diapers when I’m running errands with the baby, visiting friends and relatives, or​ traveling.

Bathing and Grooming: That first bath at​ home can be scary for a​ parent. Until your baby’s umbilical cord stub falls off, only give sponge baths. a​ baby bathtub makes giving your bath easier and safer. Before placing your baby in​ the water, test it​ will your elbow to​ make sure it’s not too hot or​ too cold. Never leave your baby unattended while he or​ she is​ in​ the bath. After the bath, bundle your baby up in​ a​ nice fluffy towel and dry him or​ her thoroughly. Make sure the umbilical area is​ dry and that the eyes, ears and nose are clean. You may need to​ clean these with a​ wet washcloth, but never insert buds into them. Trim your baby’s nails just after a​ bath.

Sleeping: Experts recommend putting your baby to​ sleep on his or​ her back. It’s not uncommon for a​ baby to​ wake at​ least once during the night until he or​ she is​ about a​ year old. The younger the baby, the more times he or​ she will wake during the night for feeding and changing. Feed, change, and comfort your baby when he or​ she wakes up at​ night but don’t turn those “awake” periods at​ night into playtime or​ it​ will be harder for you to​ get your baby to​ the point of​ sleeping through the night.

Common health problems include colic, diaper rash, cradle cap, skin rashes and ear infections. Many of​ these problems need just a​ little extra care and patience. Call your doctor with any concerns or​ questions. if​ your baby is​ in​ pain, take him or​ her in​ for a​ doctor visit.

Traveling: a​ common question of​ parents is​ when it​ is​ safe to​ travel by air with a​ baby. You should wait at​ least two weeks after the baby is​ born to​ take him or​ her on a​ trip that includes a​ flight. After that, most experts say it​ is​ safe to​ travel by air with your baby as​ long as​ your baby is​ not sick. When traveling, pack all the items you need along with plenty of​ extra clothes and diapers. if​ traveling by air, call the airline to​ make arrangements for taking your baby’s car seat or​ carrier and stroller (a combination car seat/stroller works great) on the plane.

Safety and comfort are two of​ the most important things to​ keep in​ mind when you handle your baby. it​ is​ a​ good idea to​ have a​ fairly regular schedule for bathing, feeding, playing and sleeping. Your baby will always respond to​ a​ warm, loving environment. Hold your baby, cuddle him or​ her and respond to​ his or​ her cries. it​ is​ impossible to​ ‘spoil’ a​ little baby. Let your love overflow. Most of​ all enjoy early parenthood - kids grow up very fast.

Your Reference Guide To Caring For A Baby

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