When it comes to taking care of the newborn baby, your attention towards your child being a parent is an important one. One has to be extra cautious especially while feeding and soothing the infant. So, we’ve got a handful of important tips for you to take care of your newborn baby easily.
Sometimes, even If you are lactating enough, nursing in the early days after childbirth can be difficult. Make sure you speak to a friend who was successful with nursing during her time. You can also ask the nurses at the hospital to advise you when you’re ready to feed the baby.
At home, your first priority should be to rush to your child and feed when you hear him or her crying in hunger. But remember that feeding takes time, so get comfortable as you sit with the child.
Blocked ducts or engorged breasts is a common issue during lactation. The best remedy would be a heating pad or a warm cloth that you can conform to your breast. Heat helps the milk flow and will help relieve any strain you may be experiencing in the breast tissue.
Feeding can leave breasts sore and something as basic as an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas can do the trick. Some mothers may want the baby to take to the bottle but timing is important. Introduce the bottle only after breastfeeding has been established but before the baby turns 3 months old. Other than eating, babies sleep a lot. In fact, newborns are known to sleep for as long as 16 hours a day. But the mother has to remain cautious always.
Sleep deprivation is a common issue for all the new mothers. So, the best way to combat it is to sleep when the baby sleeps. Take naps when your baby is asleep to catch up on your lost sleep and also make it a point to turn in early. It will also help to take turns to take care of the baby. Involve the father in the baby’s care, so you can rest or get chores done while he attends the baby.
If your newborn has trouble in sleeping, try nursing or rocking the cradle. Holding the baby close and soothing it gently also helps – do whatever it takes to put the little one to bed.
To soothe a crying baby patience is the ultimate key. Through a few hits and misses, you’ll soon figure out what the baby is trying to communicate.
If your infant is fussing a bit too much and nothing seems to work, try swaddling and shushing. Swinging and cradling may also help. Holding the baby on its side may also help them relax and calm down. Music is another thing that may help to calm the infant. Soothing, soft tunes for your baby will help it relax and stop crying. Try different methods and tricks to soothe the baby and stick to those as your go-to moves to shush a fussing or a restless baby.
Instruct the father and help him to bond with the baby, and allow him to make mistakes too. Remember that as parents you’re both figuring this out as you go. Divide the duties because both the parents should spend time with the child.
Even though your first instinct is to choose your baby over yourself, it is important to take care of yourself too. A relaxed, happy mother can provide for her child better than one who is constantly tired or sleep-deprived.
It is also important to accept help whenever someone offers. Similarly, do not hesitate to ask for help. Your friends and family understand that as new parents you will need all the help you can get, so be specific about what you need without any hesitation.
Make sure that you spare some time for yourself as well. If you take out the baby for the first time after birth, make sure that you have someone with you.
In case you have to go out alone without any kind of backup, make sure it is a place that is more likely to welcome the baby and is relatively calm. When going out, pack your bag properly for emergencies and carry all the supplies you can anticipate you’ll need. It is better to carry a bit extra than to find you’re lacking in a few essentials. Carrying spare clothes for you as well as for your baby is best.