You’ve successfully gone through the 9 months of pregnancy, labor, and you’ve delivered a perfectly healthy baby, what now? One of the most searched trends on the internet for first-time mommies and daddies are tips that can help them in the most nervous of situations regarding their newborn.
In this article, we are going to tell you a few tips that will put all those nerves at rest.
Ask for some help getting started
The first thought when a mommy delivers her baby is what to do next? Do you hold it? Do you leave it alone to rest? Consider asking the nurses for help regarding the basics as they’ve seen hundreds of deliveries and are trained to help new parents to settle with their child. They can show you how to start nursing your newborn and how to bottle-feed. Nurses can also teach you how to hold your baby, how to burp, how to change diapers, and in general teach you how to take care of it.
How to handle a newborn?
There is nothing to be afraid if haven’t spent any time around newborns previously. At first, their fragility might intimidate you, but that all goes away as soon as you get the hang of it. According to Stay at Home Mum, here are a few basic tips to remember for handling newborns.
• Always wash your hands!
Always wash your hands before handling the baby since newborns have a weak immune system and it takes time for them to get stronger. With a weaker immune system, your baby is much more easily exposed to infections and diseases.
• Support your baby’s neck and head when handling him/her
Newborns are fragile and small, so make sure you always cradle the head when carrying your baby. Also, make sure to properly support its head when carrying the baby upwards and downwards.
• Never shake your baby!
Newborns are fragile, remember that! Shaking can cause the baby to bleed in the brain and that can cause death. Whenever you need to do something with your baby, wake him up for an example, always do it by tickling him never by shaking.
• Always make sure that your baby is secured
This one goes for whenever you take your baby for a ride with you. Always make sure to have your baby secured in the carrier, stroller, or car seat.
• Always remember that your newborn is still fragile
Avoid any rough play with your baby as it is still young, small, and fragile. Avoid jiggling him or throwing him in the air because accidents can happen.
How to bond with your baby?
Bonding with the newborn is very important for both mommy and daddy. By bonding, you create a connection with your child that will never be broken. By bonding you will fall in love with your new baby and bonding can even be beneficial for the development of the baby.
Bond with your newborn by cradling him/her in different patterns, or with skin-to-skin contact. Hold your baby close to your skin and let him/her feel your skin. That way your baby will get an understanding of who’s he/she with and they even respond to it quite well.
Always use a car seat for your baby!
We can’t stress enough how important it is to use a car seat and how to safely transport your baby. Always make sure that your child is safe and secure when driving it. We suggest sites like Car Seat Mom to learn more about car seats and ways to transport your loved one, be it a newborn or an infant.