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Guide to Newborn Care

Going through 9 months of pregnancy and through the excitement of labor and delivery was a struggling excitement and now that you’re headed home to begin a life with your new baby, you begin to realize that you need more help this time. The following are proper ways to consider in handling your newborn baby.

Where to solicit for assistance after giving birth

The hospital is the appropriate place to inquire from its staff what are steps to observe in handling your newborn baby, so while you’re still in the hospital, inquire and talk to feeding specialists or lactation consultants, who can demonstrate how to nurse-feed or bottle-feed your newborn baby, and ask a nurse to show you how to hold, burp, change diapers, and care for your baby.

When you think you need in-home help with your newborn baby, these are options to take: inquire from your doctor regarding in-home help and he/she might give you referrals to home health agencies, hiring a baby nurse, or hire a responsible neighborhood teenager on a short time basis.

You may want to ask help from your closest relatives or friends, whom you are comfortable with.

Ways to handle a newborn

Newborn babies are susceptible to infection because they do not have yet a strong immune system; therefore, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your baby and make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.

Cradle the head of your baby when you’re carrying him/her and support the head when carrying upright or when you’re laying your baby down.

Always fastened securely your baby when in a carrier, stroller, or car seat, and try to avoid from activities that could be too rough or bouncy.

Ways for soothing the baby and having bonding moments

The most pleasurable aspects of infant care is those bonding moments between the parents and the baby, and it is through bonding with each other where parents establish a deep, emotional connection with their infant. Bonding you’re your infant is basically cradling your baby, gently stroking him/her during feeding time, such that there is a close physical connection, or bonding can be enhanced when you massage gently your baby.

Another way to bond with your baby is through vocal sounds, such as: reciting poetry and nursery rhymes, singing nursery rhymes, babbling and cooing while you’re rocking your baby gently in a chair.

Types of baby baths

These are important to take note about bathing the baby: the baby should be bathed 2-3 times a week for the first year and sponge baths take place when the umbilical cord falls off and the navel heals completely, about 1-4 weeks, or when the circumcision heals, about 1-2 weeks.

Sponge baths are introduced when the baby’s head still needs to be supported, but once the baby can now sit well on his/her own, you may now start introducing him/her into a tub bath.

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