Newborn Care Week: Basic tips on taking care of your newborn

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Now that you’ve achieved parenthood and brought your little one home, what’s next? While taking care of your newborn can be one of the most mesmerising phases of your life, it may require deep thinking for what to do and how to provide undivided attention and care. There are plenty of things that you need to know while caring of a newborn such as how to give your baby the rest, sustenance, breastfeeding and a healthy dose of love.

  • Newborns need ample sleep- sometimes 16 hours a day. Initially, your baby may only sleep for 2-3 hours at a time and should be fed after a gap of 4 hours. However, once your baby is three months old, he may be able to sleep for 6-8 hours at a time. Remember to change the position of your baby’s head to eliminate the soft spot that can appear by sleeping on one side for too much time.
  • Nursing for the first time is an important part of your newborn’s care. Breastfeeding is very important for a baby’s overall growth and development. It provides the ultimate protection against the diseases and infections. You should breastfeed about 8-12 times during the first 24 hours of baby’s birth. You should nurse at least every four hours.
  • You need to be a diaper-changing expert if you plan on taking care of your newborn. For this you need be mentally prepared. You should be prepared to change your baby’s diaper around 10 times a day. To avoid diaper rash, change your baby’s diaper as soon as possible after a bowel movement, using soap and water to wipe your baby.
  • Once the umbilical cord falls off, you can start bathing your baby regularly with warm water, usually 2-3 time a week. Bathing is equally important as changing the diapers. Be careful while giving your newborn a bath because babies are slippery when wet.
  • Learn how to handle your newborn, but first wash your hands properly. Newborn babies are susceptible to infection because of weak immune system. Secondly, provide ample support to your baby’s head and neck. Thirdly, avoid shaking your baby angrily. This can cause bleeding in the brain, which can lead to death.

Being a good parent is a tough job. You have to spend many sleepless nights in order to take care of your newborn. But in the end it’s all worth it. Follow these above mentioned guidelines and bring up your newborn effortlessly. Plus, take your newborn to your nearby neonatologist regularly.

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