Tips to take care of new born baby, your bundle of joy !
The last few days of pregnancy are full of apprehension for the new mother. Once the new bundle of joy arrives it brings with it unprecedented happiness and never ending responsibility. The birth of the baby is a joyous event and baby care should be enjoyable too. Baby care is all about understanding the baby and its needs and not a chore or an exam that a mum has to pass. Mentioned below are few simple baby care tips for the new mother:
1. It is important for the mother to remember to take care of herself as well as the new baby.
2. It is important to follow the doctor's advice .Make sure to rest when you can and not try to do too much. Although initially a young inexperienced mother may be nervous and worried about newborn management, she can always get all the help and assistance from either the doctor or caretaker. But soon she should be confident enough to manage independently. Basic things for the mothers to remember.(A) Preferably cotton cloths should be used to avoid unwanted skin allergies. (B). The baby must be kept warm and dry to prevent heat loss.
3. KAJAL should not be put to baby's eyes. It can cause infection.
4. Oil should not be put in ears or nose. It can cause serious damage and infection.
5. No home remedies should be given even for minor problems. A doctor should be consulted as soon as one feels something is wrong.
6. Avoid harsh body massage. Any oil applied gently before bath is good enough.
7. Strong odoured soaps and cosmetics should be avoided and rather mild soaps should be used. These may lead to skin allergies and rashes.
8. Mother should look after her own health by eating a well balanced diet, which is more important if one is breast feeding.
9. Remember, Breast milk alone should be given till the baby is at least 6 months. Even in very hot climate there is no need to give extra water. Remember Breastfeeding is the “Bestfeeding” for your baby. First week of the baby - few fascinating facts about your 1-week-old's development: (a). Limbs are still curled: the newborn baby will probably look "scrunched up," with his arms and legs not fully extended. This is normal. (b). If he appears bowlegged, don't worry. It is part of the stretching out process and will most likely take care of itself by the time he's 5 or 6 months old. (c). Newborns are adjusting to a new world very different from the warm, safe confines of the womb, which is why so many infants take to swaddling, that is being wrapped securely in a blanket. (d). Food is the most important thing in your newborn's life, with sleep running a close second. (e). Most newborns will eat every two to three hours around the clock. Always feed a term newborn on demand. (f). Sleeping schedules are equally intermittent. Most newborns sleep for a total of 16 to 17 hours in a 24-hour period, but that's usually broken up into eight or so naps. (g). The baby spends the time moving in and out of several different states of sleepiness. (h). Crying is the main form of communication. Your baby is busy expressing the only way she knows, crying. (i). Most babies cry before urinating which is normal. As long as the baby is feeding well, passing stool and urine normally and sleeping peacefully, there is unlikely to be anything grossly wrong with the baby.