Carrying a baby in your womb for 9 months is only a small part of your life as a would-be parent. After undergoing labor and delivery, the real test of parents would be to take care of the child.
Mothers who’ve conceived a lot of babies have a lot of experience rearing a child, but that is not the case for first-time parents. In fact, the latter may not have an idea about what to do!
Do not worry, though, as I am prepared to give you all of the information that you need to help you take care of your baby. Of course, you will need some essentials ready such as baby clothes, baby diapers, a stroller, a baby bath, and so much more. Without further ado, let’s get started.
When in the Hospital
After giving birth, some hospitals may give you a lactation consultant. They will give you tips about what to do and always keep what they say to mind as they are helpful moving forward. They not only help you with nursing your baby but they will also give you helpful advice about bottle-feeding as well.
Because dad is going to go work after a couple of days or weeks, you will need help in taking care of your baby. You can ask your friends or family to come over but I do recommend that you get a babysitter or a nurse to help you too.
When Handling Your Newborn
It is important to keep in mind that your newborn doesn’t have a really strong immune system as their bodies are still trying to adapt to the world around them. That being said, ensure that you keep your hands clean at all times by washing them properly and using a mild hand sanitizer afterward.
When picking up your baby, make sure that one arm supports their fragile bodies while the other gives support to the head and neck. Since they are still not able to support their heads on their own, it is crucial that you support them at all times.
Never shake your baby as the motion can lead to brain damage or internal bleeding. For instance, if you absolutely have to wake your baby up, you can just tickle their feet instead.
When you are driving a car, most countries would require you to install a baby car seat before you can go around the city with your baby in tow. Secure your baby using the included seatbelts and ensure that they are not too bouncy and that the fastening system is not too tight on them.
You will have the freedom to choose whether you want to use a cloth diaper or disposable diapers. The former is good if you want to save a lot of money but if you want convenience, definitely consider getting the latter.
When changing the diaper, make sure that you not only clean the area (genitals and their butt) using baby wipes but if you see any sign of skin irritation, use a diaper ointment on it as well.
A lot of first-time parents do not know when to feed their babies, but the good thing is that their newborn will convey that to them- either through crying, making sucking noises, or if you see that they’re putting their hands in their mouths quite often. In other words, you feed them on demand.
That being said, breastmilk is always going to be best for babies up to two years or until your breast is no longer able to produce milk. For convenience, I suggest that you buy an automatic breast pump to help extract the milk.
After feeding your baby, it is always recommended that you make them burp so as to not let the gases stay in their tummies that may cause irritation and bloating, among other things.
To help your baby induce burping, you hold your baby upright by placing their head on your shoulders. Make sure to keep on supporting their heads using your hand. Always induce burping before you put them to sleep.