Having a baby is quite possibly one of the most wonderful and rewarding things you can do in life. However, raising a newborn child can also be one of the most difficult and frustrating things to do,especiallyfor new parents. It’s not an easy task, and requires an abundance of patience, work, and time, in order to nurture your child until they reach adulthood. Though it is difficult though, the positives far outweigh the negatives, and becoming a parent is truly a worthwhile experience. Here are a few tips to successfully caring for a baby:
Feeding your newborn.
Breast milk is thought to best for your baby, as it gives your newborn all of the vital nutrients that they need to grow and develop. Your baby should be fed anywhere between 8 to 10 ten times each day until they are a few weeks old, and you need to be sure that your baby is receiving the proper amount of milk during each feeding and that the frequency of feedings is sufficient. A good indication that your newborn is getting enough feedings is if they have 4 or more wet diapers a day and are having bowel movements at least 3 times a day.
Your baby’s sleep.
It’s best to put your baby to sleep on their back, and to make sure that their mattress is firm. If it’s cold out, then put your baby in a warm sleeper, rather than using a blanket or bedspread. Also, a newborn is going to spend a great deal of time sleeping, so expect for them to nap anywhere between 12 to 20 hours for the first few days.
Your baby’s bowel movements.
You can expect to see certain signs if your baby is having a bowel movement, such as a red face, irritability, or crying as they move their legs. Your baby is probably going to pass quite a bit of gas, so don’t be alarmed by this. Breastfed babies will have about 2 bowel movements a day, while formula fed babies won’t have bowel movements as frequently. If there is ever blood in your baby’s stool, then call your doctor immediately.
Getting your newborn baby dressed.
The important thing to remember here is that your baby can’t regulate their own body temperature, so you’re going to need to do it for them by dressing them appropriately. Put them in warmer clothing, such as knits and fleece, if it’s cold out, and avoid heaving clothing if it’s hot outside.
Taking baby out for the first time.
Your baby’s first day out should be during nice weather, and you should avoid crowded places. Also, don’t let strangers make contact with your baby and avoid putting them in direct sunlight. In addition, keep them away from people with colds of the flu.
When all is said and done, there are few things better than having a baby and watching them grow. Though it’s important that you properly nurture your newborn, it’s also crucial that you enjoy the bonding experience with them and have a good time being a new parent.