Congratulations! You have made it through nine months of pregnancy. The next step now is to take good care of your newborn. Clueless of what to? Don’t worry. As days, weeks, months, and years go by, you will naturally develop endurance, wisdom, and patience, eventually making you an expert mom who truly knows what’s best for her little one.
But before anything else, here are the basic baby care tips that every parent should know to properly nurture a child.
- Keep Everything Clean and Sanitized
Make sure to keep your hands clean every time you come near your baby. Likewise, keep your home, particularly your child’s room, spotless all the time. Stock up on baby wipes and hand sanitizer, as well as swaddle-cloths, as you can expect your baby to drool and have diaper leaks every now and then.
- No Jiggling or Shaking
Perhaps your baby keeps crying? Or you’re just in awe of your little munchkin’s cuteness. Whatever the reason is, don’t be rough when handling your baby. Vigorous shaking can cause internal bleeding and even death. If you want to play or wake your baby up, gently tickle your infant’s foot or blow on his cheek.
- Always be Gentle
This applies from your mindset and attitude to the clothes, toys, and furniture you have for your baby. Do whatever you can to baby-proof your entire home. Eradicate pointy and rough objects, don’t make loud noises to irritate the baby, and setup a peaceful place for your newborn to sleep and rest.
- Know the Types of Crying
Babies cry a lot, that’s a fact! The reasons why babies cry vary, and you should know what your baby’s crying for. Your baby may cry because of 1) full diaper, 2) the need to burp, and 3) hunger. Discern what the cry is for and find solution right away.
- Make Bathing a Ritual
It’s advisable to bath your infant three to four times a week. Limit each bath time to five to 10 minutes, use lukewarm water and mild cleanser or soap. Do the bathing in the morning—not in the afternoon, so your baby won’t catch a cold.
- Make Your Baby Burp
You may only have three hours of sleep, but never skip to burp the baby after feeding. Otherwise, expect non-stop crying due to discomfort. It’s recommended to always burp the baby during and after feeding to reduce gas accumulation in your baby’s tummy.
Taking care of a newborn baby is a sensitive matter, so being gentle in handling them should be a top priority. Let this list be your guide to be the best mom for your little tot.