When you bring your new baby home you’ll probably be thrilled and excited, however the reality of having a new little person to deal with can be more worrying that you thought it would be and every day will bring its own new challenges. To help new parents through the first few days at home with their little one, here are some handy basic child care tips for new moms and dads.
This may seem like common sense, but always be sure to support your baby’s head and neck. Newborns cannot support the weight of their heavy heads, so to avoid injury, it is important to always keep your hand or arm in place. With baby lying on his back, scoop him up with one hand under his bottom and the other under his neck and shoulders. You can then lift him up to your neck if you wish, using one hand to support his bottom and the other to support his neck.
At first, your little one will need feeding very frequently whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Sometimes, you may need to feed him every two hours which can be quite stressful, especially during the night, but remember that soon your infant will be able to go longer between feeds. If your baby turns away from the nipple, he is probably full, but watch out for signs of dehydration including a shrunken fontanelle, dry skin and less than eight wet diapers during 24 hours.
If your baby gulps in milk, he will take in too much air causing him to become gassy and fussy. After feeding, to help your baby bring up the excess air, hold him over your shoulder, supporting his bottom and pat his back with your free hand. Don’t forget to cover your shoulder with a cloth or towel.
Putting Baby To Sleep
Babies sleep a lot, sometimes up to 21 hours a day! Make sure your baby sleeps on a firm baby-safe mattress and use a baby sleeping bag rather than blankets or duvets. Always put baby down to sleep on his back and never give a baby under a year old a pillow. If your little one sleeps for longer than three hours during the day, wake him up for a feed or to play to avoid him being too wakeful at night.