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Parenting is very difficult, and getting the experience and information you need is incredibly necessary to be the best parent you can be. The more experience and information you have, like knowing what your child is going through at different times, the more successful you can be in parenting.
Here are some tips for parents for how to take care of their infants:
Handling a newborn:
- Wash your hands before handling your baby. Newborns do not yet have a good immune response, so they are at risk of infection. Make sure anyone who takes care of your baby has clean hands.
- Protect the head and neck of your infant. Cradle your head when you’re holding your baby and keep your head when you’re carrying the baby upright or when you’re laying your baby down.
- Be sure your infant is tightly fastened to a carrier, stroller or car seat. Avoid any behavior that may be too rough or bouncy.
- Never shake your newborn, either in play or in frustration. Shaking will lead to brain bleeding and even death. If you need to wake your baby up, don’t do so by shaking — instead, tickle your baby’s foot or blow softly on a cheek.
Bonding and Soothing:
- For children, attachment leads to their emotional growth, which also influences their progress in other fields, such as physical growth. Another way to think about bonding is to “fall in love” with your child. Kids flourish on having a parent or other adult in their lives who loves them unconditionally.
- Babies usually enjoy voice effects, such as speech, babbling, humming, and cooling. Your kid is definitely going to enjoy listening to music, too. Baby rattling and musical cell phones are other effective ways to enhance the baby’s ears. If your little one is agitated, try humming, reciting poems and nursery rhymes, or reading aloud while you swing or softly rock your baby in a chair.
- Soothe your crying baby- Crying is the only way to interact with newborns, whether they are starving or experience some pain. After some observation, you’ll be able to grasp what your kid is trying to express. A child can weep because: He’s starving, man, He ‘s got his diaper dusty, He ‘s got to be swaddled, He’s lonely, and he needs to be amused, He’s going to suck on something, He’s exhausted and he’s going to nap, It feels hot or cold, He’s just want to cry.
All About Diapering:
- Before you carry your baby home, you’ll typically know whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. Whatever you’re doing, your little one’s going to dirty diapers about 10 times a day, or about 70 times a week.
- Using the bath, cotton balls, and washcloth or wipes to gently scrub your child’s genital region clean. Do this carefully when removing a boy’s diaper, since exposure to air can make him urinate. When wiping a child, clean her bottom from front to back to prevent urinary tract infection (UTI). Apply the ointment to reduce or treat rash. Please remember to wash your hands properly after changing your diaper.
- If your baby has rashes, avoid diaper rash, try the following ways:
- Change the baby’s diaper regularly and as soon as practicable during bowel movements. Gently scrub the area with gentle soap and water (wipes may also be irritating), then add a very thick coat of diaper rash or “barrier” cream. Zinc oxide creams are favoured because they form a shield against moisture.
- If cloth diapers are used, wash them with dye-and fragrance-free detergents.
- Let the kid go undiapered for part of the day. This is gives a chance to air-out.
Bathing your baby tips:
- Give your baby a sponge bath. Sponge baths are a perfect way to take care of your newborn’s fragile needs, while simultaneously bonding and supporting your baby’s safe growth through gentle scent and touch.
- Always bathe your baby in a warm, clean room.
- Have a handy dry towel to tie it up right after the wash.
- Placing a soft, wet washcloth over your baby’s stomach during the bath may help prevent her from getting chilly.
- Use a warm washcloth or a sponge to disinfect it.
Feeding your baby:
- If you’re feeding your infant with a breast or a bottle, you may be stumped as to how much you do so. It is commonly advised that babies be fed on demand — when they seem hungry. Your baby may take care of you by screaming, putting fingers in his or her mouth, or making sucking noises.
- A newborn baby has to be fed every two to three hours. If you’re breast-feeding, give your baby the chance to nurse for about 10–15 minutes at each breast. If you are formula-fed, your baby would most likely take around 2–3 ounces (60–90 milliliters) at each fed.
Sleeping your baby:
- As a new parent, you might be shocked to hear that your baby, who seems to need you every minute of the day, usually sleeps about 16 hours or more!
- Often put your infant on his or her back to sleep, not on his or her stomach or hand.
- Using a solid sleeping pad.
- Don’t put something extra in your crib or basin.
- Avoid overheating.
- Keep your child away from the smokers.
- Place the kid to sleep with a pacifier.