Once have brought your little bundle of joy in the world, you’re ready to be a parent and begin life with your baby. The process of giving Birth is tiring, but the voice and warmth of your baby vanish it all. Once home, you might be overwhelmed as if you have no idea what you’re doing and how to go ahead with your newborn baby care routine for the delicate cutie pie.
The following tips can help you cope with the nervous first-time parents feeling.
Help Post Birth
Getting help during this time is more of a necessity. Taking care fo yourself and the baby can be super hectic and overwhelming. While at the hospital, talk to the pediatrician, gynecologist and lactation experts around you for post care tips. Many nursing homes have feeding specialists or lactation consultants who can help you get started with nursing or bottle-feeding during the first few days. Don’t shy from asking help; discuss your problems with your doctor. Nurses are a great resource as well to guide you on how to hold, change, burp, and take care of the baby.
Ask your parents, inlaws, relatives, or friends to be there for the initial few weeks. Having someone experienced can be of incredible help to you and your baby.
If you haven’t handled newborns before, their fragility may intimidate you. Wash your hands using a mild cleanser or use a sanitizer before handling your baby. Newborns don’t have their immune system developed yet so that they may catch an infection. Make sure everyone who holds the baby is healthy and has clean hands.
Support your baby’s head and neck every time you hold him. Support the neck when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down. Handle baby with ease and never shake the baby, whether in play or frustration. Shaking may cause bleeding in the brain and even death on occasion. If you have to wake your infant, don’t do shake instead, gently tickle your baby’s feet or blow on the cheeks.
Bonding and Soothing
Bonding is one of the most pleasurable and essential parts of baby care. The first hours and days after Birth are sensitive when parents make a deep connection with their baby. Physical closeness can emotionally connect you and help comfort the baby.
The attachment promotes their emotional growth, which affects their development and physical growth. The more you connect, the more you are falling in love with the baby.
Initiate bonding by cradling your baby and stroking him or her gently in different patterns along the body. You as well as your partner can take the opportunity to be “skin-to-skin,” holding your newborn against your skin as much as you can.
Babies, especially with medical complications, respond well to infant massage. Certain types of massage help enhance bonding and promote infant growth and development. However be careful babies are not as healthy as adults, so massage your baby gently.