Once you have your bundle of joys in your hands, the happiness is boundless. However, the newborn requires your utmost care and attention to develop. The initial few months are crucial for the mother as well as the baby. Following are a few baby care tips that shall help you through the beginner phase as new parents.
- It is best to have a pediatrician in place to check all the reflexes and examine your baby head to toe. It is essential to measure and weigh your baby. Lungs and breathing patterns are observed for the first 2 hours.
- Continue your prenatal supplements until post three months from delivery. It would help with a speedy recovery and good milk flow while keeping amnesia or weakness away.
- Have light meals for the first 15 days post-delivery so that it is easy on your stomach to digest as well as the baby. After all, breast milk contains traces of milk proteins that are extraction of your diet.
- Have an adequate diet and nutrient-rich milk products to improve your breast milk quality.
- Exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first six months. You may continue to breastfeed your baby post that until 12-20 months of age. However, once your baby is six months old, it would be best to introduce semi-liquids in your baby’s diet to promote growth and development.
Restrict Others From Kissing The Baby
Since the newborn babies are susceptible to infections, there is a high risk of contracting the disease. It’s essential to restrict strangers from kissing the baby or hugging them. It might lead to the spread of the infectious virus and cause trouble to the baby as they don’t have their immunity developed until 8-9 months of age.
Our hands get exposed to many bacteria or things which are infected. Hence ensure you wash your hands properly before handling the baby or feeding them.
Soft Spot On The Head:
The soft spots on babies head are normal. Around 1 to 2 years of age, the skull of the baby isn’t formed completely. It takes time to develop. There are soft spots here and there until then. The inner membrane has a durable covering over these spots, so no need to worry about the same.
Know your baby’s schedule: As infants, the baby doesn’t have verbal signals to communicate; however, they give let you know about their feeding time. They cry or do little movements to make you alert about their hungry stomach. Crying is usually the first sign that children give while they are empty stomach and needs food.
Burp Your Baby Every Time Post-Birth:
Even as we have grown up, we need to burp or exhale the excessive air we have inhaled while having our meals. Newborns need that too, as they almost have no physical movements throughout the day. Make sure you practice to get them a burp after every meal they have. Hold them by your shoulder and pat their back till the time you hear them burping. They might spit a bit while doing the same, so be patient.