Overwhelmed is the ideal word for describing your feelings when you bring your newborn home for the very first time. You might have thoughts like “I am not pepped up for this” or “How will I handle this valuable life”? You will put in great efforts in meeting all the requirements of your baby. Despite making all efforts, you might fail sometimes. Do not despair. Some good tips can help you as a new parent when it comes to being a pro at newborn care. If you have not handled a baby earlier, their fragility might be a little intimidating. Some basics that you need to keep in mind are as follows:
Get To Know Your Newborn
Newborns never come with instruction manuals. You may have unanswered questions like How to take care of the baby? How much can he see? Why are his genitals swollen? You will also have questions regarding their appearance and behavior. It is time for you to read some books and magazines to understand everything about your baby. Also, consult a child specialist to know how to take care of the small things that your baby requires and the ones that you might not be aware of.
Practice Proper Hygiene
This is probably an important thing that you should have in mind when handling your newborn. It not only applies to you but to every individual who comes in close contact with your baby. Wash your hands appropriately before handling your infant. If others are coming in to cuddle your baby, have a sanitizer ready. Ask them to use it before holding the newborn. This is important because newborns do not have a very strong immune system. So, they are prone to infections.
Always Support Your Infant’s Neck And Head
Always cradle your baby’s head while carrying him. Support his head when carrying him upright or when you are lying the baby down. Never shake the newborn, whether in frustration or while playing. Shaking can result in bleeding in the brain, which can further lead to death. Even when you want to wake your little one up, avoid shaking him. Instead, tickle his feet or gently blow on his cheeks. Taking care of these little things is important because babies are weak, both physically and mentally, and any exertion or shock might ruin their health.
Limit Bouncy Or Rough Activities
It is necessary for you to ensure that your newborn is securely fastened to the stroller, car seat, or carrier. Always keep in mind that your infant is still not prepared for rough or bouncy play. So, avoid jiggles on the knee or air-throws.
Soothing A Wailing Baby
First of all, it is crucial understand why your baby is crying. If he is crying from feeling unsafe, comfort patting him on the back can help. This will make the baby burp quickly, and at the same time, it also helps in relaxing the crying infant. However, if this does not seem to work, you can try any one of the five calming motions. These include holding the baby on his side; shushing; swaddling; allowing him to suck or swinging him.
As a new parent, you might not have a lot of experience in newborn care. While having a baby is great, but it is quite natural to feel anxious, scared and a bit nervous at the same time.