Babies grow faster than you can imagine and new mothers may find motherhood quite chaotic with all the nursing responsibilities that come with it. There’s the puzzle of how to calm the constant crying of a little child who cannot even talk. Is the baby hungry? Should you change the diaper? Getting to understand what your baby needs can be overwhelming. However, do not be scared to ask for help when you need it from other experienced mothers or professionals.
Naturally, you will want to do your best for your little bundle of joy. If you are a first-time mother or one that is feeling anxious about your ability to care for your baby, here’s what you need to know. Given your maternal instincts, you are actually already a natural at baby care. However, there is always more to learn! Begin feeling like an experienced parenting mom with the following guide on baby care tips to help keep your new-born clean, warm, and happy.
Making your baby feel safe and secure
A crucial role of being a new mother is to guarantee the complete safety of your new-born, without verbal communication since your child cannot speak. In this case, you need to harness the power of swaddling and hugs. In fact, doctors often encourage moms to embrace their babies. Swaddling involves snugly wrapping your baby in wrappings to mimic the secure environment of the womb. Moreover, hugging your baby or holding them close to your chest helps to soothe them especially when they hear your heartbeat. In effect, the baby feels safe, thus reducing stress.
Healthy sleeping patterns
New mothers need to ease their new-borns into healthy sleeping routines. Infants sleep for the large part of the day, but in different durations. Even though it may seem random initially, mothers can rise above this challenge by making sure the baby learns the distinction between day and night. Just play and interact a lot with your child during the day, and keep your child’s room duly bright. During the night, switch off the lights, and reduce any loud sounds that might disturb the baby.
The skin of a new-born is soft and delicate and should be handled with care. Correct diapering ensures that your child’s tender bottom is protected from diaper rashes. New mothers should consider the use of disposable diapers that help safeguard against moisture, which is the primary cause of rashes. Moreover, always wash your hands before and after changing the nappies. Nappy change should be done after the nappy is soiled. Allow the baby’s tender bottom to air-dry before diapering them again. Apply petroleum jelly ahead of every change of diaper.
The correct way to bathe a new-born is through sponge baths. It’s quite simple. For a sponge bath, you need a soft washcloth or sponge, a baby soap, and warm water. Dip the washcloth or sponge in the warm water and gently wipe your baby’s skin. Apply baby soap on your child’s skin. Be careful to avoid the ears, eyes, and nose. Once done, use a sponge or washcloth to rinse off the soap lather. Use something soft like a towel to dry the baby, apply petroleum jelly and dress the new-born appropriately.
Regardless of how eager you are to be a mother, the perpetual new-born’s demands may take a massive toll on you. It is important for moms to lower their expectations and take short breaks. More importantly, avoid housework for the first few months. Focus on getting to know your child. Of course, dust and unwashed dishes cannot be left to pile in the house. That is why you need a confinement nanny to help you handle all those time-consuming jobs like sweeping floors, cooking, and buying diapers. Your nanny will be able to offer you even more baby care tips as well as help you take care of your baby in times of need.
Meanwhile, you can have plenty of time to bond with your child without worrying about household chores. Moreover, to prevent the feeling of isolation and loneliness, you should leave your baby with the nanny and take out some time to get outside for a light walk around the block or a trip to the grocery store. This will help you reconnect with the rest of the world.
All being said, the first couple of months following childbirth are a very taxing time for mothers, regardless of the amount of help or preparation you think you have undergone. Caring for a baby isn’t rocket science, but it’s not instinctive either. Once you have learned the skills, you can respond to your infant’s needs a lot more confidently and efficiently. Soon you’ll be greeted with your child’s happy smiles.