Happy New Year! It’s 2020! Here is a great article to start off the year for your baby. 🙂
Newborns are known for being highly adorable additions to the family. But one also shouldn’t forget that as cute as they are, they’re also just as delicate – if not even more. This means that newborns will need a lot of dedicated care and attention, and even the simplest things like carrying them around require parents to be extra sensitive to details.
Young parents ought to remember these ten important tips as they enter into parenthood in the first year:
- Support your newborn’s head and neck
This is a basic rule, but a necessary one to reinforce. When carrying your newborn child around, one must always remember to support their head and neck to prevent accidents like knocking them against furniture or causing them extreme discomfort.
- Newborns are unsuitable for rough play
You may be eager to start bonding and having fun with your newborn, but at this stage they are still pretty delicate and sensitive. Rough play like jiggling them or otherwise is, for the time being, unsuitable, as you may end up hurting them.
- Do not shake your newborn to wake them or play with them
Similarly, handling newborns is a delicate task. Shaking a newborn can prove fatal, as it may cause bleeding in the brain and ultimately death if one is not careful. When trying to wake a baby or get their attention, try tickling their feet or blowing gently on their faces.
- Always wash your hands first
Hygiene before all else! Newborns are susceptible at this stage to bacteria and germs of any sort, so before you pick them up for a kiss or two, please wash your hands and ensure you’re sanitised enough.
- Skin-to-skin contact is encouraged
For parents who want to facilitate more bonding with their newborn child, skin-to-skin contact helps to strengthen and promote emotional connections between parent and child. Spend more time with your newborn just holding them against your chest and reap the benefits.
- Talking, babbling, and cooing to your baby
Another way to encourage further bonding with your baby is to talk to them regularly, even if it’s clear that they can’t really comprehend or understand what you’re saying at this point in their life. However, babies need to get used to the sound of your voice, and eventually when they’re older, they’ll begin to pick up speech patterns and cues too. Give it time!
- Take note of noise and light levels for sensitive babies
If you have a fussy baby, it could be that they’re affected by high noise levels or brightly lit environments. When you’re carrying your baby around, make sure to figure out how to control the noise and light levels, or know when it’s time to tap out before the tears and crying come.
- Swaddling can soothe most babies
If your baby is still fussy, try the classic method of swaddling. But remember not to swaddle them too tightly, as it may cause damage to their hips. The swaddle should be just firm enough to make them feel secure, but not loose enough that they still feel insecure and fussy.
- Cloth diapers should be washed in fragrance-free detergents
Since this is something your baby will be wearing time and again, make sure to wash their reusable cloth diapers in detergents that are safe. You don’t want to cause rashes – as they can get pretty nasty, and your newborn will have a hard time.
- Your baby doesn’t have to wear diapers all day
And speaking of rashes, try to let your baby go diaper-free for certain parts of the day, so that the skin of their bum can settle and dry. Constantly wearing a diaper may cause rashes and itches that will absolutely displease your newborn.
Now that you’re prepped and ready to care for your newborn in the most basic ways, it’s time to look ahead to the rest of your lives together. And remember – they grow up way too fast, so learn to really live in the moment and capture those precious times before they’re gone forever.