When you bring your baby home of course your anxious and excited but along with that comes a bit of trepidation. All you need is some confidence in yourself and with the help of your spouse and family you’ll do a great job! Here are some tips to make the adjustment somewhat smoother.
- Bath Time. Bathing your baby is a necessity that can be a lot of fun and relaxing. Before the umbilical cord falls off do not use soap, only a washcloth with lukewarm water. Once it falls off you can bathe her in the sink, baby bathtub etc. In the beginning, it’s best to bathe your baby every three days so she does not lose her natural oils. Gather everything you will need for the bath and only pay attention to the baby, not the phone or any other distractions. Fill the tub and make sure the water is lukewarm. As you place her into the tub, support her neck and head. Wash her face with water, then wash the torso, arms and legs with a little soap. Wash the baby’s head last by using a small amount of baby shampoo and pouring water over it with a cup. After she’s finished, dry her with a towel and swaddle her.
- Diapering The first thing to always check when your baby is crying is her diaper. If a baby sits in a dirty diaper it can be uncomfortable and can cause a rash. In the beginning your baby can go through ten to fifteen diapers a day. Gather everything together, like a clean diaper, warm water, cotton balls etc. Put the baby on her back and do not leave your baby for even a second. Remove the dirty diaper and lift your baby’s legs and wipe around the whole area . If your baby has a rash apply diaper cream. Slip a clean diaper underneath her. The tabs go from the back and wrap around to the front.
- Feeding Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for your baby. It provides your baby with natural immunity, gives you and your baby bonding time, is readily available and inexpensive . As natural as it is it may not be easy especially for new moms. Right after the bay is born try to breastfeed while the nurses are around to help you. Right before your milk comes in, a substance called colostrum will come. This is a very nutritious substance for newborn babies. After about 2-4 days your milk will come in. You should breastfeed your baby at least every two hours. The more you breastfeed the more milk will come in to supply your baby. Do not hesitate to get help!!