Babies are such incredible gifts from God. Any baby can bring so much happiness to a family. But parenting a baby is not an easy task.
Your baby needs your full attention at first because she can't still eat, clean, or dress herself.
But even if parenting your baby seems to be a tough job, the happiness and love your baby gives is priceless.
Below are some helpful baby parenting tips...
Don't be so stressed out when your baby cries. What you need to do is to determine the possible causes of her cry.
She might be hungry, have a soiled diaper, was not able to pass out gas, uncomfortable, tired, or sleepy.
Sometimes, all your baby wants is to be carried and cuddled by you. She might just want to suck.
Have your baby suck with a pacifier. But if she keeps on crying even after you've done everything, she might be sick so do not hesitate to ask your pediatrician.
Breas tmilk is always best for babies up to 2 years of age. Breast milk is important especially on the first 5 days after birth because colostrum is released which protects newborns from infection.
It is often called as the baby's "first vaccine". Your baby will be healthier than those who are formula fed.
When feeding your baby, it is important that you hold her upright to avoid aspiration.
You also have to make your baby to pass gas or burp every time after feeding to release the air she swallowed during feeding and to avoid vomiting.
At the age of 3-4 months, you can start introducing solid foods. Always prefer vegetables than fruits.
You can just wash her face, hands, and genital area.
But if you are really going to bathe your baby, handling her maybe a little scary because it can get slippery, so make sure you have a good grip.
There are also bath tubs you can buy that are made especially for babies so it can be more convenient for you.
Use warm water because it's soothing for them. For newborns, you don't need soap. Water is enough.
But for older babies, make sure the soap is very mild and tear-free. Pat her dry. A baby's skin is very sensitive. Bath time can be a fun bonding time for you and your baby.
It's not good to wake up your baby in the middle of her sleep just to change her diapers.
But if your baby gets diaper rash because of sleeping in a wet diaper, air drying or sleeping without a diaper can be a solution.
You have to wash the skin on each diaper change with clean water or an alcohol-free baby wipes. Wipe from front to back to avoid urinary tract infection then allow to air dry.
Apply petroleum jelly or A and D ointment to keep urine and faeces away from your baby's skin to prevent diaper rash. Use powder if necessary.
Baby parenting can really be challenging especially for new mothers. Coping with the postpartum changes in your body, at the same time, taking care of your baby can be a struggle.
But you should not pressure yourself too much. Baby parenting skills can be learned and as any mother, you already have that natural instinct on how to take care of your own baby.
Using the baby parenting tips mentioned in this article can really help you out.
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