Motherhood brings along its own set of challenges. You may have accomplished the task of giving birth to a healthy baby, and now, the daunting task of raising your little one may seem unnerving to you. Being a first-time mom introduces you to a whole lot of new things, from soothing a baby to feeding the infant. However, with expert tips and patience, you can make it a fulfilling experience.
Here are some useful baby care tips for first-time mommies to ease their journey of motherhood –
Breastfeed the right way
Your baby needs to be breastfed during the first few months of birth. Breast milk is nutritious and it helps boost the baby’s immune system. You should feed the infant at least 8-12 times a day at regular intervals. As a new mom, you will be questioning yourself a lot. Breastfeeding is a completely new experience, and almost all women face problems during the initial days of childbirth. Sometimes, the baby may not latch properly, or even if they do, they may not suck – and that is fine. Many of you may also worry over the baby rejecting breast milk. If you too are having similar doubts, feel free to reach out to your doctor and learn about different breastfeeding positions to ensure that your child is getting all the nutrients.
Hold the baby with care
The body of a newborn is extremely delicate, so you need to be gentle and hold him/her with utmost care. When you lift the baby in your arms, first hold and support the head with one hand and the rest on your elbows. Use the other arm to hold the baby from the bottom. You will have to switch hands from time to time. Ensure that one hand is supporting the baby’s head at all times, even as you hold him/her upright overlooking the shoulder.
Trim nails routinely
Besides taking care of your baby, you must trim your nails regularly. Your child’s skin is very delicate, and if you have long nails, it might hurt your little one. You should also make sure that the baby’s nails are also trimmed at regular intervals, as he/she might end up scratching their own face. But do it cautiously, preferably when the baby is asleep.
Soothe your newborn
For newborns, crying is the only way to communicate with the world around them. As a parent, you should be observant to be able to understand what your child is trying to convey. Your child may be crying because he/she is hungry or sleepy, or has dirtied the diaper, or perhaps because he/she wants to be swaddled and entertained, or maybe he/she is feeling cold/hot. Whatever be the reason, you must know how to soothe the crying infant.
Choose baby care products smartly
Remember, the skin of a newborn is sensitive and prone to irritation and rashes. It is highly recommended that you only use baby care products while bathing the child or cleaning diapers. You must ensure that the products you are using on the baby are free of harsh cleansing agents, artificial fragrances, and unnecessary additives, as they may irritate the infant’s skin and trigger allergic reactions. You should talk to your doctor and ideally choose hypoallergenic brand products to avoid skin rashes and related problems.
Choose comfortable clothing
When selecting baby clothes, you must ensure that they are stretchable, soft, and easy to wear. You should ideally go for cotton clothes, as they are breathable and comfortable in all seasons. Cotton clothes are also unlikely to cause itching or rashes. Also, stock on some extra regular wear and oversize clothes, as your baby will soon start growing even before you realize it.
Cleanliness and hygiene
The baby is expected to poop or pee at least 8-10times a day, depending on the number of times he/she is fed. As a new mom, it may seem difficult for you to keep a close look on the baby’s routine but maintaining cleanliness and hygiene is important. You must ensure that your child is not wearing a soiled diaper for long. Change it as soon as you smell or sense dirt. A soiled diaper not only makes it uncomfortable for the baby but also increases the likelihood of infections. To clean up your baby, use soft and hygienic baby wipes and apply diaper rash cream before putting on a new one.
Being a mother is not an easy task. The responsibilities increase manifold, as your little one is always dependent on you for everything. Prepare a checklist of all the items required for nursing the baby. Planning a schedule can help you and your baby in the long run. Even if it is your first time at parenting, the experience is worth cherishing for a lifetime.