Do’s and don't's of newborn babies
You’re a mom now!!! From pregnancy to labour to delivery, now it’s time to take your baby home and start a family. One you get home, there is a possibility to feel clueless about how you're going to manage a baby. For new parents, it's a thrilling as well as a terrifying experience It's common to see first-time parents have concerns & become overly caring for their newborn kid. Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to parenting a newborn infant.
- FEEDING - Don't be concerned if someone tells you that you don't have enough breast milk. Feed the infant again in an hour or two if the baby becomes hungry again. The best and only strategy to boost breast milk flow is to feed frequently. Breastfed newborns eat about 7-10 times per day, including two feeds at night. If your baby is restless, not gaining weight after 10-12 days, wets less than 6 nappies per day, or continues to pass green stools, see a breastfeeding expert and/or a paediatrician.
- SLEEPING - New-borns should get 14–17 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period, says the National Sleep Foundation. The baby can be awakened for a feed or an activity. The baby can be gently awakened by patting, undressing, or changing the nappy. Avoid overstimulating the baby with forceful movements or loud noises.
- NEWBORN BABIES ARE FRAGILE - Newborns are sensitive as their immune systems aren't as robust as ours. Washing their hands frequently & keeping them hygienic is very important. Don't be hesitant to request your visitors to do the same. Your child's head and neck should always be supported & taken care of. At this age, their muscles are not strong enough to perform it on their own. Cradle your baby's head whenever you hold them or hand them to someone else, or lay them down. Keep in mind that your newborn is delicate. And we have to be extremely gentle while holding them or while playing with them. You must securely buckle kids into car seats and strollers. Be gentle while playing with them until they become stronger.
- INTERACTION WITH YOUR NEWBORN - In the first several weeks of their life, your infant will most likely be uninteresting. You should continue to interact with them in a kind and age-appropriate manner. Let your child be observant, let them hear, and touch you. Looking at you and the controlled environment around them, they will gradually bond with you. When you grin, your child will learn to mimic your expression. Your relationship will be stronger when you keep your baby holding for longer time. It will also calm and comfort them. Skin-to-skin contact while holding your infant can boost your baby's mood if you're comfortable with it.
- PANICKING - Many new parents become concerned when their babies vomit, cry, or even have bowel movements. They wonder if their baby is eating too much or too little if he or she is having too many or too few bowel movements, if he or she is spitting up too much, or if he or she is crying too much. Remember that babies are tougher than we give them credit for. Consult your physician about the issues that you should be concerned about, and don't worry about the minor details.
- DON’T STOP YOUR BABY FROM CRYING - It's natural for parents to want their children to stop crying. We have the feeling that something is wrong, and as parents, we must correct it. However, crying is a natural aspect of being a baby. Even if your baby is well-fed, has clean diapers, and is well-rested, they will still cry. It's usually fine to let your infant cry it out. Call your paediatrician if your baby cries for more than an hour or if the weeping is accompanied by a fever, rash, or persistent vomiting.
- DON’T LET YOUR BABY SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT - It may sound contradictory but sleeping through the night is not recommended for newborns. Your baby must be sleeping only for couple of hours during day & night which is perfectly normal! Because your kid was not on a schedule while in the womb, they are only now learning the difference between day and night. Your new baby's stomach is likewise quite small, so he or she needs to eat every several hours. Because their stomachs are so small and their bodies are working so hard to grow, feeding frequently is crucial. Your infant will sleep for longer periods of time as time goes on. You should wake your infant frequently for night feedings throughout this stage.
- DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF - When you bring your newborn home, your life will alter dramatically. You may have less time to cook, clean, shop for groceries, do laundry, and do many other activities that are normally part of your daily routine. There will be many memorable moments in the early days you spend at home with your child. Although your infant will be small, you will be able to go on walks, nap when they do and engage in other simple activities with them. Fresh air is beneficial to both you and your baby, and exercise is beneficial to both your physical and mental well-being. When you bring your newborn home, sleep will be scarce, so take advantage of every opportunity to rest.