Find out newborn baby care tips. Newborn baby definitely brings happiness in the family. Parents want to take special care of their child. But it’s an interesting yet difficult task especially for the parents who have their first born. They have no idea that how they will take care of their newborn. To guide parents, we have written this article and tried to cover all the newborn baby care tips that will be great help for parents.
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Here are Some Newborn Baby Care Tips For Parents:
1. Soothe your crying newborn
Whenever your baby cries, give him comfort by tapping his back gently. It will make your baby relax, makes him feel secure and also help him to burp quickly. This method works in most of the cases but if doesn’t then you can try other calming moves like shushing, swing him, swaddle or hold him on his side.
2. Holding your newborn
Don’t afraid to hold your newborn, hold him with care. It is shown in studies that babies who are held for more than 2 hours in day, cries less as compare to those who are held for less time. Before holding your newborn baby keep few things in mind:
- Hold baby with great care as their neck muscles are weak and hasn’t developed yet. Whenever you pick up and hold the baby, give support to his head against your shoulder or with your hand.
- Wash your hands before holding him, as the newborns have weak immune system, so there is a chance that they can get affected, if your hands are dirty. So make sure that your hands are washed and clean before picking up your baby.
- Don’t shake your baby as it can cause bleeding. Whether you want to play with your baby or wants to wake him up, then don’t do this by shaking him. You can tickle your baby gently for this purpose.
3. Keep baby awake during feeding
Whenever you are feeding your baby and he is sleepy, so he will eat slowly. Then simply massage his cheeks gently with your fingertips. So he will eat faster. Whenever the baby eats good and efficiently before going to sleep, they sleep for longer period of time between their feedings. If your baby is growing fast, check these swings for bigger babies.
4. Diapering your baby
During the day after every bowel movement, you are going to need a diaper for your baby. You have to change his diaper for about 10 times a day. So whenever you are going to change diaper of your baby, make sure you have all these necessary things near you. So you don’t leave your baby alone while bringing these things:
- A new diaper
- Baby wipes or cotton balls or water
- Diaper ointment
So whenever your baby’s diaper is dirty after each bowel movement. Lay your baby on his back and remove the dirty diaper. Make your baby’s genital are clean gently with the help of cotton balls or baby wipes or even with the water.
If you have a baby boy then remove diaper with great care, because exposure to air may make him urinate. If you have a baby girl then while wiping her, wipe her bottom from front to back, in this way you can avoid urinary tract infection.
After cleaning your baby, apply ointment to avoid rashes. After changing the diaper don’t forget to wash your hands.
For babies, diaper rash can also occur. But you don’t need to worry about it, as it is a common concern. Mostly it is happened because of the dirty or wet diapers. Rashes can make your baby’s bottom red, but it can easily go away. To remove rashes you can wash baby’s bottom with warm water or you can even use diaper cream for this purpose.
Keep in mind few newborn baby care tips to prevent rashes:
- Try to use water and mild soap while wiping baby’s bottom instead of wipes, because in very few cases wipes can cause irritation to baby. Then after wiping, apply rash cream.
- Don’t let your baby stay in dirty diaper for a longer period of time, try to change the diaper as soon as possible, after the diaper gets dirty.
- For few part of the day, let your baby stay with diaper to expose his skin to air for some time.
Remember, if the baby is unable to get rid of rashes for more than 3 days, then get in contact with your doctor. Do you know when do babies crawl?
5. Basics of baby sleep
If it’s your first child then you may find it unusual that a newborn baby sleeps for more than 16 hours a day. Don’t think that your baby is going to sleep whole night, baby’s sleep period is for 2-4 hours. As the baby’s stomach is so small so that’s why it is need to be fed after few hours for the nourishment of baby.
Most of the babies start to sleep for whole night at 3 months of their age. But if your baby is 3 months old and not sleeping for whole night, then still you don’t need to worry about it. Every baby has its own sleeping pattern, which they develop with the passage of time.
Remember, always put babies on their back while they sleep, as it reduces the chance of SIDS. Don’t use pillows, stuffed animals while baby is sleeping as it can cause suffocation to baby.
It’s important to keep on changing the baby’s head position each night i.e. one night right and other night left. It is important to avoid the development of flat spot on the side of baby’s head.
Newborn babies usually don’t have a proper sleeping schedule. They are more likely to sleep during the day and they are active during the nighttime. Here you can use a little trick with them. Try to keep them engaged during the day by playing and talking with them during the day time. During the nighttime, keep the lights low and minimize the noise.
6. Basics of newborn baby bath
At start e.g. first 4 weeks, only give sponge bath to your newborn until the circumcision heals and also the navel recovers after umbilical cord falls off.
It’s better to get items ready before giving bath to your newborn, otherwise you have to leave the child alone to get those items.
Get these item ready before giving a bath to your baby:
- A mild baby soap
- Baby shampoo
- Soft and clean washcloth
- New diaper
- Neat and clean clothes
- Soft brush for baby’s scalp
How to give a sponge bath?
Lie down the baby on a flat surface. Take a bowl filled with warm water (note: shouldn’t be hot). Remove your baby’s clothes and cover him up with the towel. Now the damp the washcloth in the water and wipe the eye of your baby. Wipe it from the inner corner to the outer corner. Use another corner of washcloth to wipe the other eye of baby.
Now wipe nose and ear of your baby with wet washcloth. Now apply little amount of soap on face of baby and wipe it gently with dampened washcloth.
Create suds using the baby shampoo. Apply the suds gently on the head of baby and rinse it slowly. Now wash the rest of your baby parts like under arms, genital area, and around the neck etc. with soap and washcloth. Gently pat the baby to dry his body. Now diaper and dress up your newborn.
How to give a tub bath?
If the baby is over 4 weeks and is ready for bath tub, then give him first bath but should be very gentle. If he hesitates, then keep on giving him sponge bath for 2 more weeks. In tub bath you need all those items which were used in sponge both in addition to:
- A plastic infant bath tub for your baby. Fill 2-3 inches with warm water. Before putting your baby inside the tub, first check the temperature with your finger tip. It shouldn’t be hot, but a little warm water.
Place the tub in a warm temperature room. Now lie your baby inside the tub and hold his head with your one hand. Use your other hand to gently wash his body starting from feet to chest. Wipe the face and head or baby with washcloth and gently give massage to the scalp of baby with brush and finger tips.
After applying shampoo to the baby’s head, cover his forehead with your hand while rinsing, so that the suds doesn’t go into his eyes. Gently wash the rest of your baby with soap and water. During the bath keep on pouring the water on his body so that he doesn’t gets cold. After giving him bath, immediately wrap your baby in the towel. Don’t forget to cover his head as well with the towel. These newborn baby care tips for bathing will help you a lot in giving him proper, effective, and risk less bath.
7. Let your baby make a bond with dad
No doubt, baby spends most of the time with his mom. But let the baby spend some of his time also with dad. Because dad’s voice and touches is different from the mom. From this bonding process, you will not only get a break but also the baby will start to be comfortable with someone else.
This process will take little time but sooner he will get used to with his dad. It will be much easier if the baby is fed and well rested, so that you can leave him with his dad for at least 2 hours. Make sure one thing, if you leave the baby with dad, then you shouldn’t be nearby. Its better that baby is unable to hear or see you.
However if baby starts crying then you know how to fix it, but dad needs time. By spending time with child dad will also learn how to make him stop crying and baby will also learn the other way of comfort.
8. Feeding baby
The first question that triggers in mind while feeding the baby either by breastfeed or with feeder is, how frequently you have to feed your baby? Its better to feed the baby when he demands for it. You can guess it by some simple gestures i.e. baby starts crying, starts to make sucking noise or starts putting finger in his mouth.
Keep in mind, generally you have to feed your newborn after every 2-3 hours. If you are feeding the baby with feeder, then prepare 2-3 ounces of milk for your baby each time. If you are breastfeeding him, then give him 10-15 minutes each time to suck milk.
To keep the baby healthy, it’s important to monitor the diet of baby. It’s very easy to monitor if you are feeding him with feeder. However if you are breastfeeding him, then it can become little tricky to monitor. But still you can monitor it with some simple tricks:
- If the baby is getting enough sleep
- Making wet at least 6 diapers a day
- having several stools a day
- Gaining weight regularly
Then it means your baby is being fed properly. During feed, usually babies swallow air as well which makes them fussy. To prevent this, you can burp the baby after every ounce if you are feeding him with the feeder. If you are breastfeeding the baby, then switch the breast after every 5 minutes.
Here are some newborn baby care tips that you can follow while burping your baby:
- Pick up the baby and hold him in straight up position. Put his head against your shoulder and pat his back gently with your one hand.
- Lie down your baby on your lap with the face down. Give support to the head of baby with your hand and make sure it is higher than the level of chest. Now pat the back of baby with your other hand.
- Make your baby sit on your lap. Give support to your baby’s chest and head in way that you hold his chin with palm of your hand and his chest with the heel of your hand. Now gently pat his back with the other hand.
Every time after you feed your baby, don’t forget to burp him. Keep him in the upright position for at least 10-15 minutes, otherwise baby may spit up.
How can I make my newborn healthy?
Feed babies properly with breastfeed or with infant formula. The most ideal feed for babies is the breastfeed, however if it’s not possible then you can go for infant formula. Feed your baby after every 2-3 hours.
Monitor the feed of baby, it’s very easy if you are feeding your baby with feeder. But if your baby is on a breast feed then monitoring will be little tricky. You can do this by noticing that if baby is getting proper sleep, making diaper wet for at least 6 times a day, gaining weight regularly. Then it means baby is being well fed and he will be healthy.
How do I calm my newborn?
You can calm him by playing with him, singing a song and also by giving him gentle massage to his scalp with your fingertips. You can use effective way as well i.e. you can put him in an infant rocker for some time. Portable Baby Swings can easily calm your baby with their different kind of motions and built in music system.
You can even swaddle your baby. Swaddling not only soothes your baby but also make him feel secure and cozy, as it gives the feel of a womb. Pacifiers can also do their job in making baby calm. Put pacifiers in baby’s mouth and he will soothes himself by sucking it.
Why does my newborn cry at night?
Because newborn baby needs to be fed after every 2-3 hours. So whenever they feel hungry during the night they cry. You can find out if they are hungry by simple indicators i.e. they make sucking noise, put finger in their mouth.
Another reason for crying is if their diaper is dirty. Dirty and wet diaper irritates baby and can cause rashes to their bottom. So it’s important to change diaper immediately after it gets dirty.
How long can a newborn cry?
On average a newborn baby can cry for up to 2 hours a day.
What can newborns see?
At start a newborn baby is only able to detect light and motion. Then he becomes able to detect large shapes and faces. When he becomes almost 1 month old, then he becomes able to make an eye contact and also he can detect the object that are 12 inches away from him. When he becomes almost 3-4 months old, he becomes able to detect smaller objects. He can also differentiate between colors at this age.
Do newborn babies feel love?
Even when babies are in the womb of their mother, they can feel, hear, and even can smell their mothers. When they are born they feel attachments. More you care about them, more they become attached to you. So definitely, newborn babies feel love. When you take regular care of them, they make emotional bond with you.
What happens if a newborn cries too long?
It’s normal that baby cries and you don’t need to worry about it. You just have to come up for his aid immediately. But if baby is crying and you are not responding to him then you have to worry about it. Because crying for longer period of time can cause brain damage, which leads to lower their learning capacity.
Can newborns drink water?
No, because newborn babies don’t need extra hydration. Infants under 6 months old should avoid drinking water as babies already have a tiny belly. Even a little amount of water is enough to fill up their bellies. Water will interfere with the ability of body to absorb nutrients from milk. So water is strictly prohibited for babies under 6 months old.
When can newborn go outside?
It’s better to avoid going outside for a newborn babies under 8 weeks old. Places which are crowded or with poor ventilation system can be dangerous for your newborn. As newborn babies have weak immune system, so there is a chance that they can get affected with airborne germs.
How do I get my newborn to sleep at night?
Newborns have a mixed schedule, they sleep for 16 hours a day in both day and night. Don’t think that they are going to sleep for whole night. As they have a very short sleep period of 2-4 hours. Because they have a small stomach, which needs to be fed after every 2-3 hours, so they wake up and demand for milk.
Usually babies start to sleep at night, when they are at least 3 months old. Sleeping pattern develop with the passage of time. Once they are 3 months old and still not sleeping at night, then you can use some tricks to make them sleep at night. Try to play with them during the day, sing them a song. During night keep the lights low and reduce the noise.
Can newborns drink water for hiccups?
There is no need to give them water during hiccups. As hiccups don’t make babies upset, so you don’t need to worry about it. Water is not good for babies under 6 months old. However if you really want to do something, then you can try giving him milk, but remember it’s not going to work every time.
we’ve tried our best to cover all kind of newborn baby care tips in this article. As taking care of a newborn is interesting yet a challenging situation for the parents, especially for those who have their first born. Because newborns need a special attention and care. Always keep yourself clean, as babies have weak immune system so dirty hands can infect them with germs. Newborns need to be fed after every 2-3 hours to keep them healthy either with breastfeed or with infant formula. However breastfeed is recommended.
Change their diapers immediately once it gets dirty, otherwise it will cause rashes on their bottom. Hold babies with great care as their neck muscles are weak and hasn’t developed yet, so shaking may cause SIDS. Whenever newborn cry, soothe him immediately, it will make him feel secure and relax. You can soothe them by swaddling, burping or even with baby swings. Crying for longer period of time is bad for their mental health.
At start, it’s better to avoid taking your newborn baby outside, especially at crowded places. As they have weak immune system so there is a chance that they can get infected with airborne germs. Take special care of your newborn. More you take care of him, more stronger emotional bond will be created between you and your newborn. On following all the mentioned above newborn baby care tips, you’ll be able to take special care your baby in a healthy manner.