New Baby Care Tips
Basic Care for a New Baby
Caring for a new baby can be intimidating, especially if it is your first. There are tons of books out there, each offering different advice and reasoning. It can be very difficult to know what advice to follow or what to do. Here, we intend to examine the basics of caring for your baby. We will look at things like feeding, sleeping, dressing, crying, bathing, changing, and amusing your new baby.
Whether you choose to breast feed or bottle feed is a personal decision, and there is no wrong answer as long as you are doing what you feel is best for your baby. It is commonly said that breast is best, but in all honesty, some women can’t breastfeed, while others choose not to, yet their babies grow up to be healthy and strong.
Proper feeding is an essential part of caring for a new baby, and is often one of the most intimidating for parents. Ideally, a new baby should be able to eat whenever he or she is hungry, rather than on a specific schedule. For newborns, this will be about every two or three hours. If your baby isn’t waking for a feeding in this window, you may need to wake him or her to be fed.
A newborn will drink about three ounces of formula in a single feeding.
If you are breastfeeding, should nurse for ten to fifteen minutes on each breast. You should be able to tell your infant is hungry because he or she will cry, make suckling noises, or suck on his or her fingers.As a new mother, part of caring for your baby is making sure that he or she is getting enough to eat. While this is easy for moms using the bottle, it can be a little more difficult for those who are breastfeeding. You have to pay attention and make sure that your baby is passing several stools and making plenty of wet diapers each day.
Time for a Burp
Once your baby has finished eating, or if he or she becomes fussy during feeding, it is time to give him or her a good burp. while holding your baby upright with their head resting on your shoulder, gently pat the baby on the back while supporting their head and back until they are able to burp. Feeding your baby may seem intimidating, but like all aspects of caring for a new baby, it just takes a little bit of practice.
Next, let’s take a look at sleeping when it comes to newborns and young babies.
With all of the crying and feeding, it can be hard to believe that newborns sleep for an average of sixteen hours or more per day. It feels like they are always awake and needing you! While your newborn will sleep the majority of the day and night, however, thanks to a small digestive system you can expect to get up every couple of hours for feedings for at least the first few months.
While it may be tempting to let your newborn sleep with you,some strongly advise against it.
Babies, especially newborns are not strong enough to roll themselves over and can easily suffocate in bedding. Babies should sleep in a crib or bassinet on their backs to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. You should also remove any stuffed animals or fluffy bedding when putting your new baby down to sleep in order to eliminate any suffocation risk.
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