Hello, and welcome to Parent’s Essential Guide to A New Baby, Laying the Foundations for Learning.
In this book, we will discuss many aspects of caring for a new baby. We will look at the basics of baby care, such as feeding, sleeping, and the like, but we will also delve deeper, looking at how your baby’s brain develops and what activities you can do to help stimulate your baby and keep him/her happy and content. We will also look at baby development milestones, as well as ideas for designing a stimulating baby bedroom. It is my hope that this book helps you to learn new things you can do to foster a readiness for learning in your 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 breastfeed 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, or, 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.
An interesting fact is that babies are born instinctively knowing how to eat. The rooting reflex is the reflex that causes your baby to locate your breast and begin suckling. You can see this reflex in action by touching your baby’s lips or cheek with your finger and watch how he or she turns their head to face you and automatically opens their mouth.
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.
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 and at getting your baby dressed.