How much do you know about diapering, bathing, and feeding your newborn? Tips for new parents, including how to get breastfeeding off to a good start, washing and bathing your newborn, soothing a crying baby. Discover what you should and should not be doing as a parent with our handy advice.

Holding

Your new-born may feel fragile and delicate to you, but don’t be afraid to touch, handle or hold her/him! In fact, studies show that babies who are held for more than 2 hours per day thrive better and cry less. Your newborn’s muscles are not yet developed, so you will need to support her/his neck whenever you pick her up. You should also support her head against your shoulder.

Bathing

Bathing your baby is one of the biggest challenges for a new mom. Make everything ready before giving a bath to the baby. Go for a gentle cleanser formulated for babies, like JOHNSON’Baby Wash. If your baby has more hair, you might try a gentle shampoo. Don’t be afraid to gently wash the soft spot on the baby’s head. Apply your hand gently to the baby.

Diaper Change

Many parents are surprised at how many diapers their baby goes through in a day. To make life easier for yourself, store plenty of diapers before you bring your baby home. Learn how to change your baby’s diaper from youtube or some other sources.

Comforting

Make baby feel comfortable and don’t let her/him cry again and again. Generally baby cries for feeding, diaper change and problem in the stomach. Take advise from newborn baby doctor or elders at home.

Baby Massage

Research has shown that massages can relax babies, improve their sleep patterns and calm them when they are irritable. Giving your baby a massage is also a great way to bond with her/him, and it’s super-easy too!. You can use baby oil for the baby massage.

Feeding

Nothing is better for your newborn baby than breast milk of mom itself. Nutritionally speaking, it’s tailor-made for your infant. Unfortunately, sometimes mothers cannot breastfeed, due to medical problems or other special circumstances. Consult your pediatrician on how to feed your newborn most effectively. It is also advised to breastfeed your baby for at least 6 months.

Sleep

Your baby’s sleep patterns change as baby grows up. Newborns sleep through a major part of the 24 hours, waking up often during both day and night. Even so, you can still begin to develop a bedtime routine for your baby from as early as 6 to 8 weeks. Read up about how to take care of the baby after birth and plan her sleep routine accordingly!

SJS Child Care Centre located in Amritsar is one of the best childcare hospitals in Amritsar. Dr. Gursharan Singh Narang has 18 years of experience in childcare health services.

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