Newborns are babies from the day one until three months period. They are called infants after that. Taking care of the newborn is no more difficult than looking after your own. After all they need warmth, safe and secure holding. It’s a wonderful period where the babies learn their new environment and sounds. Both mom and dad have responsibility in taking care of a newborn. Learning simple things in handling baby makes you an expert in that!
- a) Lifting and carrying your baby
New babies have an instinctive fear of being dropped which shows whenever their heavy heads allowed to flop or their uncontrolled limbs dangle in space. They can neither support their own heads nor control their own muscles, and they are happy when somebody does it for them. When a baby is in the crib the mattress provides support; when in someones hand the adult body support him. But being picked up or put down introduces an alarming moment when one kind of support is removed before the other is established.
- Holding the baby: While your baby is so small , it takes only one arm to support his whole body. Swing your left elbow across to brace her against you and you can have your right hand back.
- Putting down the baby: If you are right handed, put your left hand under his neck and your right hand under his bottom. Lean down and support her spine with your left forearm and support her head by spreading your fingers.
- Lifting the baby: When you lift the baby, do it slowly. Your hands and arms should be in the same position like putting your baby and put her directly against your shoulder.
Dressing your baby
Most of the babies hate the whole process of dressing and diapering as you are doing that several times a day and sometimes between their sleep. Baby hates to be bare and neither wants to put dress, so you should be quick and good.
- Undress your baby in a warm room so that he won’t feel cold.
- Choose front opening cotton garments rather than pull ups kind of dress.
- Put a diaper under him to avoid him weeing on you.
- Carefully put her arms in the arm holes and make sure that her hands and legs are covered once you make him dressed.
- Make sure that the baby is staying warm, but not too warm (mostly bundling the baby in a warm room temperature is enough as it helps for easy diapering and it gives baby a good cuddling warmth)
- Covering the baby head with a hat can help your baby to stay warm when its cool.
Newborn babies don’t need bath daily as it may affect his baby skin resulting in dryness. They do need a gentle wash to wash off the urine and feces that would make his bottom sore and to wash the dried milk that buried in the folds of his chin and the sweat salt from his head and neck. At least for the first week don’t use any lotions or liquids. All he need at that time is plain warm water and it doesn’t even have to be a bath (gentle wipe is more than enough).
Just use the cotton balls to clean the nose, ears, eyes, face, hands, umblical area and the bottom. You are not advised to submerge your baby in the water before the umblical cord falls off.
Changing a diaper
Changing diaper is the thing you might need to do often for newborn, so make it quick and easy for yourselves. That means gathering together the things you need-diapers, disposable bags, wipes or water bowl, cotton balls and a changing table.
Changing diaper is routine and repetitive, but that doesn’t mean it to be a boring stuff for you and your baby. It might be a perfect time for cuddle and conversation.
Caring for Nails
A newborn baby may be born with long fingernails and they grow rapidly. You have to keep it trimmed, otherwise they can make nasty scratches on her face as she waves her hands around, rubs her eyes or tries to suck her fist. Mittens can prevent the scratches, but only at the exorbitant price of concealing her hands from her.
Cutting the fingernails with scissors isn’t easy because the baby’s fingers are so small and thin. In my opinion, the better way is to peel the nails with your teeth or fingernails at the time of nursing.