Pregnancy is beautiful. For the first time in life you’d have fallen in love with someone you haven’t met yet. There is no bigger gift than hearing your baby laugh when they’re happy and watch them sleep peacefully.
It’s been 10 days since my sister gave birth to her daughter. We were awestruck by her beauty. Blue eyes, fair skin tone, she is perfect. One fine night she kept crying for no reason, I never thought anything so small could be so irritating and cute at the same time.
However my sister pacified her in no time and I also gathered few tips from her which will help you look after your new born baby. Here they are:
People Who Love to Eat are Always the Best People
They maybe small but you’ve to keep feeding them repeatedly.
- Breastfeed them time to time and ensure they’re not crying for food. Of course you’ll be left with sore nipples but it’s just going to make your baby healthy.
- Breastfeeding will take some time, so before you start feeding your baby remember to pee and grab yourself some water so that you stay hydrated and a magazine so that you won’t get bored while you sit and feed your baby.
- If you feel your breast are sore and you feel tired, grab a warm pillow or a heating pad and place it under your breast. This will relax and soothe your breast muscles. You could also go for a cold ice pack to make yourself feel better.
- In the first few days, your baby will shed off more than 7% of their body weight. Don’t fret and worry. Just keep feeding them time to time every two hours until they get back their natural birth weight.
- Some newborns burp by themselves and some need assistance. A gentle motion or soft pats on the back will help them. Try holding the baby with their head resting over your shoulder, sit upright on your lap and pat their back gently.
Poop and Pee Everywhere
A newborn will wet diaper at least 5 times a day. It can extend up to 10 per day.
- Please take a note of your baby’s pee and poop schedule so that you’ll have it handy in case you notice any change in your baby’s health. Poop and pee indicate your baby’s health condition.
- The morning poops have a blackish tinge color and tarlike consistency, followed by light brown mustardy yellow poops. Remember these and if you happen to see any mucus or blood in the baby’s stool call the doctor right away.
- A new born baby’s stool will usually be watery and soft in nature. Don’t mistake it for diarrhea. If you are still worried and doubtful just consult your doctor.
Eat Sleep, Be Happy, Repeat
Newborns love to sleep. Almost 16 hours a day, though they manage to wake up and cry at the odd hours and spoil our sleep (winks).
Forget your sleep, your baby will keep waking up at odd hours and will demand for milk. So what can you do to feel comfortable?
- Sleep when your baby is sleeping. Take naps together, this really helps.
- Take shifts. Let mum take turn one to look after the baby after which dad can take it up. Hire a baby care taker if needed. Rock your baby on your chest until she/he falls asleep.
Soothe your Baby
What do you do when you’re absolutely clueless as to why your baby is so irritated and is crying? You have to go ahead and soothe them.
- Singing a lullaby helps at times. If not lift them up and swing them gently and play a soft music and you’ll notice that the baby will start enjoying the music. Research says that listening to music not only does it calm your fussy baby, it also makes your baby smarter.
- Try a warm bath together so that the baby will feel relaxed, if not check up their diaper and see if it’s cold and uncomfortable for them. Warm up the diaper a bit if needed by placing it on a hot vessel and then use it.
Baby’s Day Out
The sun is shining and you’d love to take your baby out for a short drive downtown and shop something for yourself. Not quite sure of what and all you must take care of before you step out? Here you go:
- Carry enough diapers.
- Carry a feeding bottle in case you’re not able to breast feed your baby in public you can feed it through the bottle.
- Carry extra clothes for yourself and your baby. If milk spills off, or your baby pukes or craps you can always change your clothes.