Having a baby is a wonderful new experience and one that will be forever memorable. Your baby will be completely dependent on you and very small which will make you feel responsible for their well-being 100% of the time. It will make you feel scared and worried but also determined to take the best care of your new born. It also helps that there are helpful resources such as guidelines for new mothers to make the experience less daunting- especially for first time parents. Here we have compiled a few basic guidelines that you can take a look at.
Washing Your Hands
It is crucial that you wash your hands well every time you handle a new born, or at least use a hand sanitizer. This is important because a new born baby’s immune system is not strong enough and it is important to avoid any circumstance where germs or infections are likely to pass. If you have guests or visitors in your home, make sure that they wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling the baby. It will also be useful to keep a hand-sanitizer in the rooms that the baby is around and where you hold them often. Besides it is convenient for your and anyone holding the baby to clean their hands easily.
Support The Baby’s Head
When you hold your baby up, ensure that you support the neck and head firmly. New born babies have fragile muscle here and development is little therefore they will need to be supported when lifted to avoid serious injury. Lift them delicately and cradle as much as you can to keep them well supported and warm. When picking up a baby, scoop the baby as close to your body as possible and bend at your knees instead of the waist. This will help protect your back.
Communicate With Your Newborn
Newborns and infants generally enjoy most types of sounds so talk, read and sing to your baby as often as you can. Objects such as baby rattles, musical mobiles are also very entertaining for babies. If they tend to be fussy or appear to be afraid of the sound, it is best to sing softly or talk to them while cradling and rocking them gently. It may also be that your baby is sensitive to noises, in which case lowering the volume or using a softer tone will make it better usually.
Learn Their Ways of Communication
With time, you will be eventually pick up your baby’s communication methods. It will be hard initially however you will understand the difference between each cry. Some of the common reasons why a baby cries are because they are hungry, sleepy or too much noise or if there is a lot of activity around. In addition, they will also cry if they are sick or in some kind of pain or discomfort. Of course, a diaper change will also be another common reason. All in all, don’t worry too much, although a baby may look fragile, they are resilient and all you need to give is love and gentle care.