How to Look After a Newborn
The first weeks of a baby's life is a period when all family members get used to the arrival of their long-awaited new addition, but for parents, especially first-timers, it is also a period of learning characterized by anxiety and fear of doing something wrong or overlooking something essential in terms of looking after them. For those who want to have a guide for how to look after a newborn at their disposal, at OneHowTo we have prepared an article with the essential attention for little ones, have a look!
The first and essential step to look after a newborn is to relax and trust your own capabilities, anxiety and insecurity will only make this time more difficult. When your little one is awake, shower them with cuddles and kisses and give them all your love.
Remember when touching the baby, breastfeeding or changing their nappy, your hands must be very clean and disinfected to prevent transferring bacteria to them.
Although for the first weeks your little one may not be in their room, the atmosphere of their room should be nice with enough light and warmth. If it is winter and the heating is on, place a bowl of water in their room to reduce the dryness caused by these devices.
When putting them down to sleep, the baby's clothes should light and comfortable, don't place any objects or pillows in their crib (toys, stuffed animals). As for the safest sleeping positions, these are on their back or side, alternating every time you feed them.
Their clothes should be washed with a soap that is as simple as possible, without using strong detergents such as bleach. Remember that your little one should be comfortable in clothes in their size and that are suitable for the weather.
If you plan to go for a walk but it is wintertime then don't forget to put a hat on them to save their body heat that is lost through their head. However, in summer make sure their clothes are comfortable and don't make them too warm especially when the temperature is very high.
It is important to cut their nails when they are long as they could hurt themselves. This is a moment that makes parents very anxious, wait until they are asleep and use blunt scissors that won't hurt them you if they move.
Establish a walking routine every day, this is important for their development due to the stimuli they experience outside of their usual environment.
It is important to change their nappy frequently. If you've never done so, take a look at our article on how to change a nappy for the first time.
Many parents wonder how often to feed their baby, if you breastfeed them and have just fed them, they may feel hungry in roughly a couple of hours because they can process breast milk better whereas with bottles it can take between 3-4 hours for them to feel hungry again.
One of the most common problems during this stage is colic, which gives your little one a lot of discomfort so we have prepared an article so you can discover home remedies for trapped wind in babies.
During this stage you have to pay close attention to all their needs but above all give them lots of love to start building this beautiful bond that will unite you both for life.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO doe not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis.We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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