Will you be a good parent? How will you be able to take care of your little one? Are you well equipped? Have you made all the necessary arrangements? What newborn care basics must you bear in mind?
Such questions and probably many more must be whizzing through your mind all the time. Whether you are new parents or soon to be parents, it is natural to be a little apprehensive. So, what do you do?
A new baby in the family brings about a rush of joy and a desire to give it the best. But hold on to your desires for some time. One of the essential newborn care basics is to wrap your child in a cloth which is used. This helps you ensure that the cloth will not cause any kind of skin irritation to the child. The skin of the child is very sensitive and hence, calls for extra care. Cotton is the ideal material, allowing their skin to breathe comfortably.
The nails of the baby are sharp, the skin is sensitive, and the baby has little control over its own limbs. When you find the nails of your baby to be a bit long, do not hesitate to clip them. Some parents are may be scared to clip the nails of their newborns. It is understandable considering the tiny size of the fingers and even tinier nails, but not clipping can lead to the baby hurting itself. Special nail clippers for babies are available in the market to help you be careful while cutting your little one's nails.
When talking of newborn baby care tips, we cannot overlook neck support. Newborns are not able to support their own heads on their necks which can cause the head to bob around in an uncontrolled manner. This may shake up the developing brain in the little head leading to a case of brain trauma. Random neck movement can also cause injury to the neck muscles and ligaments. Providing proper neck support also helps the baby breathe comfortably.
If you take a closer look at the top front portion of the head of a newborn, i.e., the mid-scalp region, you will notice it is soft. This is called the fontanelle and it takes time to close and become hard; somewhere between 6 to 18 months. Therefore, it is important that you take care of this fontanelle region and be gentle when bathing the baby or wiping the head.
Massages, sadly, are losing their importance with babies. It is either because parents do not have much time or some of us consider them to be unnecessary. Try giving the baby at least one good massage a day. It relaxes the little bundle of joy and improves their blood circulation too. The choice of the oil is up to you.
Caring for your baby is an experience you will cherish all your life. You might be having butterflies in your stomach but trust your instincts. No one would know your baby better than you. And if you have any further questions, there is always your doctor you can turn to. They can guide you with all the newborn baby care tips and help you in your journey of parenting. Wish you happy parenting!