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New Born Baby Care

Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, you’ll be amazed at how much there is to do and to know when it comes to caring for your newborn.

If you’re a first-time mom, you’ll find this a useful learning tool. If you’ve been through it before, you’ll find it a quick refresher course.

While each baby is unique, we help you smoothly sail through the overwhelming stages you would be face while taking care of your newborn and hand hold you with our interactive, fun and realistic baby care classes.

HANDLING A NEWBORN:

if you haven't spent a lot of time around newborns, their fragility may be intimidating. So here are a few basics to remember:

  • 1. Wash your hands or use a sanitizer before handling your baby as your baby's immune system is not strong enough.
  • 2. Support the head and neck by cradling the head while carrying the baby.
  • 3. Do not shake your baby whether in play or frustration as it causes serious harm to the brain. For waking the baby rather use tickling, blowing on cheeks or ear.

BONDING AND SOOTHENING TECHNIQUES

Bonding is probably the most pleasurable aspects of infant care, occurs in the first few days after birth. For infants the attachment contributes to their emotional growth, and, hence developing their physical growth. It's like "falling in love with your baby"

Begin bonding by cradling your baby and gently stroking on her indifferent patterns, you can also go for "skin-to-skin".

Baby usually loves vocal sounds, such as talking, babbling, singing, and cooing. Baby rattles and musical mobiles are also a good way to stimulate your infants hearing. Try reading a book or rhymes as you gently sway or rock your baby.

Swaddling works well for initial few weeks and is another soothing technique that can be used. Proper swaddling keeps baby's arms close to the body allowing for some movement of the legs, it keeps the baby warm and also gives a sense of security and comfort. Swaddling also limits startle reflex which can wake the baby.

DIAPERING DO'S AND DONT'S

Your little one will dirty about 10 times a day, so it's your choice you want to use cotton nappy or a diaper.

Before diapering, make sure you keep the supplies handy, so you wot have to leave the baby unattended, i.e.

  1. a clean diaper
  2. diaper ointment or rash cream
  3. warm water
  4. cotton balls or wet wipes.

When wiping a girl, wipe her bottom from front to back and avoid any urinary infection. To prevent or heal rashes try these tips:

  1. change diaper frequently as soon as after bowel movement
  2. always apply diaper cream or barrier cream to avoid rash.
  3. If you use cotton nappy, wash them in dye and fragrance-free detergents.
  4. Un diaper the baby in between to let the skin breath.

BATHING BASICS

You should give your baby a sponge bath until:

the umbilical cord falls off and navel heals completely. A bath 3-4 times a week in the first ear if fine.

Have these items ready before bathing your baby:

  1. a soft, clean washcloth
  2. mild, unscented baby soap and shampoo
  3. towels and blankets
  4. a clean diaper
  5. clean clothes
  6. infant tub with 2-3 inches of warm – not hot! Water. To test the temperature, feel the water on the inside of your elbow or wrist.

After bathing the baby never leave your baby alone. If you need to leave the bathroom, wrap the baby in a towel and take him or her with you.

FEEDING AND BURPING

When it comes to feeding your baby, breastmilk is the best. Generally, its recommended that babies be fed on demand- whenever they seem hungry.

Your baby may cue you by crying, putting fingers in his or her mouth or making sucking noises.

Our lactation consultants help you cope up with the challenges of breastfeeding. With right feeding techniques and positions a mother can always experience a good feeding session.

Babies often swallow air during feeding, which can make them fussy, you can prevent them by burping the baby frequently. Try these burping strategies:

  1. Hold your baby upright with his or her head on your shoulder. Support the neck and back while gently patting the back.
  2. Sit your baby on you lap, support the baby's chest and head by cradling the baby's chin in the palm of your hand and resting the heal of your hand on his chest. Us the other hand to gently pat the back.
  3. If the baby doesn't burp, then it's important to keep the baby upright for at least 10-15 mins to avoid spitting up.

We at Aakash MomMe demonstrate and let you learn the basics of baby care in a fun yet professional way, so you can experience the beauty of engaging your new born rather struggling this phase.

Dr. Pallavi Verma
Lactation Consultant
Obstetrics & Gynaecology

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