As soon as your baby is born you are born as a new individual. You gain a fresh entity – that of a mother. You learn how to perform your role in time, little by little, adapting yourself to your child’s world with the help of your own child just as they learn to adapt themselves to yours. As hard as it might seem, to take care of your little one, it might not be that tough if you try. You just have to understand a few things and take measures accordingly.
KEEP CALM AND DON’T GET ANXIOUS ABOUT PLAYING YOUR PART
Don’t be anxious, stay stress-free, because you transfer vibes onto your baby and your anxiousness can cause your baby to feel stressed as well, leading them to weep and crib. Take one step at a time, don’t get confused. You’ll be confident with taking care of your newborn when you stay relaxed and do things in an organised manner.
LET THE BABY SLEEP PEACEFULLY FOR LONG HOURS
It is natural for the newborn to sleep for long hours, which can go up to 20 hours per day, at least during the first few weeks. So there is nothing to worry about their sleep patterns.
FEED YOUR BABY AT SHORT INTERVALS
While the newborns sleep most of the times, sometimes for over 20 hours, they don’t sleep for hours at a stretch. Babies will wake up in between when they are hungry, for even though their stomach may be small their nutrient requirement is enormous and hence they need a constant supply of food (mother’s milk) at short intervals, although they are sleeping all the time and not performing any kind of activities.
THE 3 REASONS WHY YOUR BABY CRIES
Your newborn’s commonest reasons for crying are hunger, having soiled their diapers or when they miss the warmth of the womb. Try feeding your child when they cry, if this doesn’t work then check their diapers to make sure it is clean and if all is fine and yet they carry out their ceaseless weeping, then wrap them in a warm blanket and bring them close to your body, walk around with them in your arms, sing to them or gently rock them while having them on your lap. All they are seeking is some motherly warmth.
CLEAN AND WASH YOUR BABY IN THE PROPER WAY
Don’t wash your baby until the remains of the umbilical cord is shed and until then wipe their faces, hands and bottoms with wet cloth. When the time is right for them to be given a proper bath, fill a small bathtub with an inch of warm water, then gently lower your newborn in the tub and apply baby wash, shampoo, etc. on their skin and wipe it off with a clean cloth. Don’t leave your baby in the water for long and make sure not to leave your child in or around water, unattended as it can cause severe accidents. Use a clean towel to wipe your baby’s body, then apply some powder and dress them in fresh clothes and diaper.
All that you have to be is calm, patient and organized in taking care of your newborn. Keep your calm to understand your baby well, in order to attend to them better, maintaining these guidelines as closely as possible.