How to Take Care of Your Baby
Taking care of a newborn baby is a kind of task that most first time mothers usually find complicated. Remember a baby is a just a very young human being who still cannot communicate verbally and will cry in most instances in order to communicate. A baby usually depends on the parents entirely for everything and therefore must be given the necessary attention by the parents. You need to understand that when your baby cries then there is something the baby is communicating to you; either the baby is hungry or needs the diaper changed. Babies often sleep for the most part of a 24 hour period especially in their first few weeks in the world. You will realize that the baby’s sleep will be interrupted by hunger because babies eat quite often because they got small tummies with a nutritional requirement that’s big. You shouldn’t be alarmed if your baby wants to stick on your breast all the time because it is just normal for the baby to want to eat and not feel hungry.
Sometimes babies cry because they are feeling scared of the new world they have just entered into. Remember before the baby were used to the tight confines of the mother’s womb and you could soothe the crying baby to stop crying by wrapping the baby in a shawl and walking around the house. The other important thing that you need to learn about doing to the baby is cleaning. Because the young baby is still delicate and tender you need to take much caution when bathing her/him. It is advisable to use a soft washcloth to wipe the baby when bathing the baby especially when the umbilical cord stump of the baby hasn’t fallen off. You should always ensure that you get everything you need to clean the baby before even taking the baby’s clothes off. When everything is ready ensure that the baby’s bathing water is lukewarm by testing using your elbow before dipping the washcloth into it. Never leave a baby next to water unattended as there could be a very big chance the baby might just crawl into the water basin a get drowned! The next thing you will do after cleaning the baby is drying the baby by using a clean and tender soft towel just to avoid scratching the baby’s still tender skin. The towel needs to be clean to avoid giving any infection to the baby. It is recommended that you use only approved baby care jelly to apply on the skin of the baby. Using jelly that is not recommended may cause problems on the skin of the young baby.
When the baby has reached the age of six months you could purchase a baby jumper where you can place the baby to play in. A baby jumper is a safe and fun place where you can place your baby when you need leave the baby alone for a minute or two. You are however advised never to leave the baby in the baby jumper any long than is necessary.