This is the moment you have been waiting for…it seems all your life. You smile in contentment and gaze upon your little bundle of happiness.
Held safely in your arms and swaddled within a soft cloth, your newborn is sleeping; all is well. Until, inconsolable crying and wails pierce the quiet and peace.
A moment of panic! Everything comes rushing on your shoulders at once. Instead take a deep breath and say this to yourself, “I can do it”…
Adopt the following helpful tips in your baby care regimen. You’ll become confident about handling your newborn!
First Things First – Go Easy On Yourself
Childbirth is an experience. Labor can take hours to advance to progressive, i.e. delivery stage. You may need a C-section depending on condition of your and the baby’s health and/or complications.
Underestimating recovery period is one mistake many new mom’s make. Remember that your body is getting back to its prior state; the hormones that kept you mostly sane during pregnancy are receding. Take it easy; accept help and support from your partner and family.
Sleep Is Important For You
You won’t have a moment to rest after giving birth and bringing your baby home. Don’t be afraid to let your family hold your baby for cuddles or feeding while you catch up on some much-needed sleep!
This is where your partner can help, taking most of the burden of parenting off your shoulders.
Even a 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep, every day, will leave you feeling refreshed, energetic and generally in a good mood!
First Time Parent Tips on How-to Handle a Newborn
Couples who become parents for the first time don’t know what to do. Newborn babies are fragile which can be intimidating if you haven’t spent a lot of time around infants. Remember these basics and you’ll be fine.
Wash Your Hand before Handling the Baby
This is really important. It takes time for newborns to develop a strong immune system, which means your baby’s chances of contracting an infection (from you!) are high.
Make sure your hands and everyone else’s—who handles the baby—are clean. Wash them just before handling your baby for anything. Remember to dry them too. You can also use a hand sanitizer.
Support Your Baby’s Head and Neck
These parts are the most fragile and should be handled with the utmost care. Make sure to cradle your baby’s head when carrying especially if he’s a few days old. Give support to the head when carrying upright or when laying the baby down. Be gentle in your handling, when picking up or laying him down.
Instinct should guide you towards the best course of action to take when it comes to your baby. While taking advice and suggestions from other parents is recommended, don’t feel you ought to follow through every time. Every person’s case is different.
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