Newborn Baby Care and Tips For New Moms
Taking care of a new baby is definitely challenging, especially for first-time parents. For this reason, you’ll want to learn everything you can about baby care during pregnancy, so that you can be knowledgeable and better prepared for when your baby arrives.
At Women’s Healthcare Topics, we offer you insightful tips and advice on all your baby care questions. Check out our “Baby Care” articles, and you’ll be on your way to raising a happy, confident baby.
Calm and Soothe a Fussy Baby
Since babies cannot use words to communicate their needs, they cry. Your baby will cry when he’s hungry, uncomfortable, in pain, or for no reason at all. Parenting a baby is a lesson based on trial and error. You’ll quickly learn what each cry signals, and how to cope. In the meanwhile, check out our expert tips on how to calm down your crying, fussy baby.
Paying attention to baby milestones is important, since late milestones can signal a developmental display. However, you should keep in mind that every baby reaches milestones at a different pace. For example, infants who are born premature often take longer to reach milestones.
Check out our “Baby Development” section, and you’ll get the dish on baby milestones and baby development.
How Babies Learn
Your baby is a remarkable creature. From the time he’s born, he is constantly using all of his senses to learn about the world around him. As a new parent, you can foster your child’s learning by stimulating his senses. Talk to him and help build his vocabulary words; make faces and smile at your little one, and he will quickly learn that your face is a source of comfort and calm; and use age-appropriate toys to further his learning.
All babies will get sick at some point. Infants have vulnerable immune systems, which are continuing to develop. It’s easy for them to catch little colds here and there. Plus, your baby is probably going to get diaper rash at some point. All of these are common newborn health issues that aren’t serious.
In this “Baby Health and Safety” section, you’ll learn about all the commonly asked questions about baby’s health and safety concerns.
Umbilical Cord Care
As a parent of a newborn baby, you must learn to take care of your child’s umbilical cord stump in the weeks after delivery. The stump often falls off within one to three weeks after birth, but in some babies, it can take upwards of eight weeks. Until it falls off on its own, you’re responsible for keeping the area dry and clean. (You don’t want the stump to get infected.)
Not every mother can breastfeed, though. Whether by choice or due to medical reasons, bottle-feeding is sometimes your only other opinion. Before you give birth, you should make the decision of whether you’re going to breastfeed or bottle-feed and learn everything you can about your choice.
In our “Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition” section, you’ll get advice on both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
You’ve probably heard the term that the “breast is best.” This phrase is true. Infant formula can’t rival the complete nutritional benefits of breast milk. For one, breast milk is rich in antibodies, which protect your developing baby’s immune system from common diseases and infections. Breastfeeding also lowers your child’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), as well as decreases his risk for becoming obese later in life.
Even if you do bond with your newborn right away, it can take time for dad or the siblings to bond with the new addition to the family. In the “Family Life with Baby” section, you will learn all about the bonding process, as well as information about baby’s first weeks at home and how life changes when you’ve got a new little one.
Bringing Baby Home
Welcoming your baby into the world is an exciting experience, but it does take some thought and planning. Before baby arrives, you’ll want to get his nursery ready (with a crib, baby bedding collection, nursery décor, and other essentials) and you’ll want to get stocked up with diapers and other must-have baby items.