Baby Care Tips For Your Newborn Baby

Before I was a mom I had never changed a diaper or had even held

a newborn baby in my life. I never really was the babysitting

type. I had no clue what I was doing, I needed some major help.

So now that I am a mom I would like to share some things that I

have learned that I didn’t know but wished someone would have

told me. Of course the nurses in the hospital showed me what to

do, but I always wished I could have been more prepared. So here

are some baby care tips, to care for your newborn baby.

-A bath two to three times a week is all the baby needs until

he/she can crawl around and get dirty. Of course you will want

to give sponge baths after meals and after diaper changes to

keep the baby clean. Giving baby baths to often can result in

dry irritated skin.

-Don’t ever leave baby alone in the bath for even a second, be

in arms reach of baby at all times. Make sure you have

everything you need with you when you are giving baby a bath so

you don’t need to leave for any reason, the phone, a towel,

shampoo are just a few items that you definitely will need when

giving baby a bath.

-The best way to avoid diaper rash and irritation is to change

the diaper before or after every feeding and as soon as possible

after each bowel movement. Sitting in a dirty diaper for even a

little while causes irritation. Use a diaper rash ointment

after every diaper change to avoid diaper rash.

-Diapers need to fit snugly as to avoid leaks but not so tight

that the diapers can cause skin irritation around the thighs and

stomach areas.

-On boys aim the penis downward as the diaper is being put on.

This minimizes leaks and wet pajamas and undershirts.

-Some babies love to be swaddled others hate it. If your baby

hates to be swaddled let his/her arms out and you can still

comfort your little one but he/she can feel less restricted.

-When picking baby up lift gently, slowly and close to your body

this makes baby feel more secure. Always make sure your arm or

hand is supporting baby’s neck.

-Don’t use cotton swabs to clean out babies ears. Use wash

clothes to clean in and around babies’ ear.

-Shampooing your babies hair only needs to be done two or three

times a week. Unless there is a problem with cradle cap that

requires you to shampoo more. Always put cotton or cover your

babies’ ears with your hands as to minimize the amount of water

that gets in his/her little ears. This can cause ear infections.

Get some sleep and rest when your child is resting.

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