Your baby needs your special care and attention. A newborn baby is unaware of the hazards that may surround him, in one form or the other. It is you, who is supposed to look after the baby and take care of his health and safety. There are various baby care tips that you need to know and implement to have a carefree time during your child’s infancy.
Keeping your little one clean & comfortable can be demanding and exhausting. Sometimes you will find that basic baby care can again be a challenged and you will feel how to manage everything but it’s not a tough work and you just need practice and patience.
The most important tip is taking precaution during bottle feeding. If you are bottle-feeding your baby then make sure that the bottles are well sterilized and clean. There are many makes of bottle sterilizers that are available. There are some that you can put in the microwave and some that will continually sterilize throughout the day so that you always have clean bottles and teats available to go when you need them.
The mother of a baby is the busiest person on earth, and these additional baby care tips are designed to put a little order and routine back into your day to day routine. In no time at all, these baby care tips will become second nature for you and your baby helping you to get back to a somewhat ‘normal’ life.
These baby care tips are vast in scope as they touch many different situations. Following are some of them:
Baby care tips
1. Feeding your baby
Feeding your baby is the first and foremost care of your baby but before starting it you must be aware of whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby. Although Research shows that, in most cases, breast milk is the best food for your baby. But some mothers cannot or prefer to not breastfeed, in that case baby formula is a healthy alternative. It is very important to burp your baby gently after a feeding. While feeding from a bottle, make sure your baby is not taking in air bubbles. Be caution about the food that your baby is intake. When your baby is ready to accept semi-solids and solids, introduce one food at a time. Allow him/her more time to get used to each food. Avoid baby foods with additives.
One of the most important thing to consider is the type of diaper your baby should use, cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Each option has its own pros and cons. You as a parent should first check how comfortable your baby is. Parents usually make a decision based on time, convenience, environmental concerns and financial considerations. You can also go with both the options; use cloth at home and disposable diapers for outdoor purpose.
3. Bathing and Grooming
Bath time can be an exciting, fun experience for you and your baby but at the same time you have to be very careful. Before placing your baby in the water, test it with your elbow to make sure it’s not too hot or too cold. Never leave your baby unattended while he or she is in the bath. After the bath, bundle your baby up in a nice fluffy towel and dry him or her thoroughly. Make sure the umbilical area is dry and that the eyes, ears and nose are clean. You may need to clean these with a wet washcloth, but never insert buds into them. Trim your baby’s nails just after a bath.
According to pediatrician for the growth of the child it is very important for him to have sound sleep. It’s not unusual for a baby to wake at least once during the night until he or she is about a year old. The younger the baby, the more times he or she will wake during the night for feeding and changing. Before putting your baby on bouncer it is very important to check whether it’s clean & tidy or not. If your baby is not able to sleep properly for more the 2 to 3 days then concern a doctor & follow his instruction or change the place of baby’s sleep.
A common question of parents is when it is safe to travel by air with a baby. You should wait at least two weeks after the baby is born to take him or her on a trip that includes a flight. Before going for travelling it is very important to pack all the items you need along with plenty of extra clothes and diapers & make arrangement of stroller or carrier.
Child care is not an easy task it requires lots of effort and time & if you want to be good parent then take all the above mentioned responsibilities those parents are tasked to do. Then your new born baby will grow up happy, healthy and safe.
6. Baby tooth care
Most of the parents ignore baby tooth care, assuming that the early baby teeth are of not much importance or do not need much care. This is not the right assumption! Baby tooth care should start right from the birth so that it paves way for healthy gums and teeth in the long run.
In order to take a good care of your baby’s teeth, the steps given below should be conducted:
- Cleaning your baby’s gums right from the time you introduce semi-solid food would help your baby have strong teeth throughout his life. Gums can be cleaned with the help of cotton or any other soft or rubbery material which does not cause rashes on the gums. This should be done at least once a day.
- Avoid putting your baby to sleep with the milk or juice bottle in his mouth. The lactose in milk can react with the mouth bacteria, which results in tooth discoloration and other dental problems. Always take the bottle out of the baby’s mouth at the time of sleep.
- Have your baby’s dental examination around the first year. See what the dentist says.
- Do not use brush, gently clean it with soft fingers.