Parenting

Taking Care of a Newborn

Most of the new parents are very excited to have a newborn but often feel scared at the same time. This article includes several tips for taking care of a newborn.

As soon as you learn that you are having a new baby, he will be your first concern which is very normal. You need to feed him, arrange safe environment for him, and provide for his every need. Some of the most important things new parents can do for their newborns include:

Feeding

Regardless of whether or not your baby is breastfed or bottle fed with formula, the important thing for your newborn is to receive all the vitamins and nutrients he needs. You need to pay attention on how much he drinks and how often you need to feed him. If he acts like he is still hungry right after feeding, it is better for you to talk to an expert or your pediatrician.

Sleeping

The first thing that you can do is to provide a special bed for your baby to relax, such as a crib, co-sleeper, or cradle. Newborns spend most of their time sleeping. If your baby sleeps for eighteen hours per day, don’t panic because it is very normal for newborns to require this much sleep. After six weeks, newborns typically still sleep a lot, but maybe not quite as much as the first few weeks.

Bathing

It is also a very important and difficult task for new parents to keep their babies clean. When it comes to giving a bath to a baby, taking care of a newborn becomes harder. You may need a special bath tub to clean your baby; it makes it easier to clean your baby in a safe environment. You can use cotton balls with alcohol on them to clean the  umbilical cord. Once it is healed, you can start giving your baby a proper bath.

Using Baby Care Products

Newborn babies have very soft and sensitive skin. For this reason, you need to use lotions and creams that are specifically produced for babies.

Medicines

You need to be very careful when you are giving any medicine to your baby. It is strongly suggested to consult a pediatrician or your baby’s doctor before giving any medicine to your infant.   Many medicines are designed for babies older than six months, so it is best to speak to your baby’s doctor before administering any medications.

Your doctor is there to answer any questions you may have about your newborn.  They welcome any questions you may have to give your infant the best to start to his life as possible.

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