Here Are Some Essential Tips On Looking After Newborn Babies
4 min read | Updated on 03-09-2021 by HappyPreggie

Caring for your baby is certainly one of the most important things you need to consider once you become a new parent. There are many things you need to take into account in order to make sure that your baby gets all the attention. 

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#1 Make sure that you feed your baby right. 

Deciding on whether you should breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby greatly depends on your personal decision and what your physician recommends. However, it has been shown that breastfeeding is still the best way to nourish newborn babies. Lots of benefits can be obtained through breastfeeding. Some medical studies have determined that breastfed infants have less hypersensitivity later in life compared with those who were raised with bottle feeding. This is mainly because the mother’s milk is known to contain natural enzymes and antibodies that can help fortify the baby’s immunity against infirmities. Aside from this, some doctors also believed that breast milk is responsible for the superior intellect as he/she grows and becomes fully developed. 

#2 Practical sleep aid tips for infants.

Sleep is crucial for babies because it has a direct effect on the child’s mental and physical growth. Newborn babies sleep for up to 17 and 18 hours a day. Parents should understand that babies sleep cycle could be pretty erratic. You may notice for a few weeks, your baby’s sleep may only last from approximately 30 minutes to 3 hours, and this can vary throughout a 24 period. But by the sixth week, you should see some signs of improvement as your baby’s sleep pattern becomes more structured. Newborns show signs of sleepiness by crying or rubbing their eyes. Newborns should be put down to sleep as soon as they feel sleepy. If you are not getting much sleep at night it may be a good idea to sleep when your baby does during the day if possible.

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#3 The proper way of bathing your newborn. 

Newborn babies need not be bathed on a daily basis. Bathing them two to three times a week is enough. Bathe your baby using sponge baths. This is imperative at first. Tub bathing your baby can only be done once the baby’s umbilical cord falls off to avoid infection. 

#4 Maintaining your baby’s optimal skincare. 

Newborn babies have smooth and delicate skin. For this reason, it is necessary that you use products that are specially made for babies. But before buying any baby product, it is best to consult your paediatrician. Most babies develop rashes from time to time and this is perfectly normal. However, if your baby seems irritated by a rash or has a fever, you should immediately seek advice from your baby’s doctor. 

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Like anyone else, newborn babies sometimes have special needs that require attention. When giving your baby care, it is important that you follow the advice of your baby’s physician. You need to know the types of proper care that you can give especially in the case of emergencies and how you can ensure they are safe at all times. As harmful as they look, it is very important to be careful whenever you are handling your little one to avoid any unwanted accidents. 

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