35 IMPORTANT CARING TIPS FOR NEWBORN IN THE FIRST 2 MONTHS
Are you looking for newborn care basics? The first days of a newborn are very critical because at their age, newborns need all the care they can get. This article explores 35 important caring tips for newborn that will help your baby rest and grow better and also will help make your life easier and less stressful.
This article will explore great tips on baby feeding, nursing, sleeping, soothing and many more in the first 2 months with newborn.
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TIPS ON FEEDING
- Exclusive breastfeeding is strongly advised in the first 6 months but in the case you cannot carry through, please combine with formula. Please, its important you consult a lactation consultant to advise on the best approach.
- Use nipple protection equipments and nipple creams to reduce breast sore.
- Newborns can eat up to 12 times in a day, that is once every 2 hours. Look for signs that shows he is ready such as sticking fingers into the mouth, sucking fist or thumb-or lip smacking. Also look for signs that suggest the baby is full like when he moves the face away from the breast.
- Breast milk might not provide enough vitamin D, so ask your lactation consultant of vitamin D supplement for the baby.
- A time will come when the newborn will stop eating on cue, so expect variation in your newborn’s eating patterns. The amount of food change especially as he grows or that he might want to be fed more often.
- Do not fret or worry about the amount of food they eat but instead focus on the following:
- If there’s steady weight gain
- Signs of contentment after feeding
- Number of diapers used in a day; it is expected that after 6 weeks, a healthy baby must have used 6 wet diapers and 3 bowel movements a day.
Talk to your pediatrician if the newborn isn’t gaining weight or experiencing any thing less than what is listed above.
- Each feeding session should be a time to bond with your newborn.
- Know exactly when to ask for help.
- The breast nipple, (the areola area), should be neat always.
- If need be, please squeeze the breast so that more milk can get to the baby.
- Help the baby latch.
- If you are using formula, please prepare the formula according to the manufacturer’s instructions and measurements. Please use the scoop provided so you get accurate measurement.
- Be ready to breastfeed anywhere and at anything even in public. Learn to overcome the public breastfeeding jitters.
- Get comfortable while breastfeeding. A good sitting position will help but please never try to maintain an uncomfortable position because you would be feeding your baby often and about 20 to 45 minutes in each session.
- Feel relaxed when breastfeeding your newborn.
- Assist your baby find a comfortable position.
- Do not panic when milk leaks from your breast. It is normal in the first few weeks of nursing.
- Take care of your breast to avoid irritation
- Avoid breast engorgement
- It’s very important to create a routine. You can do this by giving him an evening bath to signal that the day is over.
- Before you sleep, feed him one last time while he is still drowsy. This will stop him from waking often at night.
- When it’s bedtime, do not make eye contacts with your baby because it keeps them wide awake.
- Sometimes pretending to be sleeping makes your baby want to sleep.
- Regulate temperature to encourage him to sleep. Keep rooms warmer during the day and cooler during the night.
- Let your baby sleep far from windows and fans.
- Create a rhythm by regulating the lamps into dimmer units in the evening and bright during the day.
- Science has proven that a little noise makes the baby sleep better. Let them sleep close to a vacuum cleaner, a radio that transmits static or nature sounds, CD or sleep close to a dishwasher or get a baby white noise machine.
- Reduce caffeine intake because through breast milk, they can be transferred to babies and this can keep babies awake.
- Fill the baby up. The more full the baby the more likely he is to sleep.
- Don’t go changing the diaper when he is sleeping, a good diaper should take him through the sleep.
- Use a feeding bottle so that you and your partner can share the night shift so you both can enjoy longer stretches of sleep.
- Provide the baby a cozy bassinet
- A quick 15 minutes spa can do a great job in making the baby sleep better.
- When it’s time to rise, make the room bright by switching the light on or opening the blinds. Exposure to light lets them know that it’s time to wake up.
- If your child rises early, then you should learn to delay him from sleeping early.