It can be an overwhelming experience for parents and especially mothers when your first child is born. There are so many unexplored aspects of parenting you may have yet to experience for yourself and it can be difficult to figure all these out on your own.
Here are some tips on how to take care of newborns for mothers who are new to parenting:
1. Breastfeeding Your Newborn For At Least 6 Months
Create a schedule and make sure to always feed your newborn on time. Most newborns typically require feeding every 2- 3 hours and infants should only be fed with breast milk during the first 6 months after birth. Breast milk contains important nutrients that are essential for your baby's growth which makes in an integral part of your newborn's early development. During each breastfeeding session, nurse your baby for at least 10 minutes. Hold the breast near your baby's mouth for her to latch on. If done correctly, the mother usually will not experience any pain in her nipples. If the breast feels less full after the baby is done with the feeding, this tends to be an indicator that the baby is getting sufficient milk. If breast milk is not viable for your child, you can visit your doctor for a recommended baby formula.
2. Holding Your Newborn The Right Way
Knowing how to hold your newborn the right way is important especially in your baby's early stages of development as many parts of your baby's body are still growing such as their neck muscles which are not strong enough yet to hold their head independently, which could take at least 3 months.
3. How & When Will You Need to Change The Diaper
Last but not least, we have to talk about the elephant in the room. Changing the diaper of your baby is going to be frequent and also important aspect of your daily routine. On average, a newborn with regular breastfeeding or formula milk consumption will need changing of around 6 to 8 diapers in just one day. Regular changing is necessary to prevent your newborn from feeling discomfort during the day with a full diaper. To change a dirty diaper, prepare a changing sheet, gentle diaper wipes, baby powder as well as fresh diapers. Take note to wipe your newborn girls from front to back instead of back to front to avoid any urinary tract infections (UTI). One more point is to allow your newborn a few hours each day without a diaper so that your child would not feel too stuffy all day.