Are you going to be a newborn parent soon? Are you giving birth to your first baby? Everything you need to Know About your Newborn care. When your newborn opens his eye in this world, he surprisingly sees you the same way as you look at him. This is a beautiful feeling that one of the precious things of your life is in your hands.
But to some extent, you are worried about how to deal with this little angel? You have no idea what he needs while showing different expressions. These expressions are complicated for new parents to understand what he wants from us. The way he behaves is keeping you surprised at every step. Because new parents, as well as newborns, are experiencing all such things the first time.
Mothers often worry about their Baby’s health, her sleeping time, her feeding, or her skin color, etc. Probably you are here in search of specific ways by which you can take better care of your baby after birth.
Well, don’t get worried, the time flies away. You will learn with a new experience every day. There are many things that you experience when your child behaves differently, helps you understand what your child wants. After getting trained, then you would realize that all things were very simple to handle.
I want to share some important points that are very helpful in the handling of newborns.
So let’s start with the things you must know about the newborn.
Parents probably wish to have a beautiful, white, having soft skin and round-faced Baby. But they often get surprised to look first at their baby having a different look. Your newborn infant may have a funny look, opposite to your imaginations.
Usually, new mothers have little confusion about the appearance of their babies. The presence of the newborn also astonishes you that will change gradually. When a baby is born, she might be red, wet, and having little swelling on her body due to her journey from the birth canal to this world. As your baby starts to breathe in the air, the redness of her skin will appear, would be fade within two days approximately.
She also may have a wrinkly and puffy face, and some have closed eyes. Your baby will also have fine hair on her body after her birth, which is called lanugo (soft downy hairs on Baby’s skin), which will fade gradually with time.
After that, your baby will have many variations on her appearance, from color to her body shape. Some babies may also have some birthmarks like blueish of any part of the skin or others. It may be temporary or permanent.
Baby’s head bones would be soft, and the shape of her head will be irregular for the birth process. Usually, breast enlargement may occur in newborn baby boy and baby girl, releasing of a milky substance from nipples is also normal, which will go away within days.
The premature girls may have a prominent clitoris and inner labia, and a full-term girl has larger outer labia. A small amount of white mucus may discharge from the vagina after a few weeks, related to female hormones.
Premature baby boys have small scrotum and undescended testicles. Boys born later have ridges in the scrotum with descended testicles.
Sleeping of newborn
Don’t worry if your baby sleeps a lot all over the day, and do not sleep at night. It’s normal to sleep at day and awakening at night during the first 3 or 4 days. Normally, newborn babies sleep up to 16 to 17 hours a day.
Most babies don’t stay asleep for two to four hours at once during the early days. These sleeping patterns may result in the irregular routine of parents. For the comfort of your baby, you have to up several times at night to change and feed her.
The sleeping cycle of your baby is essential for the development of your baby and also for her brain health. Most babies do not get a proper nap at night during the first week, but they start to sleep longer at night and shorter at day till 6 to 8 weeks.
Baby’s first stools
Your Baby’s first stool will surprise you. It consists of Meconium, a greenish-black substance in her intestine from pregnancy. For cleaning, use baby wipes.
After that, your baby’s stools will be yellow, green, or brownish. Your baby might be Poo once or twice a day normally. It also depends on how much your baby feed.
Your baby practices to suck in her mother’s belly, so after birth, your baby will ready to breastfeed. At the first feed, your baby will feel difficulty with breastfeeding, but soon after, she would easily feed.
Just after birth, the mother does not produce milk in the right way, so you have to use formula feeding, which is an alternative to breast milk. Gradually mother will able to breastfeed her baby. Take care of her feeding schedule. Her tiny tummy will fill quickly, also got empty so fast.
The baby’s feeding schedule is different in all babies. If you are using bottled milk as well as breastfeed, you should have to give priority to breastfeeding. For the better health of your baby, take a balance in her feedings.
Usually babies feel hungry after every 2 to 3 hours, and she needs feeding. Whenever you feed your baby, she needs to burp to assure that she eats better and digestible.
When do you bath her?
WHO recommends that the first bath of your newborn should be delayed until 24 hours after birth, or maybe over 48 hours. Give your Baby first bath with normal warm water by holding her accurately and support her head with one hand. Once your Baby’s health got normal, you did not need to bath her daily.
Your newborn baby only needs a bath once or twice in a week, because your little infant will have susceptible skin. If you are more conscious about cleaning your baby, you can wipe out her with wet tissues or baby wipes.
After the bath, you need to massage your newborn with baby oil so that it would hurt stronger your baby’s muscles and also suitable for maintaining her body temperature. You can also use anti-bacterial baby powder or other baby products after bath to avoid germs on the baby’s body. Keep your newborn away from fragrances. It could irritate your baby.
Can see very little
In the early weeks, your baby can’t see too far away. She can only focus on objects only at the distance of 20cm to 30 cm in front of her. At birth, your baby’s eyes are sensitive to bright light, so they use to close their eyes in bright light and usually open them in low light.
Gradually your baby’s vision will improve, and her eyes, muscles will be more reliable. New babies can only see white, grey, and black after birth. With time, their color vision begins to improve.
Other than black, white, and grey, babies will see red color first, then they would recognize all spectrums of colours, till they reach five months.
Newborn babies will be able to recognize their mother just after birth. It is natural feelings of a baby for mothers that they can feel their mother’s unique scent. They also feel the mother’s hands and voice.
Babies recognize mothers first, from all family members. The love between mother and baby starts during pregnancy. Naturally, mothers attached to their babies from pregnancy. After nine months of pregnancy, your meeting with your baby is so pleasurable for you.
But this is not common for every mother sometimes, and it is normal. If you are not feeling too much love for your baby, so you don’t have to worry, take some time for it.
Caring for the umbilical cord
One of the great care of your baby cares for the umbilical cord. You have to care for your baby’s belly button and keep it dry. Don’t hurry to take it off from your baby’s belly; it could be painful or infectious for your baby.
Wait for it to heal up and use medicines to apply to it. Let it be dry until it is falling off itself after some days of birth, and if it bleeds a little after falling, don’t worry, it is normal.
Swaddling of Baby
Swaddle your baby with more comforting blankets. You should have to care about weather conditions before swaddling her.
Just after birth, the outside temperature is new for Baby, so, you should swaddle her just like that, the moderate temperature could be provided to your baby. Make it sure that, in a blanket, your baby can easily move on, or her arms and legs are not caught there tightly.
Crying of Baby
Your Baby’s communicating source is crying. She tries to convey her message to you by crying. So, if your baby cries a lot, try to understand what she wants to you.
Crying is the very first priority to a baby, just after birth, she tells everyone that I am here in this world by crying. Everything, your baby wants, will say to you by crying. So, don’t you ever worry if your Baby crying or crying a lot? Just understand her language of crying.
Taking care of yourself
Caring yourself is also needed for Baby’s health, for example, cutting nails, clean hands before holding your baby. Wash your hands before hold her.
Certain foods need for your health, such as drink plenty of water, juices, proteins, milk, fish, yogurt, meat, and beans. These foods are better for breastfeeding and your baby.
Eating apricots and dates increase prolactin hormone, that is needed in your body to produce milk. The quality of diet is not affected by Baby’s health, but a poor diet may be affected by a feeding baby. Eat well, and keep your baby healthy. Do not smoke, or avoid alcohol if you are a breastfeeding mother.
I think this list of guidelines will help mothers more in understanding the dealing of newborns. For taking care of your little one, mothers should take care of themselves first. Though you are anxious about newborn handling, you will learn and develop in a few weeks and be parenting like a pro.