For new mothers, it is quite overwhelming to welcome a newborn to your life. Caring for newborn might sounds simple but sometimes it could be challenging especially to new mothers. Rest assured, by following the 6 tips below, you can save a lot of time, efforts, money, and most importantly care like a pro.
Learn And Master The Art Of Swaddle
During postpartum, mothers who had just given birth either vaginally or through a C-section tend to be stressful due to lack of sleep while attending to their newborn. The worst thing is during the postpartum period, the mother’s body is still not fully recovered and normally requires around 6 weeks for full recovery after giving birth.
A study has shown that swaddling a newborn with a swaddle blanket will help newborns to fall asleep and remain asleep so that mothers can have a longer time to rest and recover fast. Apart from that, swaddling a newborn also decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as it keeps your newborn in a back sleeping position. Parents are encouraged to use cotton receiving blankets or cotton muslin wraps to swaddle their babies to avoid overheating.
Keep Necessities Near Your Infant’s Sleeping Area
Newborn from age 0 to 2 months will often wake up every 2 to 3 hours for feedings, diaper changes, and comfort. To save extra time, parents are encouraged to place all infant’s feeding, clothing, toiletries necessities such as formula milk, hot thermal flask, clothes, diapers, burp clothes, wet tissues, mittens, and swaddle blankets near their baby’s crib. By doing so, parents don’t have to make frequent trips to the kitchen just to prepare milk for their infant.
Do Not Stock Up Newborn Size Clothes And Diapers
Some new parents made a common mistake by stocking up newborn size clothes and diapers prior to giving birth and during the first few weeks following infant’s birth. Newborns gain weight quickly in the first few weeks as they sleep about 16 to 20 hours per day but wake up every 2 to 4 hours for feeding as they have tiny tummies.
Therefore buying one step bigger in size such as 6 to 12 months size is a wise decision to make. After all, bigger size clothes are still wearable as you may fold the sleeves according to your preference. The same rule applies to diaper size as well. You should not buy a huge number of newborn size diaper but rather buy only according to the demand and using an infant’s weight as guidelines.
Breastfeed Your Newborn After Giving Birth
New mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies as soon as they gave birth. Early breast milk composition contains colostrum which is highly beneficial to newborns. Antibodies inside colostrum can protect newborns against diseases.
Apart from that, colostrum has a mild laxative effect which encourages the passing of a newborn’s first stool called meconium. This helps prevent the severity of jaundice in the newborn as it clears excess dead red blood cells called bilirubin which is produced in large quantities due to blood volume reduction from the infant’s body.
Mother will also be able to sleep longer as breast milk’s sleep-inducing property would make her infant easier to fall asleep during or after breastfeeding.
Get An Anti Colic Bottle
According to a study, baby Colic mostly affect infants of 6 weeks of age and typically goes away by 6 months of age. Colic causes the infants to cry in a high pitched tone most commonly during the evening for no obvious reason followed by few symptoms such as flushed face, legs pulled up to stomach, and wrinkled brow.
There is no absolute reason why does colic happen to the baby, but there are several ways to reduce colic in the newborn. One of the methods would be choosing a bottle with an anti-colic valve which has clinically proven to reduce colic in babies by preventing baby to swallow excess air during feeding. There are quite a lot of bottle brands with anti-colic feature available in the market and one of them is Philips Avent.
Monitor Your Baby’s Body Temperature
Mothers should always keep the room temperature comfortable for a newborn to avoid overheating which could decrease the risk of SIDS. Baby can easily overheat because of too many layers of clothing, bedding, or when the room is too hot.
As a general guideline, if an adult feels too hot, the baby shall feel the same too. Few experts have recommended the ideal room temperature for the baby sleeping area should be somewhere between 20 to 22 degrees Celsius (68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit).
Mothers should dress their infant according to the temperature change especially when they are outdoor as outside’s temperature could either be extremely cold or hot. Make sure to remove any hat or extra sweater as soon as you are indoor to avoid any uncomfortable situations for your baby.
As you become familiar with caring for a newborn, you will be a pure expert in your own way. You will eventually be able to handle or effortlessly soothe a crying or fussy baby along the way. Now practice all these tips and become a proud mother of your kid.