How Do You Take Care Of A Baby? 

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Having a new baby can be terrifying for a brand new parent or someone new to caring for a baby. This delicate creature relies on you for everything, and you don't want to make any mistakes. First, you need to know the basics of handling the baby to ensure you make the right decisions. Here are some tips on how to take care of a baby. 

Basic baby care requires the proper clothes, proper food and proper equipment. In other words, onesies, breastmilk and/or formula, a car seat and a diaper bag are the way to go. They also need to be held and talked to on a very frequent basis. That’s how they learn to talk.


Being a new parent can be worrisome and exhausting. You probably feel like you’re walking on eggshells when it comes to making mistakes. However, doing the best that you can is what’s key. Remember, you’re also the first who’s going to be teaching your child that making an occasional mistake is human. All your baby needs to know is that he or she is loved and properly cared for.

 

How do you not hold a newborn?

 

When a baby is first born, it's neck muscles aren't very strong. In fact, a brand new baby won't even be able to support its head on its own or move its head on its own yet. The head is rather heavy. That means you need to make a point to support the head more than anything else. The biggest mistake people make when holding a baby is not supporting the head

Some people take supporting the head too seriously and support the head with too much strength. The baby has a soft spot on its head. This soft spot allows the head to get through the birth canal during birth. There are three soft spots, and you don't want to hurt the baby by pressing on them too hard.  

You also don't want to be careless. As a new parent, you may be overwhelmed with everything you have to do while also caring for your baby. You may do things with your baby in your arms that can put your baby at risk of getting hit or dropped. Put the baby down somewhere safe if you need to answer the phone or do something in the kitchen. 

How you hold your baby makes the difference to whether he or she thrives. Whether you’re holding him or her over your shoulder or in your arms, you want to ensure that you’re supporting the head. At this point, the neck muscles are too soft to hold up the head on their own. It’sone of nature’s quirks for making the birth a little easier.

If you don’t support the head, it could dangle down the back. This can hinder the breathing, cut off the blood flow, damage the brain or even the brain stem. However, you don’t want to press too hard, either. It can pinch your baby as well as being uncomfortable for you.

 

How soon can you take a baby out in public?

 

Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, it’s not a question about how soon. All you need to do is take every basic precaution that you can. Like ensuring that he or she is well secured in the baby carrier and making sure that he or she isn’t overwhelmed. You want to be sure that everyone touching him or her is doing so with clean hands. You want to avoid places that could be super-germy, like mixed age daycare centers.

Babies are delicate, and they are vulnerable to things in the outside world. However, you don't want to be too precious with the baby. There is no real reason to wait to take your baby outside. Feel free to take them to visit friends or family or with you to the store. With that being said, you want to take proper precautions. You want to be careful about how much sun your baby gets. You also don't want to allow people to touch your baby with dirty hands. Make sure people wash their hands and use hand sanitizer before touching your baby. Finally, avoid locations known to be filled with germs if possible, such as doctor's offices. 


Since a baby’s skin is so delicate, you want to be mindful of how much sun he or she gets. Sunburn on a baby can happen in less than 20 minutes. The best way to prevent that is to apply sunscreen, avoid direct sunlight and cover your baby up as much as possible. If he or she does get burned, give him or her extra fluids, a cool bath, a baby-friendly cream and/or a cold-water soaked cloth. Whatever you do, don’t mess with blisters as they can get infected. Apply an ointment and bandage if one does happen to pop.

 

Should you wake baby to feed?

 Only for the first couple of weeks if he or she isn’t waking at least every four hours. The proper weight is extra critical. Babies have the smallest stomachs so they digest faster than any other age. As a result, their stomachs need to be filled more often than ever.

However, you don’t want to get him or her in the habit of you waking him or her up to feed. Otherwise, their energy will become imbalanced and they will not be very likely to go back to sleep. You also don’t want him or her to be excessively dependent in the long run.

Your baby needs to eat every 3-4 hours. They have a small stomach, and it needs to be filled often. However, as any new parent will tell you, it's a relief when the baby finally goes down for the night. You don't want to wake the baby up to feed it and then lose sleep when they don't go back to bed. For the first couple of weeks, the baby needs to be woken up to ensure proper weight gain. After that, let the baby (and you) sleep. 

 

How often should you bathe a newborn?

 

It's up to you and your baby how often you bathe them. Some babies love baths, and you may choose to bathe them every single day. Bathing too often can lead to dry skin, though, so consider maybe bathing every other day. If your baby doesn't particularly like baths, you should still bathe them a minimum of twice a week and use wet wash clothes to keep them clean in between baths. 

Taking care of a baby can be scary, but you can do it. Use common sense and when you go to the store, be sure to keep them comfy with a cute shopping cart cover. You may be surprised at just how resilient babies can be.


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