The arrival of a newborn to the family is one of the most beautiful things that can happen to us. But, the birth of a baby can generate so many feelings: fear, anxiety, joy, etc. Let's learn together all about newborn care!
All those feelings are valid when it comes to having a child because parenthood is all about that. A mix of emotions that no matter how much people tell you, it’s the daily experience that will help you get to know perfectly those emotions you’ve been wanting to find.
Let’s try not to see babies as something so complex. Even though we know it is difficult, many experts recommend to take it slow and easy.
Here are three key topics to help you with the newborn care.
- Babies have very small stomachs. That’s why we’re not supposed to give them a lot of milk. As they grow, their needs will increase.
- Pediatricians recommend giving babies full access to the milk. That means to give them milk whenever they want, as much as they want.
- Always prevent the baby to fill up with gas. It can make them feel a little uneasy.
- A baby should pee constantly, and poop 3-to-4 times a day, depending on the type of milk the baby is taking. If the baby does that regularly, it means the child is healthy.
- Stay alert for mood swings. Most of the times, it might mean that the diaper is dirty.
- We know it can be uncomfortable for some parents, but it’s very important from time to time to take a look at the baby’s poop. Color, texture, and color can give us information about our child’s health.
- A baby’s sleep is one of the most important subjects that can wear any parent out. If the child isn’t getting enough sleep, that might freak us out and irritate us a little bit. Some babies have a hard time to conciliate sleep, and that’s when our natural clock can get messed up. Remember, the kid needs to have a bed schedule and keep in mind that during the day we must stay up. Some kids may find it more difficult than others, but it’s just about being patient and letting the child find its natural schedule on their own.
- We can help them accomplish that. We can start with programming a bedtime routine, such as trying to get them into bed at the same hour every night. Giving them a bath, a massage, and singing a lullaby to relax them can be really helpful.
- If the baby is going to take a nap, keep the curtains open and carry on with your usual activities.
- Dimming the lights and keeping the noise to a minimum will help the baby to tell the difference between day and night.
We know it can get difficult, but remember, it’s not the first nor the last time you will find yourself in that situation and, most importantly, you’re at not alone in this journey. So, if you have any doubts or you’re not feeling well, don’t be afraid and ask somebody to help you with any subject that can make you feel anxious or overwhelmed.
Keep in mind that a baby that eats, pees, poops, and sleeps, is a healthy child growing up. You just have to keep an eye on any sign that might concern us.
Our intuition is the best tool for newborn care.
And like our pediatrician says: “A happy and relaxed mom, is a happy and relaxed baby”.