Newborn Care Everything You Need to Know
Caring for a newborn can be both joyful and challenging. Here's a comprehensive guide covering everything you need to know about newborn care:-
Some basic needs to follow by parents
- Wash your hands (or use a hand sanitizer) before handling your baby.
- Support your baby's head and neck.
- Never shake your baby, whether in play or in frustration.
- Always fasten your baby securely when using a carrier, stroller, or car seat.
Everything you should know about a new-born baby
- Breastfeeding: Breast milk provides essential nutrients and antibodies. Feed your baby on demand, usually every 2–3 hours, and ensure they're latching correctly.
- Formula Feeding: If you're using formula, follow the instructions on the package for preparing and feeding.
- Signs of Hunger: Rooting, sucking on fists, and increased alertness are cues that your baby is hungry.
- Safe Sleep Practices: Place your baby on their back to sleep in a crib or bassinet. Avoid soft bedding, toys, or pillows.
- Sleep Patterns: Newborns sleep a lot but wake frequently for feeding. Gradually, they'll start sleeping for longer stretches.
- Sleep Environment: Maintain a comfortable room temperature and use swaddling or sleep sacks for warmth.
- Sponge Baths: Until the umbilical cord falls off, give sponge baths using a damp washcloth. Once the cord falls off, you can give yourself a gentle tub bath.
- Water Temperature: Test the water's temperature with your elbow or a bath thermometer to ensure it's not too hot.
- Gentle Cleansing: Use mild baby soap and shampoo and gently wash your baby's body and hair.
- Dressing: Dress your baby in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. Avoid overdressing or using too many layers.
- Cuddling and Soothing: Hold, cuddle, and comfort your baby when they're fussy. Swaddling, rocking, and gentle motion can help soothe them.
- Skin Care: Keep your baby's skin moisturized with a baby-safe lotion. Trim their nails regularly to prevent scratching.
Health and Safety:
- Doctor Visits: Schedule regular well-baby check-ups and vaccinations as recommended by your pediatrician.
- Fever: A rectal temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) is considered a fever in newborns. Contact your doctor if your baby has a fever.
- Immunizations: Follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect your baby from preventable diseases.