Only moms know how tiring it becomes to take care of their babies when they are home alone. Some new moms may be one step away from pushing the panic button when it comes to managing the safety and comfort of their newborn.
Baby care basics start at the hospital soon after birth. Your nurse may show you the right way to hold your baby, breastfeed, and give it a bath. If you had a home delivery, a doula or your mother might be there to help you with the baby. Even after all the training and the drill, you may still be worried about not being able to give your munchkin the best possible treatment. To help you get over these fears, here are some helpful baby handling tips.
Head Turning Preference: The safety guidelines suggest that a baby should sleep on its back. But, it also needs to experience other positions for a better molding of the head and preventing any head-asymmetries. That can be done by rolling the baby on its tummy when
Carrying Your Baby: A change in head position can also be initiated by holding your baby in a variety of ways. Carry it over your arm or over your shoulder, the way when you give it a burp after the feed. Place it higher over your shoulder, and make sure its hands are placed freely over you.
Picking Up Your Baby: Although it may be instinctive, you don’t always have to support your baby’s head—allow it develop head control. You can still lift your baby safely by first rolling it to its preferred side and then picking it up. Put it down the same way by side-lying. Place your hand gently but firmly around your baby’s armpit while picking it up.
Caring For Your Back: Parents often neglect themselves while taking care of
Tummy Time: Lay your baby on its tummy for some time when it’s wide awake. Try this when your baby is a bit older. This will help it strengthen its neck muscles and aid it in rolling over and crawl in the coming days. Place it on a rug on the floor, surrounded by the toys. Never leave your baby unattended.
Baby Massage: An after-bath massage is best for your baby. But, make sure your baby is not hungry or crying. Choose a comfortable and warm place for the massage. Let your baby enjoy your gentle touch right from the top of its soft head to its arms, fingers, chest, abdomen, and legs. Don’t forget those little toes.
Feeding Time: Most of the time that you spend with your baby will go in nursing it. Before you begin, make sure you are positioned comfortably whether in a chair
With time, you will develop strength and get used to holding your baby in a position that aids in natural movement and suits your comfort as well. Be confident while handling your newborn and cherish spending these moments with it.