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Are you a brand new parent? Well, many congratulations from the entire team at WishABaby! May your little bundle of joy brings to you the biggest pleasures in life!!
So how are you finding this initial phase of parenthood? Tiring? We understand! But don’t sweat over it. We are here to help you out with some major tips and know-how that will make the phase really easy for you, mentally as well as physically.
Handle the Baby Correctly
How you handle your baby is very important, especially during the initial weeks of life. This is the time when your baby is extremely feeble and any mishandling can lead to major health issues. Hence, whenever you pick your child up, make sure that you support your baby's head and neck with your arms. Don't shake the baby or throw in the air; it can have a serious impact on your baby’s health, and can be life threatening at times as well.
Things to be Kept Handy
Always keep handy an extra set of clothes, diapers, wet tissues, a few newspapers, a water bottle, and a sanitizer in the baby’s bag. You never know when the need arises. Ensure that you keep a box of good quality wet tissues at your home as well as in your vehicle. Helps keep the baby clean as and when required since babies, till they are six-month old and even after that, tend to poop, spill, or throw-up milk, a lot.
Do Not Over Do Hygiene
Do not keep your babies wrapped in baby-bags all the time. Let them be free. Let them explore the new world around them, let them crawl, let them play. Don't keep sterilising everything around them, instead let them accept the nature as it is. But yes do ensure they don't get dirt or anything dirty into the mouth. This play-amid-nature helps boost the kid's immune system which can only happen when they counter common germs. Remember your own carefree childhood? Your kid needs the same.
Avoid Exposure to Loud Sound
Some parents are adventurous enough to tag along the child wherever they go, even to music festivals and cinema halls. Please avoid this if your baby is just a few days or hardly a few months old. Your child needs at least six months after birth to develop a strong hearing system. Till then, any loud sound will be harmful to his/her ear-drums. So be adventurous but with caution. Take him/her to the garden, to parks, to travel amid nature. Expose the baby to the natural sounds of birds, wind etc. rather than noise.
Let the Baby Cry Out
It is not always a solid diaper or something else that baby is bugged about that is making him/her cry. Crying is the way babies communicate. You’ll notice that your crying baby will suddenly turn into a smiling and blushing angel the moment you pick him/her up in your lap or start to sing a lullaby. That’s because your baby was trying to tell you to do so. But no, it doesn't mean that cuddling will always console them. If you notice the cry is constant and nothing works, then do consult a doctor.
Snuggle Your Baby a Lot
Nothing can help make a better bond between you and your child than the touch-therapy. Hence, do make it a point to snuggle a lot with your baby. It will help strengthen your relationship with your baby and will help you understand his/her needs and requirements better. Don't worry about creating bad habits. A sung or cuddle is different from carrying your baby the whole day in your arms.
Stay Away from Mommy Wars
No two children are the same and so are no two mothers. Hence assess your work and home environment and feasibility of time and resources, and accordingly plan what is best for your child. Neither try to be a supermom, nor a robot. Don’t compare yourself and your baby with others. Go by what the doctor says and not by what your neighbours or friends suggest. True, the experience of others does count, but can't always be right in your case.
Let Breastfeeding be Natural
Ideally, the baby should be fed every 2 hours. But that doesn’t mean waking up the baby middle-of-the-night to stick to the 2-hour feeding cycle. While it is good that you do take complete care of your baby’s diet requirements, let the demand-supply be made naturally habitual. It is a natural cycle for the baby to demand food by crying out or making gestures. Let that happen on its own. This will help you in the long run as well. Also, remember to never force-feed your child. It may harm the body's digestive system.
A Warm Body is Not Always Fever
Yes, don't panic if you find your little baby a bit more on the warmer side than you. A baby's body is usually warmer than that of the adult. But if the warmth rises above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and persists for more than half an hour, then surely consult a doctor.
Dress Up Your Child in Comfortable Clothing
When it is about your babies, do not go by fashion and trends. Choose the clothing that is comfortable for them. Prefer buying clothes that are soft in texture, neither too tight nor too frilly or loose. Dress your child in the clothes that let him/her feel free, breathe free, and play carefree. Even in winters, the innermost clothes must have enough breathing space for the lungs as well as the skin. Otherwise, despite everything done, your child will feel the discomfort and keep on crying.
Have an Adjustable Car-seat
This is especially important for those parents who have to drive alone with the child. Don't plonk your child in the car like a teddy-bear. Ensure you have an adjustable car seat and have a safety seatbelt attached.
Use Diapers Only When Required
Keeping the baby in diapers all the time can cause rashes on your baby’s soft skin. Hence, try and limit the use of diapers to only when you are travelling or may be at nights to ensure a sound sleep for the baby. Let the baby’s skin breathe freely. It is also important for healthy growth of the genitals.
Learn to be Flexible
It’s a good idea to learn to be a little flexible with your schedule. Now since you are proud parents of a little baby, a lot will revolve around the baby's needs, rather than your own. So better prepare to accept a bit of flexibility in your time scheduling, your eating habits, your living standard, as well as many other such factors that you will come upfront with passing time.
Say NO to Pre-Packaged Food
Packed juices and food items have a lot of preservatives which though an adult body can adapt with time, but in case of children, they can cause harm to the developing digestive organs. Some children are even found to be allergic to certain preservatives. It is hence always better to avoid giving any kind of packaged food to your little ones. Ensure that the child is only and only breastfed until the age of six months, after which you should give fresh home-made food to the child. You can also consider deep freezing fresh stuff and using it later, but this should also be kept limited for emergency cases only.
Don't Forget Yourself
You as a parent, are as important as the baby. Never neglect yourself, or your health concerns for that matter, because anything that affects you is ultimately going to affect your baby and your entire family. So do take good care of yourself if you really wish to take good care of the baby and the family. Make sure you go for timely vaccinations and regular health checks. Since the baby stays closest to you, highest are the chances of the baby catching-up an infection from the parents than outsiders. So keep the focus on staying healthy, to keep your child healthy and off the secondary infections. And in case you do catch an infection, especially viral, try maintaining a safe distance from the baby as far as possible.
Give Time to Each Other
Remember that before being parents, you were a cool, loving, doting couple. Don't let over-devotion to the child create a distance between you two. You can still date with each other or simply cuddle over a good movie or food or any other common interest.