The birth of a child is a wonderful experience for any new mother and the mark of the beginning of a new life. Being a mother has its rewards and is a new and exciting time in a women’s life. However, new mothers may need some advice for how to properly take care of their newborn baby. In this article I provide a few tips to help you, as the beginning can be very difficult and nerve-racking.
In regards to your baby’s sleeping, you will find a newborn baby sleeps a lot; sometimes around sixteen hours in a day. The baby will sleep in segments of about two hours at a time. The development of your baby’s nervous system is occurring and in a few months or so, he or she will start to sleep for longer periods of time until they reach the normal six to eight hours straight at night. This can be frustrating for the parents, because this translates into almost certain disruption of your own sleep pattern. But be sure to let your newborn baby sleep when he or she wants.
Did you know a newborn baby can benefit from doing exercise? Baby exercise can be accomplished by gently massaging the baby’s muscles. This assisted exercise for your newborn can help in the development of muscle coordination and control, as well as muscle strength. Just let your baby lie on his or her back and move the limps gently. Not only does this benefit your baby’s muscular development, but also provides a terrific bonding experience as your baby will interpret it as ‘playing’.
It is also very important that your newborn baby is given a proper and healthy diet. You can choose to either breast feed your baby or use baby formula from a bottle. The choice is ultimately up to the mother. You can also purchase a baby bottle warmer so that when your baby is hungry you can quickly and evenly warm the contents of the bottle in minutes. You can read bottle warmer reviews to ensure you get a safe and efficient warmer for your newborn. You should feed your baby every few hours throughout the day. Your newborn will certainly signal you to when he or she is hungry through crying and making a ruckus.
Be careful when bathing your newborn as excessively doing so may dry their gentle skin. Do not bath every single day and when you do bath them, a sponge bath is the best and safest option in the beginning because it is a more gentle way bathing. Focus on gently cleansing one part of your newborn’s body at a time and use a soft towel to wrap him or her in so they do not get too chilled.
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice from experienced mothers, as no one is a perfect mother straight from the get-go. You can find great resources online to help you as there are many websites dedicated to helping new mothers. Consulting your family doctor is always a good idea if you are unsure about something or just want some general advice. I hope you found these tips beneficial and I wish you luck on your new journey into parenthood!