YOUR CHILD Taking care of your baby in the first 10 days
A quick guide for first-time mothers to get the basics right
THERE IS no job that is more important for a mother than to raise a child. However, the responsibilities of effective parenthood are staggeringly heavy at times, especially for firsttime mothers. There is a lot that they should learn and sometimes, they just don’t know where to start. Move! spoke to experts about what firsttime moms should do in the first 10 days of their little’s ones lives.
WHAT TO EXPECT AS A FIRST-TIME MOTHER
Lynn Bluff, a registered nurse, midwife and childbirth educator from Huggies, says first-time mothers should lookout for the following things in their babies in the first 10 days:
Face: It’s disturbing to see a new-born baby with a red and blotchy face. Care Tip – Wash your baby’s face daily with mild baby soap.
Eyes: Some babies have a yellowish discharge or crusting in the eyes, usually caused by a blocked tear duct. Care Tip – Wipe the area using a cotton ball moistened with warm water.
Nose: Babies’ noses tend to fill with mucus. Care Tip – Gently unclog nostrils with an infantsized nasal bulb syringe.
Umbilical cord: Keep the umbilical cord stump clean and dry; it will fall off within a week or two. Care Tip – Avoid covering the cord area with a nappy so that it can heal quicker.
YOUR BABY’S COMFORT
Nthabiseng Leso, a senior brand manager from Huggies, says as a first-time mother, it’s important to put your baby’s comfort first as it helps your baby to feel secure out of the womb. She further says mothers should take the following precautions:
Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, even for naps.
Place your baby on a firm mattress.
Make sure your baby’s face and head stay uncovered during sleep. Keep blankets away from the baby’s mouth and nose.
Do not allow smoking around your baby.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED TO BATH AND FEED YOUR BABY?
Lynn says new-borns don’t need a bath every day. In fact, a lot of babies get rashes and dry skin from too many baths. When the cord has fallen off, the baby only needs a bath once or twice a week. After a few months, daily baths are fine but not necessary.
She adds, “You should also nurse whenever your little one is hungry in the first few months. Your baby is going to let you know, loud and clear, but crying isn’t the only clue.”
Other clues that your baby may be hungry include leaning toward your breast, sucking on his hands or fingers, opening his mouth, sticking out his tongue, and being fussy.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR BABY’S NAPPY?
Nthabiseng says you should change your baby’s nappy before or after every feed, or whenever he’s soiled his nappy.
She advises, “Use Huggies My First Nappy, a Size 0 disposable nappy specially made for new-borns up to 4kg. Not only does Huggies My First Nappy provide the gentlest protection but it has a quilted triple absorption liner and an umbilical cord cut-out to help protect your baby’s new skin.”