New­born Care 101

Guide] [new­born

Your Baby & Toddler - - [Newborn Guide] - By Cath Jenkin

All you need to know

When you bring your new­born baby home, you may ex­pe­ri­ence a mud­dle of emo­tions and ex­cite­ment, and it’s quite nor­mal to feel a lit­tle hes­i­tant about how to care for your new baby. We’re here to help – keep our help­ful guide near and you’ll ace the first few weeks of your baby’s life.

Be­fore you spend oo­dles of cash on new con­trap­tions that claim they will make your life eas­ier, re­mem­ber that the very best tools for child­care al­ready ex­ist in your home – you. New­born chil­dren, es­pe­cially, need a lot of gen­tle cud­dles and lov­ing touch. Don’t fret too much about keep­ing a new­born stim­u­lated or worry about whether or not they need to be watch­ing those brain boost­ing DVDS just yet.

FROM THE TOP TO THE TAIL

Be­fore ba­bies start rolling around, learn­ing to crawl or feast­ing on solids, there’s very lit­tle op­por­tu­nity for them to get truly dirty. For the first few weeks and months, ba­bies are mostly held, snug­gled or car­ried – and that means the big­gest ex­po­sure to germs and bac­te­ria will come via the peo­ple hold­ing, car­ry­ing or snuggling them. It’s there­fore com­pletely un­nec­es­sary for new­born ba­bies to be bathed ev­ery day – a sim­ple and quick top and tail will do. This is how to top and tail your in­fant:

Make sure the room you’re in is warm and that you have a clean nappy, fresh set of clothes and towel at hand.

Fill a nearby bowl or sink with warm (not hot) wa­ter.

Un­dress your baby and place him on a clean towel, as this will make it a lot eas­ier to dry him af­ter­wards.

You can use ei­ther cot­ton wool balls or a face­cloth to clean your baby.

Dip the cot­ton wool ball or face­cloth into the warm wa­ter and squeeze the ex­cess wa­ter out.

Gen­tly wipe your baby’s eyes, start­ing from the in­ner cor­ner, near their nose and wip­ing out­wards. Use a new cot­ton wool ball or end of the cloth for each wipe.

Us­ing a fresh cot­ton wool ball, wipe your baby’s ears and don’t for­get about wip­ing be­hind his ears. It’s here that milk and sweat is most com­monly found and, if left, it can be­come dry, crusty and ir­ri­tat­ing for your baby. Do not clean

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