Parenting Newborns: A few things first-time parents need to know

Parenting has never been an easy task. Especially, if you’re a first time parent, you could end up worrying silly over things that really don’t need so much attention OR oversee things that are actually important. Your baby is a lot tougher than you think!

Your baby will give you enough opportunity to think, brood, worry and panic- he will throw up, not poop, poop too much, refuse food, cry inconsolably and so on. But know that babies were built to be far more resilient than you think. So stop worrying about each and every small thing- babies are extremely sensitive to vibes and can pick up on your anxiety. Keep a cool head on your shoulders and enjoy watching your baby grow up.

My newborn keeps crying!

Crying is the way a baby communicates. So, every time your newborn cries, it’s not a sign that there is something wrong. He may be absolutely well-fed and diapered and may still bring the roof down. However, if he cries inconsolably for over an hour, has fever, vomiting, rash, a swollen belly or anything else that’s unusual, you might need help from your pediatrician.

Babies love music- so if your baby is inconsolable, try singing, talking, babbling or rattles and baby mobiles etc. to soothe him.

Babies can sleep through the night without waking up to feed

Generally, a baby, during his waking time, needs to be fed every 2-3 hours and you may be advised not to keep your baby off feeds more than 4 hours. A lot of times, moms wake up their babies at nights to feed them, but it is absolutely possible for your baby on breastfeeds, to sleep through the night. The general rule for babies is- Feed on Demand. If your newborn sleeps soundly, he is full and fine.

Learn to distinguish between newborn vomit and spit-ups

Spit ups can be as forceful as vomits, but spit-ups are related to feeding. If you’re baby is vomiting from a gastrointestinal virus, it will happen as frequently as every 30 to 45 minutes regardless of feeding.

Baby feels warm

For the first 3 months after birth, any fever (except within 24 hours after vaccination), wherein your baby records a rectal temperature over 100.4 is serious. Do not give your under 3 month old baby Tylenol indiscriminately. Also, it is not recommended to give ibuprofen products until your baby is 6 months.

Oral hygiene

Begin oral care at the earliest. Start using a toothbrush at age 1. Till then, use a wet gauze to wipe your baby’s gums. Check with your pediatrician for fluoride supplements.

Get your information from reliable sources

Regarding vaccination and general medical care, trust the American Academy of Pediatrics or the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rather than unsolicited advice.

Physical closeness is important

Holding your child skin-to-skin, gently stroking or cradling your baby gets your baby emotionally attached to you and contributes positively to his overall development.

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