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How to Take Care of a Baby?
How to Take Care of a Baby?

The first few months with your newborn can be chaotic and overwhelming for first-time parents. You will obtain all kinds of contradicting advice from everyone about newborn baby care. Lots of new parents are feeling unprepared when it's time to bring their new babies home from the hospital. You can take steps to help yourself get ready for the transition home. Taking care of a baby's basics needs is very simple to follow. There are some tips at for Taking care of a baby the following:

Take Care of a Baby

Don't Hush A Baby

You don't have to be the quiet time the baby is sleeping. The womb is noisy and newborns are used to the noise. We watched television and we would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept.

Soothe Your Wailing Newborn

When your baby cries, you comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That is helping her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity.


It is a very main thing to feed the baby on time. A newborn is feeding every 2 to 3 hours and you need to nurse her 8-12 times in 24 hours. Breast milk contains vital nutrients and antibodies that are required for a baby’s survival and growth. Hold the breast near your baby’s lips until she latches on firmly and starts sucking.


Once the baby is fed

Once the baby is fed, she needs to be burped. Babies are swallowing air while feeding, which causes gas and colic in their tummies. Burping expels this excess air, thus aiding in digestion and preventing spit-ups and stomach colic. Gently hold the baby against your chest with one hand. Her chin should rest on your shoulder. Pat or stroke her back very gently with your other hand until she burps.

Hold Your Newborn

It is very important to ensure that you are supporting your baby’s head and neck with one hand while holding her. This is because her neck muscles are not yet strong enough to hold up the head independently. The backbone is also still growing and becoming stronger. The neck will be able to support the head on its own only after 3 months of age.

Umbilical Cord Stump Care

You can not bathe your baby for the initial 2-3 weeks. Give her a sponge bath instead of lukewarm water. Keep the navel area clean and dry. Keep the baby’s diaper folded down so that the stump can dry. Disinfect your hands before handling the navel area.


Changing diapers frequently

Changing diapers frequently is one of the main things when taking care of a newborn baby after delivery. If your baby is getting sufficient breast milk or formula, she will wet at least 6 to 8 diapers in a day, along with regular bowel movements. Change her diaper frequently, as soon as it feels full. You may even have to change it at least 10 times a day.