After surviving for 9 months of pregnancy and made it through the excitement of labor and delivery, you’re now ready to head home and begin life with your baby, and as soon as you’re home you begin to realize that you need help during this time. Consider the following guides in helping you get started on the proper way to handle your newborn.
Where to solicit for assistance after giving birth
The hospital is the appropriate place to inquire from its staff what are steps to observe in handling your newborn baby, so while you’re still in the hospital, inquire and talk to feeding specialists or lactation consultants, who can demonstrate how to nurse-feed or bottle-feed your newborn baby, and ask a nurse to show you how to hold, burp, change diapers, and care for your baby.
When you think you need in-home help with your newborn baby, these are options to take: inquire from your doctor regarding in-home help and he/she might give you referrals to home health agencies, hiring a baby nurse, or hire a responsible neighborhood teenager on a short time basis.
In addition, relatives and friends are there to volunteer, especially to whom you are close with.
How to handle a newborn
Because newborn babies do not have a strong immune system, they are likely susceptible to infection; therefore, before handling your baby, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer and make sure that anyone who handles your baby has clean hands.
It is important to protect the baby’s head, so cradle the head of your baby when you’re carrying him/her and support the head when carrying upright or when you’re laying your baby down.
Always fastened securely your baby when in a carrier, stroller, or car seat, and try to avoid from activities that could be too rough or bouncy.
The most pleasurable aspects of infant care is those bonding moments between the parents and the baby, and it is through bonding with each other where parents establish a deep, emotional connection with their infant. Examples of your bonding moments are when you’re like cradling your baby or gently stroking him/her during feeding time, such that there is a close physical connection, or massaging gently your baby.
Another way to bond with your baby is through vocal sounds, such as: reciting poetry and nursery rhymes, singing nursery rhymes, babbling and cooing while you’re rocking your baby gently in a chair.
Things to take note in bathing your baby: the baby should be bathed 2-3 times a week for the first year and sponge baths take place when the umbilical cord falls off and the navel heals completely, about 1-4 weeks, or when the circumcision heals, about 1-2 weeks.
Sponge baths are introduced when the baby’s head still needs to be supported, but once the baby can now sit well on his/her own, you may now start introducing him/her into a tub bath.