15 Very Helpful Tips for Newborn Babies That New Moms Wish They’d Learned Earlier
The moment you hold your newborn baby in your arms it’s like your life is starting all over again and it is the most wonderful moment in your life. Your baby will time and again steal your heart. No matter how much you prepare for the baby, you will always feel anxious about taking care of your very first child. Even reading all the books on parenting in the world will not prepare you for the little life that soon enters your life. So here are some useful tips for new parents who are filled with anxiousness over taking care of their little one:
1 Body language is an important factor
Pay close attention to your baby’s body language and you’ll find that crying isn’t the only way your baby tries communicating with you. When you see their fists clenched it could be an indication of stress or hunger. If you notice them kicking out repeatedly it means that they are in a playful mood. You know that they are starting to teethe when they begin pulling at their ears.
2Hold your baby with the arm closest to the head while breastfeeding
If you watched TV shows featuring newborns breastfeeding, then you might have noticed that these mothers often tend to hold their babies with their hand closest to the head of the baby. They use their opposite arm to hold their breast. For little older babies this may be okay, but for newborns, it would be better to do the opposite. In doing so, your free hand can be used to move the baby’s head while switching side also becomes easier.
3Whenever your baby is hungry better feed them
Babies generally need to be fed around 8 to 12 times a day that means one feeding after almost every 2-3 hours. However, always feed your baby on cue. When you notice your baby sucking on their fist it is a sign that he/she is hungry.
4Wake your baby up by tickling them
For whatever reason you might have to wake your baby up, never ever shake them. Even while playing with them never shake them as it can cause bleeding in the brain that is extremely dangerous and life-threatening. You can instead tickle them or blow gently on them while waking them up. You definitely will enjoy tickling them every now and then, so what better way to go about waking them up.
5Before breastfeeding do not give your baby a pacifier
There is an instinctive reflex to suck ingrained in babies which enables them to use bottles and pacifiers easily. Although, when you plan to breastfeed your baby it is much better to introduce pacifiers to them after they are used to feeding. In this case, it would be best to wait until your baby is at least 2to 4 weeks old.