Hey!! Newly born mamas and papas (and to-be mamas and to-be papas) Congrats!!!!!!
Yes, as soon as your baby is born you have given birth to the mothers and fathers inside you so you too are new-born parents. This must be the most beautiful day of your life. But i am sure behind this million dollar smile there is a little anxiety. Let’s take this one step at a time. I will break it into 4 to 5 steps for so that you are not overwhelmed by the information. Remember this; your newly-born will be very smart in just a matter of week or so and he or she would learn everything from their environment and about you. When my first was born i was as much inexperienced as you might be today. The first baby i every saw this small was mine. Immediately after the birth when i was brought back to my room and my newly born was brought near me to get his first feed he actually hooked on to my breast and started sucking, it made me wonder how come this less than an hour old child knows from where he could get his feed and how to take it. I made me remember this quote i read somewhere “While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also created by God”.
CARING OF YOUR BABY:
This new soft pure bundle of cotton is so delicate and sensitive that we need to take utmost care. They have special needs and need attention every second of the day. In fact i think you become their 24*7 audience just to catch a glimpse of their smile, how they sleep, yawn or make faces, Do they look at you, how do they look when they open their little mouth, wiggle their nose with their hands etc. These angels have varying feed time, play time and sleep time.
Breast feeding is the most important and normal way to feed your baby. Breast milk has all the nutrition your baby needs to grow and fight anomalies of the new environment. He/she has come into this life after living for nine months in the secured and comfortable mother’s womb. Breast milk has hundreds of enzymes and antibodies that make your child’s immune system strong to fight against infections. It is exactly what your baby needs. It’s easy to digest, at right temperature, easily available, less chances of getting infected; it has all the proteins the baby needs to grow strong. It’s being said the first milk is so strong that the effect remains till you grow old. Breast milk and breast feeding not only develops the child physically but also creates a bond between the mother and child. The mother is always the first person the child recognizes as it feeds from her recognizes her smell and body warmth. She feels close to her and feels secure. Many babies sleep when they are being feed as they feel secure and safe and their mother heart rhymes works like a soothing sound for them. Only mother milk is advised for first 6 months and after that when you start top feeding, the breast feeding should not be stopped till the child is 2 years of age. Many diseases can be avoided by breast feeding in early stage of development like:
- pneumonia and other respiratory infections
- coughs and colds
- gastrointestinal illnesses
- vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
- urinary tract infections
- ear infections that can damage hearing
Breastfeeding is not only good for the child but is a blessing in disguise for mothers too. The women who breast feed their child can return more quickly to their pre‑pregnancy weight. It makes your bones stronger later in life. It helps your body heal after the baby’s birth and most importantly lowers the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and diabetes.
I know it’s annoying to see your bundle of joy sleeping for most of the time when you actually wanna talk and play with her. But believe me it’s good for the body to grow and for you to recover from the delivery and for your body to get back its energy and strength. And i will assure you, you need all this sleep and rest for the future hectic days when your cuddly baby starts mobilizing.
In the first 45 to 60 days after birth your baby may sleep for about 15 to 17 hours. Your baby would sleep for 2-3 hours at a stretch. As she would get hungry the baby gets up a lot during the night time and breastfeeding them is the best way to get them back to sleep easily. But be cautious while you are feeding your baby at night see to that you don’t fall asleep and your baby’s nostrils don’t get blocked with your breast you are feeding from. This could block the breathing and cause unexpected conditions to rise. As the days pass your baby’s sleep time duration will increase and she will sleep longer during nights.
SIDS is the sudden unexpected death of a healthy baby due to being trapped between two surfaces or suffocating during sleep. Babies can sleep anytime anywhere. You have to plan ahead. If the baby is sleeping away from home, see to that the area where the baby will sleep is safe. Don’t leave your baby to sleep in playpens, strollers, swings, bouncers or infant carriers. Watch them continuously till the time they are moved to a safer place. Always keep the baby’s crib near your bed for first 6 months. Your baby’s crib, cradle or bassinet should have a firm mattress and a tight fitting sheet. Avoid heavy blankets and toys near them when they are sleeping. Keep your baby’s environment smoke and dust free. Do not use any kind of spray or mosquito repellents. Before your baby goes off to sleep feed her, change her to fresh light clothes which are comfortable and soft; Change her diaper and keep the room temperature cozy not too warm or cold. Never let your baby sleep on pillow-top mattress, waterbed, couch, sofa, armchair, recliner, or any adult bed. It is best not to share a bed with your baby (i know it’s not according to Indian sentiments but it’s safe)
Before you get discharged from the hospital after the baby is born get your baby checked thoroughly by a pediatrician and get the vaccination chart filled along with the date on which vaccinations would be due. Learn the way to give bath to the baby, how to wipe her body, make her wear clothes, how to cut her nails, clean eyes, ears or nose; Basic medicines to be kept handy. How should you breastfeed the baby and give burps; what should be done if the baby is cranky and has tight stomach. Some of these basic things need to be learned and understood from midwives before you take the baby home under your sole care. Check bath water temperature by using your elbow. Keep the temperature in your hot water heater below 49°C (120°F). Toys should be soft, non‑toxic, and washable. Toys that have no removable small parts or sharp edges are best. Keep small objects, such as pins (e.g.large diaper pins), coins, buttons, marbles and batteries out of reach and in safe containers. Keep one hand on your baby at all times during diaper changes. Keep all objects out of the crib and out of reach.
Few steps of caution and your baby is going to make your world a happy place
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