Having a baby is one of the most beautiful things that could happen in your life. Yet, it can also be very challenging. Raising your newborn child is not easy. It takes a lot of effort and patience to nurture your child until he or she reaches the stage of complete development. Though some of the time it can be quite challenging, the joys certainly outweigh any negatives.
Here are a few basic tips for successful baby nurturing:
Breast milk is recommended for the first 6 – 12 months of a newborn’s life. This helps to give the baby the optimum sustenance to grow and progress. Generally speaking, the newborn should be breastfed about 10 times in a 24 hr period during the baby’s first few weeks. As a parent, it is necessary that you know that your baby is getting the proper nourishment needed. Some indications that your baby is feeding well is when he or she is having at least five wet nappies a day.
If you have already spoken to other new mum’s, you wont be surprised to know that your newborn child may well spend the majority of their time sleeping. It is common for newborns to sleep most of the time, from around 12 to 20 hours a day! When putting your baby to rest, it is advised that you put your baby on his/her back, on a firm mattress.
3. Dressing Your Newborn
Dressing your baby in the right clothing is very important. Keep in mind that you should use clothing that is comfortable and appropriate. During cold weather, see if you baby will wear a hat and gloves to keep them warm. Though parents often want their baby to look fashionable, it is always better not to overdress your newborn. Babies struggle to regulate their body temperature and therefore rely on layers of clothing to stay the right temperature through out the day and night.
4. Baby’s Day Out
Taking your newborn out can be fun. However, you need to consider when and where you can take your baby. Try to limit outings to nice days. If you can, keep your baby away from people with colds or any other form of illness especially in the first few months. Also, avoid direct sunlight, especially between 12-2pm.
To sum it up, proper nurturing of your newborn child is a rewarding experience. You get to enjoy quality time where you and your baby can bond together. Make the most of every minute of it!