So you’ve just brought your newborn home, right?
Welcome to the most incredible time in your life — your son or daughter just arrived, and now it’s time to take care of them.
The first 30 days should be significant in many ways but also full of uncertainty.
As a parent, you will have plenty of questions such as: When is the right time to introduce solid foods? What do I need to know about infections like RSV? Can infants get sunburn? How does newborn sleep development work?
This handy guide can help you start caring for your newborn for the first 30 days.
The first few weeks of life are essential for your baby’s overall health and development. This is the period in which you can observe any congenital disabilities or diseases that may be present.
Any accident or harm to your baby during this time can result in permanent damage, which can be irreversible. It is therefore crucial that you take special care of your newborn to minimize any injuries or accidents that may occur.
Generally, a gentle bath 2-3 times a week is enough to maintain the hygiene of your newborn. Remember to bathe your baby with warm water and mild soap. Please do not use harsh detergents or soaps because they can irritate the skin, leading to rashes and blemishes.
It is also important that you do not bathe your child too often because this may lead to dryness and itching on the skin, making it prone to rashes and blemishes later on.
Feeding your newborn baby is important because it helps them grow up properly and develop their digestive system. It also helps with feeding during breastfeeding sessions and feeding formula during bottle feeding sessions so that your child will take in enough calories that they need at this stage in life.
Suppose your newborn exhibits symptoms such as yellow skin, enlarged tongue, loose muscle tone, or more. In that case, it is imperative to consult a doctor as your newborn may suffer from congenital hypothyroidism.
The doctor can determine the underlying cause of your baby’s condition and give you the best treatment to manage it.
Your baby will grow quickly, and it is vital that you choose comfortable clothes that can be worn for a long time. It is recommended to buy clothes made of cotton or wool, as they are soft and can withstand the changing temperatures in your home.
It is also good to buy clothes that are easy to wash and dry so that you don’t have to spend much time doing this task.
If your baby has been breastfed, you should burp her at least twice an hour until she starts eating solid food. This will prevent her from spitting up after every feeding and ensure that she gets enough air into her tummy, which will help with digestion too.
If you are using formula feedings, burping her after every feeding is still essential because it helps prevent colic or gas pains in babies as well as assisting them to digest their food better when given formula feeds instead of breast milk!
A massage is one of the best ways to relax your baby, and it’s also a great way to release tension and stress. You can give a massage to your newborn at any time — even when they’re sleeping.
A gentle touch can help calm them down after a long day or help them sleep more soundly. It’s also an excellent way to bond with your baby as you spend time together, which will help them feel loved and cared for.
We hope that this guide is helpful to you and that your first month with your new bundle of joy is a blessed and extraordinary time in your life.
Enjoy every minute with your little one!