Newborn Basic Care Tips on Different Key Areas

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Baby Diapers

One of the most important items needed by a baby from when they are born until when they are potty trained toddlers is the diaper. There are many different forms of diapers from the most common disposable diapers to the reusable diapers, pull-ups, cloth napkins and much more. Each mother or guardian should decide which kind of diaper they choose to use. It is, however, a good idea to have a few types of diapers at home. For example, if you choose to use disposable diapers, it’s still a good idea to have some cloth diapers at home in case you run out of disposable diapers or who knows? It is always important to stock up on diapers. Newborns go through up to five or six diapers each day and they are going to go fast if you don’t have enough in the house. Another accessory that’s needed is a diaper bag. The diaper bag is necessary because a parent or guardian needs to have diapers with them when they leave the house with the baby. The diaper bag is also used to carry around other diaper accessories and items needed to care for a baby. A classic diaper bag should contain at least, the following times:

  • Diapers
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wipes
  • Change of clothes
  • Changing pad or cloth
  • Bag to put dirty diapers

Giving a Baby a Bath

For first time parents, they will need to have some practice to master how to give a newborn a bath. It can be quite daunting at first but parents get used to it in no time. When leaving the hospital, the parents will get advice from their doctors and nurses on how to give the newborn a bath and how often. It’s common practice to hold off giving a newborn a bath until after the umbilical cord falls off. Before the umbilical cord falls off, the newborn should be given sponge baths and wipe downs. When the baby gets to the point when they can receive baths, the parents need to understand all the basics. First, you don’t need to give a newborn a bath every day. Three or four times a week is a good amount of time to give a baby a bath. When giving a baby a bath, it is important to have all the accessories and necessary items ready and within reach before you start the bath. This is because in absolutely no account should a baby be left alone in a bathtub during a bath. Leaving the baby in water is very dangerous and could lead to dire consequences. Some necessary items needed to give a baby a bath are – 

  • Baby bathtub or Bathinette
  • Soft bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Tearless baby soaps and shampoos
  • Plastic cup or bowl
  • Medicine or first aid kit
  • Soft sponge
  • Thermometer (to test the bath water temperature)
  • Baby oils

Feeding a Baby

For the first months after a baby is born up onto a year or more, a baby can feed on breast milk. Many parents choose to supplement breast milk with formula and some mothers choose for the baby to feed of breast milk only for the first 6 or so months. Whatever a parent decides, they should make sure the baby gets all the nutrients they need and that the baby is the ideal weight. For feeding the following utensils are basics that should be bought:

  • Feeding bottles (preferably glass or  BPA-free plastic)
  • Feeding bottle sterilizing kit
  • Bottle/nipple brush
  • Burp Cloths
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pump
  • Milk storage bags
  • Nursing pillow
  • Baby formula

Baby Nursery

A baby nursery is a place where parents and baby get to bond over time. It’s also a place where all baby items are kept and where the baby sleeps, where the baby is changed, where the baby plays and even where the baby is fed. The nursery has to be a very safe place. Many parents prefer to keep the baby in their rooms with them till they are a good age. Parents should make sure wherever the baby sleeps is not too hot or cold, and that there are no accident hazards. The baby crib should be kept clean and plain and should not have any blankets or pillow in it as it can cause Suffocation and SIDS. According to WebMD, babies should be kept on their backs to sleep. The crib should meet all the health standards and the sheets should be soft and clean with mild detergent.  Some basics needed in the nursery are – 

  • Crib
  • Changing table
  • Chair
  • Firm mattress
  • Crib sheet

Going out with a Baby

A baby should feel comfortable wherever they are. Going out with a baby requires a bit of preparation especially when they are still very small. It is important to not go to crowded places with a newborn as newborns still have a weak immune system and are susceptible to catching an infection. To go out, depending on terrain and mode of transportation, the parent will need some of these items:

  1. Baby Carrier
  2. Stroller
  3. Car Seat
  4. Baby Pacifier
  5. Nursing Cover
  6. Car Seat Covers
  7. Change of clothes
  8. Blankets
  9. Lightweight Blankets
  10. Changing Pads etc.