Care for newborn babies
New parents get different and sometimes even contradictory advice. About feeding, about baby sleep habits and about all the other factors in their care. The following are some very simple tips for your baby to have the healthiest nutrition possible.
Food & Beverage1. If you are going to choose to breastfeed, consider taking the time you are going to breastfeed, 10 minutes at each breast per feeding time is appropriate to start, so more of that time you would be damaging your breasts and run the risk of cracking or bleeding in the nipples. If you have already damaged your nipples due to the pH or acidity of your baby's saliva, choose to use HPA lanolin or Kamillosan cream, so that you will be able to heal them and will not cause harm to the baby at the time of having contact with these cicatrizers.
2. Feed your baby in each feeding with the breast in which you finished the previous feeding, meaning that if you started with the right and finished with the left then the next intake will start with the left and end with the right, so that you can properly empty your breasts and regulate the production of breast milk.
4. If you are going to feed your baby with formulas, consider one of the following brands such as Enfamil Premium 1, SMA Gold, Similac Advance 1 or Nan 1, diluting one measure of milk per ounce of water.
5. Try to feed your newborn baby every 3 hours, so you will be forming a pattern, schedule or routine. If he asks you before, then offer him some pure boiled water, and if he continues to sleep, don't wake him up, the next feeding will be hungrier and you will be able to space the feedings more. The easiest way to maintain this regular breastfeeding schedule is to apply bed sharing or co-sleep with the baby.
6. When you feed your baby breastmilk, the appearance of your baby's bowel movements is mustard yellow, and it will probably be after each feeding; on the other hand, when your baby is fed formula milk, he is very likely to become constipated and his bowel movements are a little harder and greenish-yellow.
Hygiene1. Hiccups, sneezing, shaking, runny nose, and "slimy" nose are normal in newborn babies.
2. Try to bathe your baby daily, better if it is during the night to relax and sleep longer, use a liquid baby soap. While you're bathing him use a towel over his body, so he won't feel so unprotected as the water falls directly on his skin, and begins to wet his feet until it ends in his head, so he won't be so frightened and will find the taste of the bath sensation.
3. You can clean the umbilical stump or what will soon be your navel, circumcision or earring holes as often as possible, with a little alcohol, or with neomycin healing cream, NEOBOL. Cover the navel with sterile gauze until it only falls out in about seven days. After this happens, it is common for a certain amount of blood to leak out during the first month of life. Avoid using a navel, as it will only keep the navel moist and increase the risk of infection. The more ventilated the navel, the faster it will heal.
4. Avoid overdressing your baby and try not to make him sweat, as this will cause "rashes" and other skin irritations that could predispose him to other skin infections.
5. For diaper changes, use cotton swabs and clean water to clean the genital area. Wet wipes are not appropriate at this age. To avoid chafing, use vaseline throughout the area to keep it protected and moisturized. If chafing occurs, use DESITIN-type zinc oxide creams.
6. If your baby was a girl, women tend to have a whitish vaginal discharge the first few days of life and sometimes even bloody stretch marks. This is normal and is due to the deprivation of maternal hormones.
7. Use a cotton swab with baby oil to clean your baby's feet in the area between the toes, as well as in the canopy of the baby's ear, so that you will remove all traces of water left after bathing and avoid fungus.
Remember: a newborn baby only needs to be fed, cleaned and pampered, so do it as often as possible, their needs are basic at this time, and your baby will not "fix" or get used to being carried and clothed during the first 3 months, as this will make him feel comfortable as in your womb.